NEWS: Financial Times editor Tett speaks on future of anthropology

BY DANNY JOHNSON
Staff Writer

Gillian Tett, assistant editor and columnist at the Financial Times, spoke about the inspirational career of French anthropologist Pierre Bourdieu and about a modern-day lack of respect for anthropology as a field in a talk titled “Joining Up the Dots: Why An Anthropologist Helps to Make Sense of the World” on Wednesday afternoon.

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NEWS: U. study finds new methods to increase antibiotic effectiveness

BY ANGELA WANG
Staff Writer

A study published in Nature Biotechnology this January led by chemical and biological engineering professor Mark Brynildsen has developed new methods to increase the effectiveness of antibiotics in killing harmful bacteria. The findings of this study help address ongoing concerns that bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to existing antibiotics, a problem Brynildsen called a “public health crisis.”

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News: Slaughter ’80 to leave U. for D.C. think tank

By JAMES EVANS
Staff Writer

Wilson School professor and former Wilson School dean Anne-Marie Slaughter ’80 will leave the University to become the next president of the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, D.C. Continue reading

NEWS: U. physicist Polyakov wins $3 million prize

By ELIZABETH PAUL
Contributor

Physics professor Alexander Polyakov was awarded the 2013 Fundamental Physics Prize for his contributions to string theory and quantum field theory on March 20. Polyakov was chosen to receive the award by a selection committee consisting of the nine inaugural laureates, including four members of the Institute for Advanced Study. Continue reading

NEWS: USG solicits nominations for Priorities Committee

By JEAN-CARLOS ARENAS
Contributor

The Undergraduate Student Government was asked by the University’s Priorities Committee on March 22 to nominate several students for the committee. USG president Shawon Jackson ’15 and USG vice president Carmina Mancenon ’14 are responsible for reviewing the applications, conducting interviews of finalists and selecting which individuals USG will recommend for consideration by the Priorities Committee. Continue reading