Sam Houston State University’s new Conroe campus adjusts to COVID guidelines

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This is the first semester that the new Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Conroe has welcomed students to campus, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the year is not starting as anticipated.

The College of Osteopathic Medicine received its pre-accreditation status in September of last year, which allowed the college to start recruiting new students. The school’s first class is 75 students but in about two years the school plans to double that number to meet its full capacity of 150 students.

As the COVID-19 pandemic made its way into Montgomery County, Sam Houston State University began to plan for changes to the new year, keeping in mind all the requirements their students will have to meet to become medical practitioners. Back in March, faculty were asked to work remotely and the school began to plan for a year that looked very different from what was originally planned.

“At first, students had limited time in the building but we felt very strongly that their experiential learning, their lab learning, we needed them in the building to do that, we needed them with their faculty to do that,” said Mari Hopper, associate dean for Biomedical Sciences at the campus.

In order to bring the students to campus safely for their experiential learning, the class was divided into four groups that rotated into the building throughout the day to keep the population in the building low. Before students even arrived, the school put together a video message for them that outlined the expectations in place for being in the building (masks, hand washing, social distancing, etc) with a message from the dean. Classes started on Aug. 10 as planned.

Portions of the classes that were not lab-based are being


How Brown University’s Endowment Quietly Became Tops in Ivy League

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Endowments often go to great lengths to seek out returns. Brown University’s goes further than most.

The $4.7 billion endowment has hired private detectives to investigate a money manager and backed unproven startup funds. The endowment’s former head and current adviser has also hosted some prospective managers for dinner with his family, supplementing Brown’s due diligence.

The approach has paid off. Brown’s endowment over the course of

Joseph Dowling

’s seven-year run has produced top-tier results.

It notched a 12.1% return in the fiscal year that ended June, Brown said last week, a top rate among college endowments. The median return of U.S. endowments in the same period was 2.6%, according to Wilshire Trust Universe Comparison Service. It was the second year in a row that Brown’s return rate beat those of the Yale University and Harvard University endowments, though they run far larger pools of money.

Joseph Dowling headed Brown’s endowment for seven years.


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Other investors have taken note of Brown’s growing lead and wondered how Mr. Dowling and his team, including Chief Investment Officer Jane Dietze, have pulled it off—and whether Brown can replicate that performance long-term.

Brown believes the endowment’s performance reflects the entire team’s work and not any individual’s, Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration

Barbara Chernow

said in a statement.

Mr. Dowling handed the reins to Ms. Dietze on July 1 and now is a member of Brown’s investment committee. He spends half his time on matters relating to the university, which is located in Providence, R.I., including advising its president,

Christina Paxson


He also recently joined forces with real-estate investor

Barry Sternlicht

to launch a blank-check company, an entity that typically goes public to raise cash in order to acquire a business.

Brown’s return over the past five fiscal


David Schultz Named Hamline University’s First Distinguished Professor

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Schultz is the first faculty member to receive the title at Hamline University.

“It is my honor to name David Schultz the first Hamline University Distinguished Professor,” said President Miller. “He has achieved at the very highest levels in academia, and has established himself nationally and internationally as a sought-after expert all while serving our students and contributing to the university community.”  

David Schultz’s record of accomplishment speaks for itself,” said Hamline Board of Trustees Chair Brenda Edmondson Heim ’77. “He is known around the world for his expertise in the American political and judicial processes and we are fortunate to be able to give our students the benefits of that expertise. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I extend my warmest congratulations.”

A lifelong scholar, Professor Schultz holds multiple graduate degrees, including doctorates in political science and law from the University of Minnesota, an advanced post-Juris Doctor degree from the University of London and master degrees in philosophy, political science and astronomy.

As a professor in the political science department at Hamline University, he has taught classes in American politics, public policy and administration, and ethics. Schultz holds an appointment at the University of Minnesota law school and teaches election law, state constitutional law, and professional responsibility. He has authored or edited 30 books,12 legal treatises, and more than 100 articles on topics including civil service reform, election law, eminent domain, constitutional law, public policy, legal and political theory, and the media and politics. In addition to more than 25 years teaching, he has worked in government as a director of code enforcement and for a community action agency as an economic and housing planner.

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Aberdeen University’s principal apologises over trip to Wales

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Prof Boyne has been principal and vice chancellor of the University of Aberdeen since August 2018

The principal and vice chancellor of Aberdeen University has apologised for any concern caused over a trip he made to a locked down part of south Wales.

Prof George Boyne said he made the trip from Scotland on Friday to see a consultant for a private health matter.

Student newspaper The Gaudie said his actions were in “stark contrast” with university rules which threaten “robust action” for those breaking Covid rules.

Prof Boyne said police had told him no action would be taken against him.

South Wales Police has been asked to comment.

Under the rules for locked down counties of Wales, nobody is able to enter or leave the area without a “reasonable excuse”.

Exemptions include to seek medical assistance.

In a statement, Prof Boyne said: “On Friday I travelled down to Wales for a private health matter, to see a consultant I have been seeing for some time.

“For the purposes of the visit I have been staying at our house in Wales which is occupied by our son.

“As I have reduced immunity, it felt like the safest option to be in our house, rather than in a hotel.

“It has been suggested to me that this may be not be in line with local guidance.”

He added: “I sincerely apologise for any concern this may cause.”

He said he had informed the senior governor of the University of Aberdeen.

Esther Robertson, senior governor at the university, said she would consult with fellow trustees to consider the full implications of Prof Boyne’s actions.

A spokesperson for the University of Aberdeen said Prof Boyne’s wife had travelled with him and that he had not yet


Cambridge university’s endowment fund targets net zero emissions by 2038

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By Matthew Green

LONDON (Reuters) – The University of Cambridge pledged on Thursday to reduce the climate-warming emissions from its investments to net zero within 18 years, a first among academic institutions under pressure from students to do more to combat climate change.

The 800-year-old British university said it would rebalance its 3.5 billion pound ($4.5 billion) endowment fund to ensure that it stopped contributing to global warming by 2038 – ahead of many other climate-concerned investors, who have tended to set a 2050 deadline.

“Cambridge is one of the world’s leading scientific universities and our plans are to align our investment portfolio with the science,” Tilly Franklin, the university’s chief investment officer, told Reuters television.

Cambridge said it would divest any remaining holdings in fossil fuel companies by 2030 to support its goal, part of a broader Cambridge Zero initiative to harness the university’s scientific and convening power for climate action.

Students in Europe and North America have campaigned for years to force universities to divest from fossil fuels. In February, Extinction Rebellion climate protesters dug up the lawn of Cambridge’s Trinity College as part of a week-long series of demonstrations in the town.

Dumping fossil stocks has proven contentious for many pension schemes who favour engaging with heavily-polluting companies. More than 1,000 institutions have nevertheless pledged to divest, according to pressure group Divest/Invest.

By going beyond narrow divestment strategies to target net zero emissions by 2038, Cambridge both joins a vanguard of investors seeking to drive an economy-wide shift to a low-carbon future, and raises the bar in terms of timing.

With the embrace of net zero targets still in its infancy, analysts say fund managers may face hurdles in gaining access to the kind of data and investment options they need to be certain they are delivering

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