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Universities challenge immigration ban


Seventeen higher-education institutions this week signed an amicus brief taking issue with President Donald Trump's executive order barring citizens from certain countries from entering the US. The signatories -- which include Harvard, Stanford and Yale Universities -- cited "damaging effects" of the order already suffered by US institutions.

Several universities sued by employees over retirement account fees


Employees at several colleges and universities, including Vanderbilt, Yale and the University of Pennsylvania, have filed suit against the schools alleging that excessive fees were charged on their retirement accounts. Attorneys for the plaintiffs are seeking to consolidate the suits into a class action.

Skeleton of ancient dog-like creature still puzzles scientists


The fossil remains of a dog-like carnivore that lived about 45 million years ago remain a mystery more than 140 years after they were discovered in Wyoming. Synoplotherium has been on display at the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale since 1899.

Scoliosis solution would make braces more effective


Braces to correct scoliosis in children are designed to correct the spinal problem and perhaps avoid future surgery. However, the devices are uncomfortable, and kids may not wear them as much as they should or may not use them properly. A team at Yale is targeting that problem with a sensor-embedded Smart Strap that detects how long a brace is worn, as well as how tightly.

Graduate teaching assistants continue unionization efforts


The National Labor Relations Board is widely expected to reverse a decision preventing graduate teaching assistants from forming a union at Brown University, and Yale University graduate teaching assistants recently staged a campus rally to push for collective bargaining. A Yale spokesman says the university's "longstanding position is that graduate students are students, not employees, and it would not be in the best interests of the students, the faculty or the educational process to change the teacher-student relationship to a manager-employee relationship."

Women claim more seats at top business schools


Women's enrollment in full-time MBA programs has reached 36%, up from 32% four years ago, data show. Women now account for at least 40% of the student body at top business schools such as Harvard, Yale and Wharton. "This should go a long way in building the senior leadership pipeline at companies and on boards," said Elissa Sangster, executive director of the Forte Foundation.

Engineers developing device to test for sickle-cell disease


University of Connecticut biomedical engineers and collaborators from Yale, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing a device intended to use a few drops of blood to detect and monitor sickle-cell disease. The 3D-printed device employs magnetic levitation to distinguish sickle cells from healthy red blood cells based on relative density.

Ivy League schools top list of universities with largest endowments


Harvard, Yale and Stanford universities have the largest endowments among U.S. colleges and universities, according to the NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. At more than $36 billion, Harvard's endowment puts it on top, with the University of Nebraska-Kearney rounding out the bottom with an endowment of $65,712.

College Board is criticized for AP U.S. history framework


Historians and others from Harvard, Stanford, Yale and Princeton universities and other organizations have written an open letter criticizing the College Board's revised framework for Advanced Placement U.S. history. At issue, they say, is the standards do not address "American exceptionalism."

Grads get advice from Colbert, Biden and Michelle Obama


Stephen Colbert, Joe Biden and Michelle Obama were among the speakers at this year's college graduation ceremonies, offering up advice that ranged from the earnest to the surreal. Biden, addressing Yale's graduating class, cracked jokes about the university's football team, and said his words would probably be soon forgotten.