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Where have Gainesville’s native green anole lizards gone?

Oct. 23, 2021 03:20 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — From April to September of 2017, Jesse Borden was climbing trees and counting lizards around Alachua County. Sometimes, he could be found in branches on the University of Florida campus or in people’s backyards. Other times, his distinctive...

Nobel winner remembers childhood in Pittsburgh

Oct. 23, 2021 03:09 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joshua Angrist suspects that his childhood in Shadyside in the 1960s and ’70s wasn’t like those of other people who have won the Nobel Prize. He rode his bike around the city at all hours, stopping home for dinner before heading out again with his...

Professor: Dragonflies thrive at mine drainage cleanup sites

Oct. 23, 2021 03:03 AM EDT

LILLY, Pa. (AP) — With a swoosh of a net, a flick of the wrist and a little bit of luck, St. Francis University biology professor Lane Loya snagged another dragonfly from a reed during a recent trip into the field for his research. For the past decade, he’s been...

Reformed university advocacy center puts focus on disability

Oct. 23, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The fall semester has brought the establishment of the new Center for Race, Indigeneity, Disability, Gender and Sexuality Studies (RIDGS) at the University of Minnesota. When the RIGS initiative was adopted in 2015 following student and faculty...

Hannah-Jones returning to UNC for 1619 Project discussion

Oct. 23, 2021 00:03 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones is returning to North Carolina as a keynote speaker for the annual Writers Week event at UNC Wilmington in November. Hannah-Jones will discuss her award-winning work on The 1619 Project, a New...

UA campuses, Auburn to require vaccinations for all workers

Oct. 22, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The three campuses of the University of Alabama System and Auburn University will require employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by Dec. 8, the schools said in a joint statement Friday. The schools said the Alabama campuses in Tuscaloosa,...

Professor resigns amid probe into posts on women, Muslims

Oct. 22, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A University of Montana professor who was placed on administrative leave while the university investigated blog posts about his religious beliefs that maligned women, Muslims and people who are LGBTQ resigned on Friday. “It is apparent to me...

University of Hawaii board defers modified tenure proposal

Oct. 22, 2021 17:37 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii's board has deferred a proposal to modify the school's tenure system after dozens of faculty members criticized the effort. The Board of Regents on Thursday voted to refer the recommendations to a special ad hoc committee for...

Major universities require employees to get COVID-19 vaccine

Oct. 22, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — The three largest public universities in Kansas will require all employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8 to comply with a directive from President Joe Biden. Officials with Kansas State University, the University of Kansas and Wichita State all...

Idaho education board makes some college fees optional

Oct. 22, 2021 14:11 PM EDT

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Students at state colleges and universities will be able to opt out of some fees under a plan approved by the Idaho State Board of Education on Thursday. The new fee structure allowing students to opt out of fees for activities, clubs and on-campus...