Bwoglines: Science Rules! Edition

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Bill Nye

Bill Nye explains the rules of science

The Vagelos family is giving University of Pennsylvania a $13 million present to help the school create a new undergraduate program in energy research. As if helping students learn how to build solar powered cars isn’t enough, the program’s acronym is VIPER. Now we’re really jealous. (UPenn)

Barnard President D-Spar was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this past weekend. (PR Newswire)

Sportaneous, the startup that wants you out of Butler and onto your much-maligned feet, got their app featured in the NYTimes. Sportaneous may not have helped the Times reporter find a pick-up game, but it was responsible for some quaffle-throwing mischief on the lawns recently. (NYT)

The Tevatron, formerly the world’s largest particle collider and a symbol of America’s scientific dominance, has powered down for the last time. Now it’s up to the Europeans to discover the Universe’s secrets, so at least we know they’ll be well-fed as they do it. (Wired)

But changes in science don’t always have to benefit mankind. Nestle has unrolled a new commercial targeted at our best friend—dogs. Yes, dogs. (Reuters)

No matter what changes science throws our way, there’s always some good news. According to a group of neuroscientists, evil isn’t real. CC is gonna be so boring now. (Slate)

Your real 5th grade science teacher via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Anonymous

    Vagelos is a Columbia family. Why didn't they give the money to Columbia. Someone should find out.

    • Anonymous

      was that part of the job of dean moody-adams?

    • Anonymous  

      Roy went to Upenn, right?

      • Anonymous

        Roy Vagelos, a chemistry major who graduated from Penn in 1950 before going on to receive a medical degree from Columbia University, is the retired chairman and chief executive officer of Merck & Co. He served as chair of the University’s Board of Trustees from 1995 to 1999, and he is a former member of the School of Arts and Sciences’ Board of Overseers and the founding chair of the Committee for Undergraduate Financial Aid. Diana Vagelos, an alumna of Barnard College in New York City where she serves as Trustee, is a former overseer of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

  2. Anonymous

    13 million for a program at U Penn, but CU Seas was renamed for just 26 million

  3. Anonymous

    sorry, dean moody-adams. this is in the area of engineering and applied science, so it is the failure of dean pena-mora.

    "dual-degree undergraduate program to be offered by the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Science."

  4. Anonymous

    That Slate article was possibly the stupidest thing I have ever read.

  5. Since rules!  

    At every establishment except Columbia university, where CC stands for community college but with out any community nor does it function like a college. Give up! Harvard and brown will easily take all jobs before you can even prove that you didn't learn anything.

    --James Harvard Dean

  6. I'm Rich Bitch  

    How about the damn Vagelos' just spot me about 200k for my tuition? That's like pocket change to those people

  7. uh..............

    roy DID donate money to columbia, dumbass. he donated to CU Business or one of the other graduate schools - i forgot which. bwog wrote about this a while back when i read it.

    i always remembered this cause he married his barnard sweetheart from college - reminded me of my own girlfriend and that i'm secretly asking her to marry me oh......sometime within the next 365 days :)

    - SEAS ' 09

  8. Anonymous

    Pena-Mora missed the boat on this donation.

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