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July 23, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's a good thing red bread mold grows so quickly. Camden County College student Paul Manofu has only a few weeks to study the effects of tobacco on the fast-growing Neurospora crassa , considered a "model organism" for research because of its 24-hour growth spurts. He's hoping the experiment offers clues in the study of the "internal clock" that helps regulate cycles such as sleeping patterns, eating times, and energy levels. It's all part of a larger project led by Rutgers-Camden biology professor Kwangwon Lee. "If the circadian rhythm is altered in the model organism, it's likely to be modeled in humans as well," Manofu said, as he examined six glass tubes bound together with the fungus growing inside, fuzzy bursts of peach-colored mold every few inches.
NEWS
July 18, 2013 | By Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press
CAIRO - Egypt's interim leader swore in a cabinet on Tuesday that included women and Christians but no Islamists as the military-backed administration moved swiftly to formalize the new political order and present a more liberal face that is markedly at odds with the deposed president and his supporters. The changes came at a time of deep polarization and violence in Egypt, including new clashes that killed seven people as part of the continuing bloodshed that has marked the days following the armed forces coup that swept President Mohammed Morsi from office and cracked down on the Muslim Brotherhood.
NEWS
July 9, 2013
By Catharine B. Hill The Supreme Court's decision in the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case finally arrived, with a call for lower courts to now decide whether universities' admissions policies involving race are tailored narrowly enough. A university is to demonstrate, "before turning to racial classifications, that available, workable race-neutral alternatives do not suffice. " In anticipation of this decision, many have been arguing that socioeconomic status, rather than race, can be used as an alternative to effectively support diversity in higher education.
NEWS
June 24, 2013 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
WHEN KETTIE Eugene arrived in Oxford Circle from her native Haiti 11 years ago, she brought along her parents' attitude toward growing your own vegetables. "If you don't grow, you don't eat," Eugene said on a recent Sunday morning, tending the plants in her raised bed at the Take Back Your Neighborhood community garden, dressed in an elegant red outfit because she had come directly from early Mass at Our Lady of Ransom Church. Being the best-dressed urban gardener in Northeast Philadelphia didn't cramp Eugene's style as she hand-watered her cucumbers, zucchini, snow peas, collard greens, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers and cabbage with a sprinkler can, and planted marigolds to keep the ladybugs away.
NEWS
June 14, 2013 | BY TOM FERRICK, AxisPhilly
HERE'S A SNAPSHOT of the makeup of the building-trades union members in Philadelphia at the end of 2007: 99 percent male, 74 percent white and 70 percent living in the suburbs. Not exactly a diverse workforce. City Council and Mayor Nutter certainly didn't think so. "Economic apartheid," the mayor called it. In a get-tough mood, Council passed resolutions requiring 50 percent of the workers on the soon-to-rise $760 million expansion of the Pennsylvania Convention Center be minorities and women.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2013
If nothing else, you can count on bridal fashion coverage to be beautiful. But it's often lacking in diversity: one stunning bride, one handsome groom. We asked readers to submit photos from their same-sex weddings so we can feature the style apparent in all marriage ceremonies, whether it's from two stunning brides or two handsome grooms.
BUSINESS
May 22, 2013 | By Mike Armstrong, Inquirer Columnist
Urban Outfitters Inc. is the high-profile local company that shareholder activists are targeting once again over a lack of diversity on its board of directors. Specifically, the sponsors of a proposal listed in the Philadelphia retailer's 2013 proxy statement want Urban Outfitters to broaden the pool of candidates it considers in order to change a seven-person board that includes no women or minorities. The proposal, on the ballot for next Tuesday's annual meeting, is being sponsored by pension funds for New York City and Connecticut, retirement plans for Catholic and Lutheran ministries, and Bethesda, Md.-based Calvert Investment Management Inc. , which practices a socially responsible investing strategy.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2013 | BY SOFIYA BALLIN, Daily News Staff Writer ballins@phillynews.com, 215-854-5902
THERE'S a well-documented lack of diversity in Hollywood, but Councilman David Oh's Black Film Advisory Committee (BFAC) aims to shine a spotlight on black filmmakers in Philadelphia. The Committee strives to create a cultural and creative hub for anyone interested in working in the movie business, especially minorities. Kimberley Richards, special assistant to the councilman and coordinator of the committee, is in the process of planning the BFAC's second event - "The Return of 'The Set,' " a networking affair that brings together people from all aspects of film production - from producers to on-set caterers.
BUSINESS
May 22, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
A US Airways executive told the Independence Business Alliance on Monday that Philadelphia's largest airline was pursuing and seriously committed to diversity in its workforce. Suzanne Boda, one of the three highest-ranking women at US Airways and the executive overseeing the airline's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employee group - called Spectrum - said that from chief executive officer Doug Parker down, US Airways was "proud of our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
NEWS
May 18, 2013 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Student enrollment at the nation's 105 historically black colleges and universities has become increasingly diverse, while the institutions continue to face challenges in graduation rates, fund-raising, and other areas, according to a report by a professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. The report includes elite institutions such as Morehouse and Spelman Colleges and Howard University, and local universities including Cheyney and Lincoln. It was prepared by higher education professor Marybeth Gasman, who studies historically black universities, and her research team.
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