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Biophysics – ZME Science (Romania)*
Agricultural Economics – Journal Gazette and Times-Courier (Illinois)
Financial Aid – Chicago Sun-Times
Weed Science – Hoosier Ag Today (Indiana)
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Today’s Roundup of Higher Education News

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BIOPHYSICS
ZME Science (Bucharest, Romania, July 19) – It took two years, two supercomputers and two Illinois researchers, Juan Perilla and the late Klaus Schulten, to simulate 1.2 microseconds in the life of an HIV capsid, a protein cage that protects the viral genome. The findings, reported in the journal “Nature Communications,” indicate several properties that enhance the capsid’s adeptness at finding a path to the nucleus of a target cells, but also potential vulnerabilities that could be exploited to defeat the HIV virus.
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Also:
Alphr (London, July 19)
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Cosmos Magazine (Sydney, July 19)
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AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS
Journal Gazette and Times-Courier (Mattoon, Ill., July 19) – U. of I. agricultural economist Todd Hubbs says recent volatility in corn prices indicates concern about the 2017 U.S. corn crop.
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FINANCIAL AID

Chicago Sun-Times (Opinion, July 18) – The state of Illinois and its universities, including the U. of I., should stop cutting a student’s other financial aid when that student wins a scholarship, according to Robin Redmond, the executive director of the Chicago-based George M. Pullman Educational Foundation.
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WEED SCIENCE
Hoosier Ag Today (Zionsville, Ind., July 19) – Aaron Hager, a professor of weed science at Illinois, says staying ahead of weed resistance is a much better option than trying to react to it, “Because when you are in front of this, you can make the adjustment before it becomes a major problem in your operation. That is always a better position to be in than letting this get in front of you.”
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HIGHER EDUCATION NEWS

The Washington Post (Opinion, July 18) – The Chris Spielman-Ohio State University lawsuit shows colleges use athletes long after they’re gone.
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WSOC-TV (Charlotte, N.C., July 18) – Many historically black colleges are struggling to pay back federal loans.
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The Washington Post (Opinion, July 18) – U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos doesn’t understand Title IX and campus sexual assault.
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Today’s Top Stories From the Website of Inside Higher Ed:

The number of colleges and universities eligible to award federal financial aid dropped by 5.6 percent in 2016-17. The vast majority of disappearing institutions were for-profit colleges, but more than 30 private nonprofits were among them.
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California State University, Fullerton, has reinstated a part-time faculty member it terminated this year after he was accused of hitting a student at a political rally.
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It started when a student corrected his ex-girlfriend’s grammar in a letter she wrote to him and tweeted about it. Now he is suspended, and lawyers say First Amendment issues are at stake.
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A House appropriations bill eliminates funding for a small but critical program supporting international research and travel by doctoral students.
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Southern New Hampshire University announces the first phase of an initiative to expand higher education access to refugees.
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