Around the industry: Duke student could be first person on Mars

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  • California: The embattled City College of San Francisco will be able to restore its board of trustees this July, a year early, so long as the trustees complete professional development. The board was removed in 2013 by the state chancellor—one year after state officials threatened to revoke City College's accreditation. At the time, the chancellor said the board was not professional or efficient enough to help City College meet the standards for holding on to accreditation (Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, 2/23).
  • North Carolina: Laurel Kaye, a student at Duke University, is among 100 finalists for a one-way trip to Mars. The mission is being organized by Mars One, a Dutch nonprofit that hopes to establish the first human settlement on Mars. According to Mars One's plan, 24 people will be selected and sorted into six crews of four individuals. The first crew will launch in 2024. Kaye says she has been determined to visit Mars since high school. She currently studies physics and plans to earn doctorates in medicine and philosophy (Chason, USA Today College, 2/23).
  • Pennsylvania: Valerie Smith has been named as the new president of Swarthmore College, making her the school's first African-American president. Smith formerly served as a dean and professor of literature and African American studies at Princeton University. Smith says she plans to encourage more interdisciplinary work and deepen Swarthmore's connection to its local community. She adds that she was attracted to the "passionate commitment" that faculty, students, and staff feel toward the school. Smith will take office on July 1 (Laughlin, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/21).

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