Extra Credit: Seven books Bill Gates wants you to read this summer

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Kristin Tyndall's read

"I was sick to my stomach," upon seeing Rolling Stone's allegations, says Teresa Sullivan, president of the University of Virginia (UVA). In a moving interview with the Washington Post, Sullivan discusses the major events of a tough year for UVA: one student disappeared, Rolling Stone published a now-discredited story of a gang rape on campus, and a black student leader was injured when arrested by police. Sullivan says UVA students' resilience and willingness to come together as a community helped them get through the difficult year.

Bill Gates' summer reading list features a little statistics, a little physics—and not one, but two authors of popular online comics. Gates points out that Darrell Huff's "How to Lie with Statistics" is particularly relevant in today's age of infographics. Are you adding any of these to your summer reading list?

Emily Hatton's read

New research shows sudden cardiac death is not a rare occurrence in NCAA sports. It kills one in 5,200 men in Division 1 basketball, according to a study in an American Heart Association journal. This spring, NCAA's top doctor said he recommended requiring electrocardiogram testing for all college basketball players, then reversed his stance due to pressure from school doctors and training staff who say it may sideline student athletes for no reason. Following this study, he has again come out to support recommending the assessments. Schools would not have to test students but may be at legal risk should an athlete die.

Scripps National Spelling Bee may have ended in a tie, but you can still test your own skills at home. Use the Washington Post's quiz on commonly misspelled words to check out your prowess compared with your coworker’s down the hall. It's remarkably satisfying. I got 39-3, dare you to beat me.

Dan Diamond's read

Elon Musk created a secret school. The famed entrepreneur and engineer—we joke around the office that he's the real-life "Iron Man"—has started a small elementary school for his children, and the children of a few co-workers too. Not much is known about the school, except for one interesting fact: It doesn't have any grade levels.

Want to persuade someone? Find a person who shares her identity. The scandal over Science's retracted same-sex marriage study (which I linked to in last week's Extra Credit) has raised questions over how best to actually convince someone else to agree with your views. Research increasingly suggests something that's kind of intuitive—like convinces like.

What are you reading this weekend? Let us know by tweeting to @eab_daily!


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