- Connecticut: On the football field, it's Yale Medical School physicians versus the Yale athletics staff—at least in terms of the playing surface. A not-for-profit group of 10 public health professionals, including some medical school faculty, are fighting the athletics' department's plan to replace the grass on the university football filed with AstroTurf. They say it is unsafe because of the presence of carcinogens, but administrators contend it is needed for the field to be used for more of the year (Marshall, Becker's Hospital Review, 9/29).
- Illinois: Twin brothers and philanthropists Thomas and Timothy Pearson have donated $100 million to the University of Chicago to found an institute for researching global conflict. The gift is the second-largest in the school's history, say university leaders. The center will bring a data-driven approach to conflict research and also unite policymakers and academics (Glanton, Chicago Tribune, 9/30).
- Michigan: The Association of American Universities has chosen as its next president Mary Sue Coleman, former president of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and the University of Iowa. She will assume the position in June 2016 (Thomason, "The Ticker," Chronicle of Higher Education, 9/29).
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