Professors indicted for fraud in Georgia
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA — Georgia prosecutors have charged two University of Minnesota professors of fraud for being on two universities payrolls simultaneously.
Francois Sainfort and Julie Jacko were allegedly receiving payments from both the University of Minnesota and Georgia Institute of Technology and have been charged with conspiracy to defraud, theft by taking and making false statements. The two are married.
Jacko is a leader in the field of health informatics, the study of using computer-generated health care data for decision-making. Sainfort was the head of the Division of Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health before the scandal came to light.
By Luke Feuerherm The Minnesota Daily
Bob Woodward, of Watergate fame, to give this semester's Snyder Lecture
TUFTS UNIVERSITY — Bob Woodward, part of the pair of reporters who broke the Watergate scandal for The Washington Post in the early 1970s, will next month deliver the semester's Richard E. Snyder President's Lecture, according to James Glaser, Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences.
The Snyder lecture series has historically provided a forum for speakers to present provocative viewpoints on significant issues.
"He established his career by challenging a president - an administration - and as a result, he changed journalism and he and his partner had a profound impact on the course of history," Glaser said. "There are very few people out there like that."
By Ben Gittleson The Tufts Daily
Stressed rats used to study human depression
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT DAVIS — A recent study on rat brains at the University of California, San Diego has shown depression is triggered by the activation of a part of the brain called the lateral habenula, or LHb.
Researchers from UCSD, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory are searching for ways to control the activation to more effectively treat depression.
The LHb is also connected to other regions of the brain, which control reward response, the sleep/wake cycle and eating. Since the LHb is connected to all these systems, depression can lead to sleep disorders, compulsive behavior and eating disorders.
Testing rats with congenital learned helplessness could give insight into how depression is triggered in humans.
By Hudson Lofchie The California Aggie