• Jobs

    Ivanka Trump almost landed one of the world’s biggest jobs (Opinion)

    As The Atlantic reported in 2019, Trump considered putting his daughter in charge of the world’s main source of financial assistance for developing countries — he may even have been quite keen. With nearly $100 billion in loan commitments this year alone, the World Bank is a global leader in the struggle against poverty. Apparently, the former president believed this was a good mission for his eldest child. He was stopped from appointing her by the intervention of Steve Mnuchin, who was then Secretary of the Treasury, according to The Intercept. In 2019, Ivanka Trump was a 37-year-old with a bachelor’s degree who, but for a brief stint with a…

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  • Education

    Master’s degrees are the second biggest scam in higher education.

    Last week, the Wall Street Journal published a troubling exposé on the crushing debt burdens that students accumulate while pursuing master’s degrees at elite universities in fields like drama and film, where the job prospects are limited and the chances of making enough to repay their debt are slim. Because it focused on MFA programs at Ivy League schools—one subject accumulated around $300,000 in loans pursuing screenwriting—the article rocketed around the creative class on Twitter. But it also pointed to a more fundamental, troubling development in the world of higher education: For colleges and universities, master’s degrees have essentially become an enormous moneymaking scheme, wherein the line between for-profit and…

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  • Science

    New boss at one of Boston’s biggest life science developers

    There’s a new boss at one of Boston’s biggest, and busiest, life science real estate developers. Alexandria Real Estate Equities said Monday that Tom Andrews, the longtime top executive at the firm’s Cambridge office, stepped down from his position last week. Hunter Kass, who joined Alexandria in 2018, will take over local operations for the firm, a Kendall Square heavyweight which is rapidly expanding into other pockets of Greater Boston. Andrews, a well-known and genial presence in local development circles who just last month was named 2021 board president of commercial real estate trade group NAIOP Massachusetts, has been an executive at Alexandria for more than 20 years. In that…

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  • Science

    The 10 biggest physics stories of 2020

    Let’s admit it: It’s been a pretty rough year for our neck of the solar system. But it’s been a great year for scientists studying more distant reaches of the universe. From a colossal explosion to mystery burps deciphered, here were some of the top stories in physics in 2020. 10. Boom! (Image credit: X-ray: Chandra: NASA/CXC/NRL/S. Giacintucci, et al., XMM-Newton: ESA/XMM-Newton; Radio: NCRA/TIFR/GMRT; Infrared: 2MASS/UMass/IPAC-Caltech/NASA/NSF) What might have been the universe’s most powerful known explosion was detected back in 2016 — but it really happened over 390 million years ago. While the first four-legged critters crawled onto land, a supermassive black hole in the Ophiuchus cluster launched a jet…

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  • Science

    The Biggest Science News of 2020

    The pandemic’s toll on the research community Given the collective pivot the globe took toward addressing the coronavirus pandemic, we’re dedicating a separate post to what we heard from scientists this year—their struggles and triumphs, frustrations and joys. Aside from research on SARS-CoV-2 itself, the pandemic had huge effects on the scientific community. Tragically, the virus claimed the lives of a number of researchers. Lynika Strozier, whose “hands of gold” could extract DNA from small amounts of starting material and who identified numerous new species, was just 35 when she died of COVID-19. Paleobotanist Brian Axsmith died of COVID-19 at age 57. Paleontologist Robert Carroll, former Stanford University President Donald…

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