In addition to soliciting glowing letters of recommendation, writing poignant application essays, securing financing and acing the admission exams, grad school hopefuls might want to add one more item to their to-do list, new research suggests: lose weight. Overweight graduate school applicants receive fewer admission offers compared with their thinner counterparts, according to a study published in May in the journal “Obesity.” Jacob Burmeister, a Ph.D. student in clinical psychology at Bowling Green State University, and his fellow researchers analyzed the grad school applications of 97 applicants, and found that candidates with a higher body-mass index
Comments: The person curled up with the physiology book is probably more likely to be dipping into the Haagen Dazs than the jock out partying or the disco queen with the slim figure.
Speaking as an admissions proctor for a fancy school, I never discriminate against them on the basis of weight - the ability to write a good sentence in plain english is so rare it´s insane to discriminate based on mere weight. Weight can be fixed if necessary but stupid is forever.
97 isn´t a large enough sample size to draw any conclusions. You need a larger sample, then you need to break it down into levels of obesity. +50, +100, etc. I would expect some bias contained to a small distinct group of reviewers. You might also find a similar bias against attractive, thin women, even blondes.
A good sentence with good english is rare. Did you see the guy that went to college kids and was taking petitions to o.k. abortions for the "4th trimester post abortions "? They more than gladly signed. How dumb is that? How did they get into college in the first place?
Washington - Only four out of 10 Americans believe President Barack Obama can manage the federal government effectively, according to a new national poll. And a CNN/ORC International survey released Monday morning also indicates that 53% of Americans now believe that Obama is not honest and trustworthy, the first time that a clear majority in CNN polling has felt that way. According to the survey, conducted last Monday through Wednesday, 40% say the President can manage the government effectively. That 40% figure is down 12 percentage points from June and is the worst score Obama received among the nine personal
Justice: As our "friends" in Pakistan trump up new charges against the doctor who was pivotal in the demise of Osama bin Laden, America does nothing. Have we no honor left at all? Ten years of warfare across the globe, billions in treasure and thousands of American service members´ lives — all to hunt down the most heinous terrorist who ever lived. But what that victory came down to was the brave cooperation of one courageous individual. Dr. Shakil Afridi worked with the Central Intelligence Agency to persuade members of the bin Laden family
The United Nations maritime tribunal has ordered Russia to free a Greenpeace vessel and 30 people detained after an oil drilling protest in the Arctic. The court in the German city of Hamburg said a bond of 3.6 million Euros should be posted. A Russian statement after the ruling said the Hamburg tribunal had no jurisdiction in the case. The Arctic Sunrise and its crew were detained in September. All but one of those held have now been granted bail. The vessel was sailing under a Dutch flag when it was stopped and searched. The Dutch authorities, who brought the case, argued
Venezuelan Minister of the Interior, Justice and Peace Miguel Rodríguez Torres thinks that the government should take action against daily newspaper El Universal for releasing on Wednesday on its front page a photo of a blood stain after a crime. He made such remarks to TV channel Venevisión. The photo shows blood remains and the arm of the victim who was killed by his kidnappers. The minister encouraged the family members of the deceased to sue the newspaper as well. "This photo undoubtedly deserves a lawsuit against the daily newspaper and we will make a great effort to make it
In the home stretch of the 2012 presidential campaign, from August to September, the unemployment rate fell sharply — raising eyebrows from Wall Street to Washington. The decline — from 8.1 percent in August to 7.8 percent in September — might not have been all it seemed. The numbers, according to a reliable source, were manipulated. And the Census Bureau, which does the unemployment survey, knew it. Just two years before the presidential election, the Census Bureau had caught an employee fabricating data that went into the unemployment report, which is one of the most closely watched measures of the economy. And a knowledgeable
Latin America´s fuel purchases from the United States have doubled for five years in an attempt at keeping the economies on. Meanwhile, dependence grows despite the region´s vast oil reserves. In the case of Venezuela, in addition to delaying joint refining projects abroad, state-owned oil company Pdvsa has made no strides with the expansion of its internal refining network at 1.3 million barrels per day (bpd). The oil giant has planned three new refineries for its portfolio, in addition to the expansion of two middle-sized units. However, Pdvsa has put off inauguration days. It now wants to add some 25,000 bpd to
MEXICO CITY – Residents of Tancitaro, a city in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, armed themselves and killed nine members of the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel, a self-defense group leader said. The incident occurred on Saturday after residents armed with rifles and pistols gathered in the city’s plaza after hearing the bells at the main Catholic church pealing, Jose Manuel Mireles, a physician and leader of one of the nine self-defense groups operating in Michoacan, told Efe. Armed civilians and members of the vigilante groups in the nearby cities of Buenavista Tomatlan, Tepalcatapec and Coalcoman provided support to the armed residents
CHAMBERSBURG - Know your constituency. It´s the first rule of local politics. The second: What happens in New York City usually can only happen in New York City, and is best kept there. Policies that fit “The Big Apple” don´t fit a town that is, say, known statewide for its Apple Festival. Just ask Democrat Pete Lagiovane, the mayor of this Franklin County town who won´t return to office in January. He lost his bid for re-election — to a seat he won unopposed the last time — in part because he signed up Chambersburg as one of New York Mayor Michael
Social Engineering: China says it will ease some of the restrictions of its one-child policy following its Communist Party meeting. Given the damage it´s done, this is to be welcomed. Too bad it may already be too late. After a four-day meeting of Communist Party leaders in Beijing that ended Tuesday, China announced that parents from either rural or urban zones will be allowed two children. Enacted in 1979, the intrusive policy embodied all the best leftist truisms of its day. A one-child-per-family policy supposedly was "humane." It would ensure that China could "feed itself" as well as reduce the consumption
Business leaders in the city are scratching their heads over recent remarks by Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio. Describing how he plans to govern once he takes office next year, the mayor-elect declared flatly that he doesn’t believe in the free-market system. At least Comrade Bill was being honest. “Everything you heard about me is true.?.?. I am not a free-marketeer.?.?. I believe in the heavy hand of government,” de Blasio stated matter-of-factly during an hour-long presentation to some of the city’s biggest real-estate developers. The meeting occurred several weeks before the election with de Blasio way ahead in the polls and New York’s business
WASHINGTON – Five activists are four days into a hunger strike at a camp set up near the U.S. Capitol to put pressure on legislators to pass immigration reform in the United States. Meanwhile others around the country are joining in – activists are also mounting hunger strikes in New York, Philadelphia and Fresno, California, according to the coalition of groups calling for reform. The organizers, which include CASA in Action and America’s Voice as well as religious and union groups, say that in the coming weeks Omaha, Nebraska, and Phoenix will have their own hunger strikes. At the same time, daily demonstrations
On a muggy day about 10 years ago in the Florida Everglades, Jack Shealy was riding his bike along a dirt road leading into the Trail Lakes Campground, where he has worked for decades. Like any good gladesman, Shealy has a substantial portion of his brain wired to recognize snakes in places where the rest of us would see only leaves and shadows. He skidded to a stop at the sight of a serpentine form stretched out in the sun. This particular snake was not especially large—only about a meter in length. Yet the color was something different. Greenish brown with
Though the Obama administration said that individuals making under $45,960 would get Obamacare subsidies, low-income young people in most of America´s big cities who relied on that promise are discovering they will be ineligible for them. According to a CNN report, though young people are now required to purchase insurance under Obamacare or pay a fine, "many low-income younger Americans won´t get any subsidy at all" because, as the Obama administration claims, the "cost of insurance is lower than the government initially expected." In April, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius "told a
The sounds of Christmas in the Obama White House mean James Taylor, Mariah Carey and Nat King Cole. “The kids tease me that they know it’s Christmas when I pull out my playlist,” First Lady Michelle Obama tells Ladies’ Home Journal. The holiday tunes are accompanied by hot chocolate and a fire in the Yellow Oval room as President Obama and his family decorate their tree. “Christmas has always been a special time in my household,” Michelle Obama says in the December/January issue. “Growing up, we lived in a little-bitty apartment, but my mom put her heart and soul into decorating that house.”
Noel Ignatiev, a professor at Massachusetts College of Art, has for years advocated the total elimination of Caucasians. During his final lecture before retirement last Monday, he told his white male students "you don’t deserve to live. You are a cancer, you’re a disease." NOEL IGNATIEV: If you are a white male, you don’t deserve to live. You are a cancer, you’re a disease, white males have never contributed anything positive to the world! They only murder, exploit and oppress non-whites! At least a white woman can have sex with a black man and make a brown baby but what can a
Bankrupt and hemorrhaging population, the city of Detroit is banking on greener pastures to lead its rebirth. A private company is snapping up 150 acres on the Motor City´s East End -- property where more than 1,000 homes once formed a gritty neighborhood -- and turning it into what is being billed as the world´s largest urban farm. Hantz Woodlands plans to start by planting trees, but hopes to raise crops and even livestock in the future, right in the midst of the once-proud city. “We are interested with moving into different types of agriculture,” Mike Score, president of Hantz,
Appearing on Arsenio Hall’s talk show over the weekend, ?Jesse Jackson defended both President Obama, who he said has faced heretofore unseen advsersity as president, as well as Jackson’s embattled son, who he said “had the best voting record in the Congress” before he was sentenced by unfair laws. On the president, Jackson praised him for “serving us well against the most hostility an American president has ever had” and “more attempts to derail his legislation then in the history of the country.” Between job creation and his efforts in Iraq, President Obama has “maintained a kind of dignity” without stooping
Normally, I don´t traffic much in gossip, but the case of Valerie Jarrett is different. She may well be the most powerful woman in America, and almost certainly is the most powerful member of the Obama administration. The adjective "shadowy" definitely applies to this woman who enjoys her power through her relationship to the President, having never been confirmed by Senate hearings. Her title as "Senior Adviser" to the President barely scratches the surface of her real power. President Obama has time for his 150+ rounds of golf, his extensive television watching, and his expertise on March Madness bracketology because ValJar,
The Obamacare rollout remains a debacle, but now enough time has passed that smart people are beginning to dissect what went wrong. So far, the best take I´ve seen comes from Internet pioneer Clay Shirky, who notes that the politicians weren´t listening to the people doing the actual work. I was talking about this to my Administrative Law class not long ago. I had told them that there are few real secrets in D.C. because everyone sleeps with everyone else. A student then asked why both the administration and the GOP seemed to have been blindsided by the Obamacare website problems. "I guess nobody was sleeping with the techies,"
America has long had two embassies in Italy: One for the country, the other for the Holy See. Barbie Latza Nadeau on why soon there will be only one. Citing security concerns without naming a specific threat, the U.S. State Department is planning to shutter its embassy to the Holy See inside the lush Villa Domiziana overlooking the Circus Maximus and Palatine Hill in central Rome. The embassy, which has been in operation since 1984 when Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II signed an accord, will essentially be swallowed up by the larger, more influential U.S. embassy to Italy.
Located just 50 miles off the U.S. coast, north of New York City, sits Petra, a heart-shaped island that now belongs to Brad Pitt, after Angelina reportedly shelled out £12.2million to buy it for his 50th birthday. Pitt is apparently an architect fanatic, so when Jolie discovered that the island´s only two homes were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, she was sold. Pitt once said,“When I discovered Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Frank Lloyd Wright, it changed my life.” A source revealed that “as soon as Angelina heard the island was on the market she arranged a viewing. She was really impressed.
"I cannot tell a lie." That´s the signature line from a classic American story. When the nation´s first president was asked as a boy if he had chopped down his father´s cherry tree, he didn´t say "I can neither confirm nor deny those reports," or "it depends on what the meaning of the word ´is´ is." George Washington told the truth even if it got him in trouble. The moral of the story -- Washington was a great leader because he would not lie, and all presidents should be as honest as our founding father. Well, guess what? That story about
The Elders, an organization of elder statesmen, peace activists and human rights advocates that includes former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, welcomed the interim agreement reached in Geneva between the P5+1 groups and Iran early Sunday. “We are all aware of the risks involved,” said Jimmy Carter. “But I am convinced that, after 35 years of animosity and distrust, there is an historic opportunity to rebuild relations with the government and people of Iran on solid foundations of mutual respect.” Kofi Annan, the chairman of the Elders and former secretary-general of the UN, said he hoped the deal would be "swiftly followed up
ObamaCare may have backfired in its goal of making smoking so expensive that users quit, public health experts say, as sky-high insurance premiums force smokers to drop coverage altogether and lose smoking cessation programs along with it. "Tobacco surcharges are not proven to help tobacco users quit and there are major concerns that they will prevent people from getting health care coverage," the American Lung Association´s Jennifer Singleterry said. The ALA supports the Affordable Care Act, as does the American Cancer Society, but both oppose the tobacco penalty because they believe it makes insurance unaffordable for smokers. "Charging tobacco users