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Sent: Wednesday, January 21, 2004 5:00 AM
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Subject: 1/21/2004 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Wednesday, January 21.
* IN HIS STATE OF THE UNION MESSAGE on Tuesday, President Bush
proposed increasing federal support for community colleges to
provide job training, and increasing the amounts of Pell
Grants for secondary-school students who take "demanding"
college-preparatory courses. However, Mr. Bush left the
details of both proposals for later.
--> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2004/01/2004012101n.htm
* SLASHED APPROPRIATIONS TO COLLEGES and higher tuition rates
denied at least 250,000 prospective students access to
college in the 2003-4 fiscal year, and state lawmakers must
enact "emergency measures" to keep that number from growing,
the National Center for Public Policy in Higher Education
says in statement being released today.
--> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2004/01/2004012102n.htm
MAGAZINES & JOURNALS
A glance at the January issue of "Smithsonian":
Understanding facial expressions
Facial expressions are an important "part of our biological
heritage," but many of us have forgotten how to interpret them,
says Richard Conniff, a regular contributor to the magazine.
It may be that the richness of language, which dates back only
50,000 years, distracts us from the "older medium of faces," he
writes. Or perhaps we've lost our knack for "reading faces"
because we live in a very "different world from the one in which
our facial expressions evolved," he writes.
"Instead of spending a lifetime among the familiar faces of a
small tribe, we now see hundreds of new faces daily, and we have
learned to cope with overcrowding by not looking into the faces
of strangers," Mr. Conniff observes.
However, since September 11, 2001, reading people's faces in
crowded airports and public places may be more important than
ever, he argues. "Faces are our best window into other people's
hearts," he writes. No "government security program, nor any
computer network ever likely to be conceived, could possibly
match the effectiveness of millions of ordinary people making
conversation and looking one another in the face."
A summary of the article, "Reading Faces," is available online
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