Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

This month's issue of Connections features examples of the stellar research being conducted by faculty at five Jesuit colleges and universities across the country. From treating autism spectrum disorders, to tracking the evolution of New York City's rat population, to genetic sequencing of E.Coli, our schools are on the cutting edge of research that stands to impact communities far beyond our campuses.

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Federal Relations

Federal Relations

On Thursday, November 16, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Job Act, by 227-205-2. This marked a historic moment in Congress considering that a tax overhaul of this magnitude had not been accomplished since 1986. For higher education, tax provisions such as Section 117(D), which allowed colleges and universities the option to contribute tuition assistance to their employee’s family members without taxation, have been recalled.

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Institute for Autism Research at Canisius College Offers Hope to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder 

Institute for Autism Research at Canisius College Offers Hope to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in 68 children in the United States is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), marking a 123 percent increase since 2002. There is no known cure for ASD, but children can receive the attention and treatment they need to improve their social functioning through the Institute for Autism Research at Canisius College.

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The Economics of Genocide

The Economics of Genocide

Ten years ago, Charles Anderton attended a conference on genocide and was startled by what he heard. The incomprehensible numbers: 100 million killed over the past century; nearly 1 million killed in Rwanda in just 100 days — eclipsing the total killed over the past 50 years in terrorist attacks around the world. And on and on. But perhaps the biggest personal takeaway was what Anderton didn't see. He realized that, while genocide had been a topic of serious research and scholarship for more than 50 years in many disciplines, he and his fellow economists had contributed little to the discussion on how to prevent these mass atrocities.

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Jason-Munshi South: Fordham University’s Street Rat Scholar

Jason-Munshi South: Fordham University’s Street Rat Scholar

For New Yorkers, it’s hard to imagine urban rats as anything but revolting. There they are, circling garbage bins at the end of the subway platform during rush hour, astonishingly bold—and large.But to Jason Munshi-South, Fordham University associate professor of biology, they’re a species whose mysterious past and intriguing patterns of movement around the city make them ripe for research.

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