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Gastrointestinal research provides food for thought

A paper published in PLoS One last week by researchers from the School of Medicine reveals that short-term digestive problems early in life may increase one’s risk for depression and other psychological problems. Standing counter to previously held medical assumptions, the new findings suggest that human psychological conditions may be the consequence — not the cause — of gastrointestinal disorders.

Pell Grants face cuts, restructuring

With plans to reduce Pell Grants and job-training programs in the 2012 federal budget, the initial student response toward aid cutbacks has been one of alarm. But some student financial aid experts argue that the pressure of aid reduction may prompt changes that could, in the long run, increase the overall cost-effectiveness of the Pell Grant program.

Beyond Bandura’s Bobos

Bandura, a man of many talents, has had a long and illustrious academic career spanning over six decades. The David Starr Jordan Professor Emeritus of Social Science in Psychology, Bandura has contributed immensely to the field of social psychology, and is the father behind the theory of self-efficacy and social learning theory. Ranked as the most cited living psychologist in the world, Bandura has authored seven books to date and has written over 180 articles.