Stanford University Report Ranks Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Mohammed Cherkaoui Among the World’s Top 2% of Scientists

In the discipline of “materials” science, Dr. Cherkaoui ranked in the top 3,000 of the world’s more than 177,000 researchers in the field. He is best known for his pioneering work in micromechanics and nuclear engineering, and he has authored more than 200 publications including the first-ever micromechanics textbook. His international accolades include the France Medal from the National Center for Scientific Research, the Obama Award under the Material Genome Initiative, and the Lorraine Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer. He has also achieved a tenured professorship at Georgia Institute of Technology and a Boeing Endowed Chair and professorship at Mississippi State University.

“I am humbled by this recognition, and I owe a debt of gratitude to all of my co-authors and the vast network of Ph.D. students and contributors who have supported my work throughout my career,” said Dr. Cherkaoui. “I am proud to bring LIU to the

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College Football Odds Week 14: Picks Against the Spread for Updated Top 25 Games | Bleacher Report

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Friday, Dec. 4

No. 25 Louisiana-Lafayette at Appalachian State (-2.5), 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN


Saturday, Dec. 5

No. 4 Ohio State (-24) at Michigan State, noon ET, ABC

No. 5 Texas A&M (-7) at Auburn, noon ET, ESPN

No. 15 Oklahoma State (-2.5) at TCU, noon ET, ESPN2

Western Carolina at No. 17 North Carolina (-49.5), noon ET, ACC Network

Rice at No. 21 Marshall (-23.5), noon ET, ESPN+

Liberty at No. 18 Coastal Carolina (-10.5), 2 p.m. ET, ESPNU

Syracuse at No. 2 Notre Dame (-33.5), 2:30 p.m. ET, NBC

No. 6 Florida (-17.5) at Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS

West Virginia at No. 9 Iowa State (-6.5), 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

No. 12 Indiana at No. 16 Wisconsin (-14.5), 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC

No. 19 Iowa (-14) at Illinois, 3:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1

No. 24 Tulsa (-12.5) at

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Johnny Manziel Discusses Offers for Impermissible Benefits During College Career | Bleacher Report

Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel between drills at his alma mater during Texas A&M's football Pro Day in College Station, Texas, Tuesday, March 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

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Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel opened up about receiving impermissible benefits during his college career.

During an appearance on the YNK: You Know What I Mean? podcast, Manziel discussed people offering him money to do favors for them while he was playing at Texas A&M (warning: contains profanity):

Rumors and speculation about Manziel making money off of his name while playing for the Aggies is nothing new. 

Darren Rovell and Justine Gubar of ESPN’s Outside the Lines reported in 2013 that the NCAA was investigating Manziel for potentially receiving money “for signing hundreds of autographs on photos and sports memorabilia

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LeBron James’ Career Earnings After Signing $85M Lakers Contract Extension | Bleacher Report

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James walks back after making a 3-point shot during the first half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game against the Houston Rockets Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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LeBron James continues to stockpile cash in his NBA career after agreeing a contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. 

Rich Paul, James’ agent, told Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium that the four-time NBA MVP has agreed to an $85 million extension that will keep him with the Lakers through 2022-23. 

Darren Rovell of The Action Network noted when the extension is done that James will have earned $428 million just on his NBA contracts alone:

Even before agreeing to his extension, James has already made more money through NBA contracts than any player in league history. 

Per Spotrac, James moved $9.5 million ahead of Kevin Garnett ($334,304,240) after signing his deal with the Lakers in July

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Boston University Weekly COVID-19 Report: November 25 to December 1 | The Brink

Extra COVID-19 tests urged for everyone as cases surge from Thanksgiving

Now that Boston University is publishing its COVID-19 testing data on a public-facing dashboard, Gloria Waters, BU vice president and associate provost for research, and Judy Platt, director of BU Student Health Services, are providing a weekly update on the overall health of the BU community.

“We knew this was going to happen—we expected this,” Judy Platt says. 

Boston University’s Clinical Testing Lab is detecting a fresh uptick in coronavirus cases linked to Thanksgiving travel. Between November 25 and December 1, 46 students tested positive for coronavirus, as well as 28 faculty and staff. On December 1 alone, 26 members of the BU community received positive test results.

“It’s so critical now, during this surge, for people to be as forthcoming as possible,” Platt says. “When the call comes in from contact tracing, we need people

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Ranking the Top 10 Performances for Week 1 of Men’s College Basketball | Bleacher Report

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    Iowa star Luka Garza picked up where he left off in March.

    Iowa star Luka Garza picked up where he left off in March.Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press

    Big Ten standouts Luka Garza and Ayo Dosunmu headline the group of players who excelled in the opening week of the 2020-21 men’s college basketball season.

    And there is great variety among these top performers.

    Garza, Dosunmu and several others thrived in matchups their teams were expected to win. Gonzaga freshman Jalen Suggs and Saint Louis’ Javonte Perkins each put together terrific games against a top opponent, and Western Kentucky’s Charles Bassey led an upset bid.

    While my colleague Kerry Miller highlighted the opening-week winners and losers, this piece is focused on individual performances. It’s subjectiveand gives license to include a pair of enjoyable same-game battles to startbut overall production and competition level are key factors.

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    SMU found itself a bit short-handed

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Auditor-General releases ‘scathing’ report into Auckland University’s $5m house purchase

a house with trees in the background: The house was the most expensive on the shortlist of three.

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The house was the most expensive on the shortlist of three.

The University of Auckland has been slammed by the Auditor-General for the controversial purchase of a $5 million house for its Vice-Chancellor.

The university bought the house in the inner-city suburb of Parnell as a home for incoming vice-chancellor Dawn Freshwater in November 2019, and would also be used for “business-related operations, and functions”.

The purchase of the four-bedroom, 338 square metres property was criticised as “absolutely disgusting” by NZ Union of Student Associations president Isabella Lenihan-Ikin, who compared it to the houses students are known to rent.

“I think there’s a difference between buying a house for Vice-Chancellor and buying $5 million mansions,” she told Checkpoint.

The Auditor General’s office launched an investigation into the “unusual purchase”, the results of which were released in a report on Wednesday.


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Indiana University researchers report a specific type of childhood cancer

Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine have published their work about a specific type of childhood cancer in the peer-reviewed, international oncology journal, Cancers.

This research involves a combination therapy that significantly slows tumor growth in models, which includes a model established from cells taken from tumors donated by Tyler Trent. This is the first published manuscript that includes Trent’s tumor model.

Trent was a Purdue University student and sports superfan who died on January 1, 2019, after waging a long and valiant fight against an aggressive form of bone cancer known as osteosarcoma.

In the publication’s acknowledgments, the researchers dedicated the study to Trent’s memory, saying they will always remember him for his courageous battle, his passion for cancer advocacy, and the generous donation of his tumor tissue for research.

We are so proud to honor Tyler’s legacy with this first publication, laying the foundation for

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College Football Playoff Notebook: The Ohio State Conundrum Has an Easy Fix | Bleacher Report

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields throws a pass against Indiana during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Indiana 42-35. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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Alabama, Notre Dame and Clemson remain atop the College Football Playoff rankings, but Ohio State is the biggest story of the week.

Because of a COVID-19 outbreak in the program, the No. 4 Buckeyes didn’t travel to Illinois last Saturday. As a result, they’re now in jeopardy of falling below the Big Ten’s arbitrary six-game minimum to compete in the Big Ten Championship Game.

That scenario has stirred concern about Ohio State not winning a Big Ten title and impacting its CFP hopes. If either upcoming game (at Michigan State on Saturday or vs. Michigan next week) is canceled, the Buckeyes would fall short of six pre-championship games.

However, it shouldn’t be this complicated.

The best (and easiest!) decision is entirely in the Big Ten’s control. It’s this simple: Eliminate the six-game minimum and put Ohio State against Northwestern on the championship stage.

Results have almost

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College Football Playoff Rankings 2020: Week 14 Poll Announced by Committee | Bleacher Report

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields throws a pass against Indiana during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Indiana 42-35. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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The second release of the College Football Playoff rankings featured little movement at the top.

Each of the first seven spots remained the same as last week after most of the top-ranked teams took care of business over the weekend. Ohio State and Cincinnati were inactive after their games were affected by COVID-19 outbreaks.

Here is the latest Top 25 ahead of Week 14:


CFP Rankings

1. Alabama

2. Notre Dame

3. Clemson

4. Ohio State

5. Texas A&M

6. Florida

7. Cincinnati

8. Georgia

9. Iowa State

10. Miami (FL)

11. Oklahoma

12. Indiana

13. BYU

14. Northwestern

15. Oklahoma State

16. Wisconsin

17. North Carolina

18. Coastal Carolina

19. Iowa

20. USC

21. Marshall

22. Washington

23. Oregon

24. Tulsa

25. Louisiana


There were no questions about the top two teams in the rankings as Alabama and Notre Dame each impressed with wins over opponents

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