Blog Posts by William Holt

  • Professor allegedly fat-shames Ph.D. applicants

    Geoffrey Miller's tweetA New York University visiting professor, Geoffrey Miller, seems to believe overweight students thinking about a Ph.D. need not apply.

    Miller, who specializes in evolutionary psychology and is teaching at NYU’s Stern School of Business, tweeted on Sunday: “Dear obese PhD applicants: if you didn't have the willpower to stop eating carbs, you won't have the willpower to do a dissertation #truth.”

    Miller, a tenured professor at the University of New Mexico, quickly deleted his tweet—but not before others had the chance to take screenshots of the message and circulate those images on various social media platforms.

    Accused of fat-shaming, Miller has since backtracked on his statement. He reportedly claims the tweet was “part of a research project.”

    According to the New York Observer, Miller won’t lose his post at NYU. But his future at UNM is less certain.

    “We are deeply concerned about the impact of the statement, which in no way reflects the policies or admission standards of UNM,” UNM

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  • New York City sees surge in gun violence

    Brooklyn saw three shootings on Sunday (AP)When a gunman opened fire Sunday night on Kelly Street in the Bronx, 15-year-old Sarah Rivera put herself in harm’s way to save a toddler who had been left in a stroller on the street. While several adults ran from the scene, River dashed for the child. She was hit in the leg by a stray bullet while pushing the child to safety.

    “I thought I was going to die,” Sarah told the New York Daily News. “I fell to the ground."

    Doctors expect Sarah to make a full recovery, but the circumstances of the shooting are disturbingly familiar. Over the weekend, New York City witnessed 25 shootings, resulting in six fatalities. On Sunday alone, three people were killed and eight others wounded by gunfire from Brooklyn to the Bronx.

    The rash of weekend shootings comes against a backdrop of major gun control efforts by both New York City and state officials. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has emerged as one of the nation’s strongest advocates for stricter firearm regulations, and has long touted the city’s strict

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