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New School, New Methods

Now under construction, the Singapore University of Technology and Design is the country's $700 million try at cultivating the next generation of engineers and technology innovators, says the Chronicle of Higher Education's Jeffrey Young. The institution, which will start classes at a temporary campus in 2012, is being established in collaboration with MIT, though MIT researchers are planning to try out new teaching methods and curricula instead of using the same methods and classes taught in Massachusetts, Young says. MIT also plans to export the new methods and classes to Cambridge if they are successful in Singapore. The new institute will also have input from Zhejiang University in China, which is helping to design some of the courses, and will provide internship opportunities for the students as well as a partner for research collaborations, Young adds. The permanent campus won't be ready until 2014.

The Scan

Push Toward Approval

The Wall Street Journal reports the US Food and Drug Administration is under pressure to grant full approval to SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

Deer Exposure

About 40 percent of deer in a handful of US states carry antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Millions But Not Enough

NPR reports the US is set to send 110 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad, but that billions are needed.

PNAS Papers on CRISPR-Edited Cancer Models, Multiple Sclerosis Neuroinflammation, Parasitic Wasps

In PNAS this week: gene-editing approach for developing cancer models, role of extracellular proteins in multiple sclerosis, and more.