Zuckerberg said he didn’t want to wait for Harvard to make its own version of Facebook and thought that he could make a better version in just about a week. It turns out he was right—the site recently reached 500 million users.
But back in 2004, the scale of Facebook was modest:
As of yesterday afternoon, Zuckerberg said over 650 students had registered use thefacebook.com. He said that he anticipated that 900 students would have joined the site by this morning.
“I’m pretty happy with the amount of people that have been to it so far,” he said. “The nature of the site is that each user’s experience improves if they can get their friends to join it.”
Of the nearly 5,000 hospitals considered by the U.S. News and World Report, Duke University Medical Center ranked 10th. Its top 10 finish is DUMC’s 21st in a row—or every year since the magazine began the rankings.
“No matter how skilled or deep their expertise, even ‘best hospitals’ don’t do everything right,” the U.S. News and World Report’s website notes. “But when high stakes call for unusual capabilities, they are hospitals that can save lives that might be lost or preserve quality of life that might be sacrificed.”
Fourteen hospitals, including DUMC, were included on the “honor roll” of the list:
The Honor Roll requirements were so stiff that 99.7 percent of all centers in the nation were excluded. A hospital had to be ranked in at least six specialties, but ranking alone was insufficient for inclusion. It also had to have an extremely high score (in statisticians’ terms, at least 3 standard deviations above the mean). That earned 1 point per specialty. Reaching the top of the Honor Roll called for even higher scores (4 or more standard deviations above the mean), earning 2 points, in far more specialties
DUMC was ranked in the top 10 in seven specialties, achieving its highest rank in geriatrics, at number six.
The medical center is ranked immediately above Brigham and Women’s Hospital and just below the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Johns Hopkins is ranked 1st on the list, just as it has been for the past 20 years.
Duke graduates earn a starting salary of approximately $55,000, and by the middle of their career take in around $117,000 annually. Although Duke is not ranked in the top 10 list of starting salaries, it is listed nine overall in the mid-career rankings. The study considered data of college grads from 999 different universities with 125 different majors, according to PayScale’s press release.
California Institute of Technology’s $69,900 starting salary and Harvey Mudd College’s $126,000 median mid-career salary led the nation’s universities.
But as a result of the recession, starting pay is down an average of 2.5 percent for all of the schools considered. At the eight Ivy League schools, starting pay decreased by five percent.
Top Starting Salaries (which, as PayScale notes, is made up of engineering and nursing schools):
1. California Institute of Technology ($69,900)
2. Loma Linda University ($69,100)
3. Harvey Mudd College ($68,900)
4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology ($68,300)
5. Felician College ($62,600)
6. Carnegie Mellon University ($62,400)
7. Molloy College ($62,300)
8. Polytechnic Institute of New York University ($62,100)
9. Colorado School of Mines ($61,600)
10. Worcester Polytechnic Institute ($60,900)
1. Harvey Mudd College ($126,000)
2. Princeton University and Dartmouth College ($123,000)
4. Harvard University ($121,000)
5. California Institute of Technology ($120,000)
6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and Colgate University ($119,000)
Assistant Chief Gloria Graham of the Duke University Police Department has been named chief of police for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Police Department, UT officials announced Friday.
Graham was hired to Duke in July 2007, and had previously worked at the University of Southern California and Indiana State University. She takes her new post at UT Knoxville Aug. 23 and replaces UT Knoxville’s former police chief August Washington, who left the department last July to serve as chief of police and assistant vice chancellor at Vanderbilt University.
Graham was reportedly selected from a pool of 81 candidates from across the country. She will be the first woman in UT Knoxville history to hold the position.
At Duke, Graham was responsible for police operations and external communication, among others. She also instituted a crime analysis program that aimed to lower reported crime rates.
The NCAA was at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this week to investigate members of an athletic team, UNC Athletic Director Dick Baddour said in a statement Thursday. He declined to specify which athletic team.
“I can acknowledge that representatives from the NCAA have been to Chapel Hill to speak with some of our student-athletes. However, they have instructed us to maintain the confidence of this review by not discussing it publicly,” Baddour said.
ESPN.com reported Thursday that the NCAA is probing the athletes about rule violations, asking about agents, gifts and benefits. Another unnamed source reportedly said the organization asked all projected NFL draft picks at the university to provide phone records to cross-check agents they had spoken with, and asked them about travel and rent payments.
UNC is expected to be ranked in the preseason Top 25 and vie for the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division title. The Tar Heels’ season opener is scheduled for Sept. 4 against LSU in Atlanta.