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Yale University says it might revisit its decision to keep the name of a residential college named for 19th century alumnus John C. Calhoun, who was an ardent supporter of slavery.

Yale President Peter Salovey announced in April that the Ivy League university was preserving the name of Calhoun College, defying protesters who railed against it.

But Salovey announced to the campus community on Monday that he appointed a new committee to develop guidelines for proposals to remove historical names from university buildings or spaces.

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On Tuesday Yale University is set to host a discussion on the federal government’s push to find a cure for cancer.

President Barack Obama established the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force in January. Vice President Joe Biden is dedicating much of his final year in office trying to accelerate federal efforts to find a cure for cancer after his son, former Delaware state Attorney General Beau Biden, died from the disease last year.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon spoke at Yale University on Tuesday. He called on universities and the international community to do more to protect ancient historic sites in the Middle East and north Africa from extremist groups, like ISIS.

Ban cited Palmyra in Syria and Timbuktu in northern Mali. Both areas have ancient historic sites. Both have been ravaged by extremist groups in the last few years. He also mentioned Bamyan in Afghanistan, where the Taliban destroyed two giant Buddha statues in 2001.

A federal judge has ruled that the federal government is subject to the public trust doctrine, which holds that the government has a responsibility to protect public resources for future generations.

A lawsuit claims the government is violating that trust by permitting continued production and burning of fossil fuels. It was filed in Oregon by 21 children and teenagers, and climate scientist James Hansen.

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Everyone has a price. The phrase dates back to ancient Rome, but a new Yale University study tried to find out if that extends to babies.

Arber Tasimi,a graduate student at Yale’s infant cognition lab, spends a lot of time around that one group of people who should be pure and innocent, if anyone is. He and his colleagues showed a group of 64 babies two puppet shows. One starred a nice puppet who helped the other puppets get toys from a box. The other starred a mean puppet who slammed the box lid closed.