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New FlexMBA to be offered by Tepper School in 2013

Beginning in the Fall 2013 semester, the Tepper School of Business will offer a new option for students to complete their MBA program, titled “FlexMBA.”

According to a university press release, the new program will attempt to combine “in-person sessions, online classes and self-paced learning to deliver the same coursework, faculty, team interaction, personal leadership coaching, and career services found in the school’s highly acclaimed full-time and part-time MBA programs.”

This new program will aim to create sections consisting of 20 to 30 students, who will work toward their degree over a 32-month period. “The new FlexMBA model draws on our school’s experience earned over nearly two decades of successful graduate-level distance-learning programs and combines that knowledge with our expertise in traditional full- and part-time MBA education,” said Michael Trick, senior associate dean for education at Tepper, in a university press release.

The program is structured so that students complete two courses over seven weeks and then meet with faculty and other students in a central location for a three-day “Access Weekend.” Admission requirements and other components of the FlexMBA program may be found on the Tepper School’s website.

Magnetic imaging explores brain’s recovery from injury

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging have published new research exploring how the human brain reacts to injuries.

Using a new combination of different magnetic imaging methods, the researchers concluded that when an area of the brain is injured to an extent which impairs its functioning, secondary parts of the brain will act as a “back-up,” and take on the role of the injured part of the brain as well as its supporting areas.

These results expand upon previous research conducted by Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging director, Marcel Just.

“The human brain has a remarkable ability to adapt to various types of trauma...making it possible for people to continue functioning after key brain areas have been damaged,” Just stated in a university press release.

Senior psychology researcher Robert Mason led the study, and Chantel Prat, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Washington, also contributed to the research.

Mason added that the damaged area of the brain eventually returned to its previous levels of activity, while the “back-up team” of brain areas still functioned.