At UC Santa Barbara, a freshman lacrosse player's feet had to be amputated after a campus outbreak of bacterial meningitis. More than 5000 students were inoculated for that disease at Princeton with a vaccine not yet approved in the United States. Should that happen at UCSB? What about less dangerous viral meningitis at UC Riverside and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo? Also, surprising findings about air pollution in various LA neighborhoods.
On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, massive open online courses—or MOOC's-- held the promise of higher education for millions who can't now afford it. Despite big investment from Stanford, Harvard, MIT and Silicon Valley, MOOC's have not lived up to their billing, but they're not going away. We hear about new ways of using the Internet to meet a worldwide demand for focused learning.