University Of Texas Apologizes For Embarrassing ‘Pubic’ Typo

The University of Texas at Austin’s public affairs assistant dean has issued an apology after a commencement listing for the program’s forthcoming graduates contained a typo citing the Lyndon B. Johnson School of ‘Pubic’ Affairs.

Media critic Jim Romanesko reports that the LBJ school issued an apology via Twitter, reading, Our deepest apologies to our 2012 graduates for the egregious typo in our program. We are working to distribute corrected programs.”

Susan Binford, assistant dean for communications at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, tells Romanesko that students will be issued new copies of the commencement program.

Still, it’s interesting how much fuss the omission of one letter can lead to. No one was killed, no one lost their job and any concerned parties can rest assured that they will have a corrected commencement program to reflect upon in the future. But it’s not going to stop the critics of the world from expressing their outrage at the fallibility of others. Though for most of us, it will probably be remembered with little more than a quick laugh.

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Study: Armadillos could be source of Leprosy

29 April 2011 Last updated at 08:16 GMT

The armadillo is often known as a desert dwelling creature with tough leathery armor and the ability to curl up into a ball when threatened by predators. Aside from that, there is little else that the public knows about the armadillo. However, recent research has shown startling data that they may be a potential source of the leprosy disease to genetically-susceptible humans.

A recent study had showed that a strain of leprosy found in humans in the southern U.S. was identical to a strain commonly found in a 9-banded armadillo found in the area. The results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine and also suggest that various species of armadillo all around the world could also be a source of leprosy. Armadillos in the United States are commonly found in the southern states, specifically in dry open desserts in Texas and Arizona and Louisiana.

“Around the world, we think of human beings as the only reservoir of Mycobacterium Leprae and that leprosy is a human disease,” said Richard Truman of the National Hansen’s Disease Program in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “While some people have suspected this link for a long time, no other kinds of environmental reservoirs are found elsewhere in the world, so it was easy for individuals to discount the idea,” he added. Truman was the lead on the study.

Leprosy is a rare and mysterious disease. Although it has been around for hundreds of years, it has been hard to catch since 90 to 95 percent of all population is immune to it. It would take repeated exposure to leprosy to catch the condition. Among the symptoms of leprosy include slow-growing skin lesions. The condition also affects the eyes, peripheral nerves and upper respiratory system of the body.

Leprosy is rarely diagnosed because of its rarity but it can be treated when caught early on by strong antibiotics. Leprosy experts have known for a long time that armadillos are capable of carrying the disease, and there have been studies that random cases of leprosy in the United States often occur in the southern states where armadillos are common.

Researchers in the study believe that the leprosy bacterium grows in armadillos, and not with any other animal, because armadillos have low body temperatures, around 32 degrees C or 89 degrees F. The findings discouraged people from repeated exposure from armadillos as well as discouraged cooking and eating their meat.