Policy Monitor Weekly Digest, May 30 – June 3

► On Tuesday, June 1, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) officially launched its new J-1 Visa: Exchange Visitor Program website which contains a wealth of information on all aspects of J-1 visa exchange programs.

► On Monday, the New York Times reported on research by cognitive neuroscientist Ellen Bialystok according to whom bilingualism appears to delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease symptoms and sharpens the mind and thought processes.

► In an interview with the Foreign Policy magazine, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) labeled cuts to Title VI, Fulbright-Hays, and other international education programs as a "short-sighted" move that could 'weaken American diplomatic capabilities and, over time, create a "hollow diplomatic corps"'.

Inside Higher Ed reported that in two sessions Tuesday at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators annual conference in Vancouver, educators discussed academic exchanges with Cuba and the impact of the Obama administration's January decision to relax the Bush-era restrictions on academic travel to Cuba.

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