Graduate students and junior scholars conducting anthropological fieldwork at remote sites are vulnerable to abuse from their supervisors, according to a study presented this weekend at the 2013 meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropology.
Fifty-nine percent of the 124 subjects in the study, which is continuing and includes men as well as women, said they had been victims of harassment in the field. Nineteen percent said they had been assaulted.
While those figures included subjects who had been victimized by peers, “we found most of the perpetrators were individuals superior in the hierarchy than the victims—so for instance, a faculty member harassing a graduate student,” writes Kathryn Clancy, the lead author of the study, in a blog post for Scientific American. Ms. Clancy is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Because doing fieldwork is such an important part of becoming an anthropologist, students may be forced to choose between their careers and their wish to speak up for themselves or others, the researchers said. They say grant-making agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health should require more oversight in the field to make sure researchers are safe.
The U.S. Department of Justice has decided not to file an amicus curiae brief in a high-profile copyright case involving Georgia State University and several publishers.
The case in question, Cambridge U. Press et al. v. Mark P. Becker et al., was brought against the university by Cambridge, Oxford University Press, and SAGE Publishers. It accuses Georgia State of committing widespread copyright violations by making some of the publishers’ content available on electronic reserve without licensing it.
Last May the U.S. District Court in Atlanta ruled that Georgia State had violated copyright in only five of the 99 instances the publishers listed, a decision that fair-use advocates hailed as a victory.
The publishers are appealing the verdict. Earlier this year the Justice Department requested more time to consider filing an amicus brief, a move that worried some academic librarians fearful that the government would throw its weight behind the publishers.
The philosopher A.C. Grayling’s New College of the Humanities, which British critics have said is a vanity project for rich kids, wants to open a free school for 11- to 18-year-olds in cooperation with a private company.
James A. Hood was the last survivor among the major figures in the standoff with Gov. George Wallace 50 years ago at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. He died on Thursday at the age of 70.
For the ninth year in a row, the University of California system received a record number of applications—174,700—for 2013, with Latino students making up the largest portion for the first time.
The computer-science faculty member was killed in a classroom on Friday at Casper College, and his girlfriend was killed in a residence in the city of Casper, Wyo., the police said. The attacker, who was the instructor’s son, was also found in the classroom, dying of self-inflicted knife wounds.
The athlete suffered injuries when he was shot on Friday near a dormitory. Another nonfatal shooting occurred on the Maryland campus in September.
Following a national audit that found serious “dysfunctions” in the prestigious French institute’s financial management, the higher-education minister last week rejected the man chosen by the faculty to serve as interim director after the sudden death, in April, of the institute’s longtime leader, Richard Descoings.
The University of Colorado announced Friday that police officers with specially trained dogs would make a security sweep of its Anschutz Medical campus on Saturday to check for traps that might have been laid by the shooting suspect James E. Holmes.
The Wall Street Journal reported that a check on Friday of laboratories in the neuroscience department, where Mr. Holmes had been a graduate student until mid-June, turned up nothing. A university spokeswoman also told the newspaper that students who lived in the same building as Mr. Holmes would be helped to find new housing.
The police suspect Mr. Holmes, 24, of killing 12 people and injuring dozens of others early Friday morning in a mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo.