Take heart: New research shows that scholars who earn Ph.D.’s during a recession are more productive in the long run—at least in the field of economics.
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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has decided that a disputed fine against Virginia Tech—one of two levied for safety violations during the 2007 shooting rampage on the Blacksburg, Va., campus—should be $5,000, not a higher amount sought by an office within the Education Department, according to a statement released on Friday and reports by the Associated Press and The Roanoke Times.
The penalty is in addition to a $27,500 fine Mr. Duncan approved against the university in December 2012. Both…
Three universities are among the six sites selected by the federal government to test drone aircraft, according to a statement released on Monday by the Federal Aviation Administration. They are: the University of Alaska system, Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi, and Virginia Tech.
According to The New York Times, the kinds of aircraft to be tested include tiny helicopters that could be used to inspect power lines, and Styrofoam planes that could fly over fields to look for agricultural pes…
Harvard University, whose budget deficit in the 2013 fiscal year rose to $34-million, according to The Boston Globe, appears to be in store for a windfall that will more than cover it: The writer Gore Vidal changed his will shortly before he died to leave his entire fortune—estimated at $37-million—to Harvard, The New York Times reports. Nina Straight, Mr. Vidal’s half sister, is challenging his will, saying that Mr. Vidal was not mentally competent when he changed its terms.
Evan S. Dobelle is under scrutiny again. Massachusetts officials are asking why Mr. Dobelle, the president of Westfield State University, put personal expenses on university credit cards and stayed in luxury hotels during overseas travel. In 2004, Mr. Dobelle was ousted from the presidency of the University of Hawaii, amid complaints that included prolific spending on travel and the refurbishment of the presidential house. In 2007 he was appointed to the Westfield State presidency by a unanimous vote. He told the Associated Press on Friday that his spending had helped the university and “was strategically planned.”
Nancy Cantor, the departing president and chancellor of Syracuse University, will be named chancellor of Rutgers University’s Newark campus, The Star-Ledger, a New Jersey newspaper, reported.
In an interview with The Star-Ledger, Ms. Cantor seemed to acknowledge that moving from the presidency of a major private university to run a branch campus in a troubled state system was a surprising decision. “I wasn’t on the lookout for a new presidency for myself,” she said, but she described Newark’s ra…
As deputy assistant secretary for community colleges, he will work in the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, which focuses on career, technical, adult, and correctional education across the country, with a special emphasis on programs involving community colleges.
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 subj…
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 licensin…