Category Archives: Research

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U. of Maryland Backs Away From Maligned Study on Chocolate Milk and Concussions

The University of Maryland has acknowledged “shortcomings” in its handling of a highly criticized study that prompted news releases claiming that athletes could see benefits from a brand of chocolate milk produced by a company that helped fund the research.

Following public criticism of the news releases, the university convened a panel to examine how the study had unfolded. In a news release on Friday, Maryland said it had found no wrongdoing by the company. But it said it was returning the mo…

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Controversial Researcher With Ties to Coke Steps Down as Head of University Wellness Center

The director of a University of Colorado-affiliated wellness center, who came under fire last year for a lucrative connection to Coca-Cola, has stepped down from that position, The Denver Post reports.

James O. Hill drew scrutiny last year, when The New York Times published an article stating that the organization he led, which sought to shift the blame for obesity from excessive consumption to lack of exercise, had received a $1.5-million donation from Coca-Cola. Mr. Hill, then president of the…

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Graduation Rates for Black Students Aren’t Increasing at Same Pace as for Other Students

Report: “Rising Tide II: Do Black Students Benefit as Grad Rates Increase?”

Authors: Andrew Howard Nichols, Kimberlee Eberle-Sudré, and Meredith Welch

Organization: The Education Trust

Summary: Graduation rates at higher-education institutions are broadly on the rise, but overall data do not take into account completion rates among students of different races. Of the 232 four-year, public institutions that improved their overall graduation rates from 2003 to 2013, 70 percent also had increased…

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Here Are 15 Indispensable Academic Twitter Accounts

Twitter. It’s great for yelling at airlines, executing flawless DM slides, and keeping tabs on the Republican presidential debates after promising yourself you wouldn’t turn on the TV. But can it be used for good?

It depends on whom you follow. On the occasion of Twitter’s 10th birthday, I asked others here at The Chronicle as well as my Twitter followers to name that one tweeter in academe whom they just can’t live without. Here’s a selection of their responses, listed in no particular order:

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Is Scientific Publishing About to Be Disrupted? ASAPbio, Briefly Explained

A group of biologists gathered last month outside Washington, D.C., for a conference that could help spur change in how the discipline publishes its work. United under the name ASAPbio, attendees discussed how they might upend the traditional publishing structure in the interest of speeding up scientific discovery and making scholarship more publicly accessible.

The New York Times published an article about ASAPbio on Tuesday, effectively lending it more visibility. Here’s what you need to know:

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EPA Hits Oregon State U. With $275,000 Hazardous-Waste Fine

Oregon State University was hit with a $275,000 fine on Monday for improper handling of hazardous wastes. According to a news release issued by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the wastes — nearly 2,000 containers of laboratory chemicals and other substances — were unsafely stored and inadequately identified, endangering students, faculty members, support-staff workers, emergency responders, truck drivers, and landfill employees. In a settlement announced by the EPA, the universi…

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In Describing a Pattern to Harassment of Female Scientists, Professor’s Op-Ed Strikes a Chord

The New York Times published an op-ed on Friday night by A. Hope Jahren, a professor of geobiology at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, entitled “She Wanted to Do Her Research. He Wanted to Talk ‘Feelings.’” The piece landed with a bang — it has been shared widely among academics and nonacademics alike — and has since reverberated well beyond the sciences.

(A portion of this post is devoted to synthesizing the arguments in Ms. Jahren’s op-ed. You should read it here in full.)

Much of the recent at…

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After 10 Days on the Lam, Wayward Goat Is Back at U. of Iowa

The tumult and drama of recent weeks finally drew to a close in Iowa City on Monday. No, it wasn’t the departure of the last presidential candidate or TV crew. It was the recapture of the University of Iowa’s lost goat, missing since late January and the subject of endless speculation, not to mention extensive coverage in the local press.

“We are very happy to report that William the Goat is in custody and back home in a nice warm pen out at the University Research Park,” tweeted the university’…

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Black Students Are Overrepresented in Low-Paying Majors, Study Finds

[See correction below.]

Report: “African Americans: College Majors and Earnings”

Authors: Anthony P. Carnevale, Megan L. Fasules, Andrea Porter, and Jennifer Landis-Santos

Organization: Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce

Summary: While more African-American students attend college, they are overrepresented in majors that typically lead to low-paying jobs, such as human services and community organization, social work, and theology and religious vocations.

The report, w…

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George Washington U. Stops Accepting Donated Cadavers After Losing Track of Body Identities

George Washington University’s medical school has lost track of the identities of some of the cadavers donated to the institution for research and teaching, and so has ceased accepting donations through its willed-body program.

In a statement issued on Friday, Jeffrey S. Akman, the medical school’s dean and the university’s vice president for health affairs, wrote that “despite exhaustive efforts, we have been unable to make a positive identification of certain donor bodies and as a result are u…