The Chronicle of Higher Education | Faculty http://chronicle.com/section/Faculty/7/ News :: Faculty Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:53:08 EST <![CDATA[Big-Data Project on 1918 Flu Reflects Key Role of Humanists]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/190457/ http://chronicle.com/article/Big-Data-Project-on-1918-Flu/190457/ Humanities scholars and computer scientists team up on a study of a century-old pandemic, with echoes of current outbreaks.

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:55:01 EST
<![CDATA[For Better or Worse, Universities Make Greater Use of Smaller Lab Animals]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/190417/ http://chronicle.com/article/For-Better-or-Worse/190417/ Data collected by the activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals suggest that animal use in university labs rose nearly 73 percent from 1997 to 2012.

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Thu, 26 Feb 2015 04:55:02 EST
<![CDATA[A Climate Crusader Melts, Exposing a Profitable Link to Harvard’s Name]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/190349/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-Climate-Crusader-Melts/190349/ Revelations about Wei-Hock Soon raise questions about the use of his tenuous tie with the university.

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Wed, 25 Feb 2015 04:57:55 EST
<![CDATA[Today Is ‘National Adjunct Walkout Day.’ Will It Make a Difference?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/190339/ http://chronicle.com/article/Today-Is-National-Adjunct/190339/ An academic-labor historian considers whether the day’s actions will strengthen adjuncts’ hopes for improving their working conditions.

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Wed, 25 Feb 2015 04:57:32 EST
<![CDATA[Classicists Crunch Data to Test Hypotheses About Greece]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/190259/ http://chronicle.com/article/Classicists-Crunch-Data-to/190259/ At Stanford, scholars turn the tools of modern social science toward the study of life in ancient Greece.

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Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[Why Just Filling the Pipeline Won't Diversify STEM Fields]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/190253/ http://chronicle.com/article/Why-Just-Filling-the-Pipeline/190253/ Members of underrepresented minority groups are likelier to step away from academe even after earning Ph.D.'s.

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Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[Intellectual Piecework]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/190039/ http://chronicle.com/article/Intellectual-Piecework/190039/ Crowd-work platforms like Mechanical Turk have revolutionized some types of research, but at what cost?

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Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[Can the Human Brain Project Be Saved? Should It Be?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/190031/ http://chronicle.com/article/Can-the-Human-Brain-Project-Be/190031/ The billion-dollar-plus European effort is, in the words of neuroscientists, "boneheaded," "idiotic," and "a complete waste."

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Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[Foreign-Language Enrollments Drop After Years of Increases]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/189913/ http://chronicle.com/article/Foreign-Language-Enrollments/189913/ Overall enrollments fell 6.7 percent from the fall of 2009 to the fall of 2013, the latest survey by the Modern Language Association finds.

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Wed, 11 Feb 2015 04:56:46 EST
<![CDATA[To Win Funds, Scientists Pursue Sweeping Solutions to Social Ills]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151717/ http://chronicle.com/article/To-Win-Funds-Scientists/151717/ Taking on "grand challenges" has revived the heroic mission of applied research.

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Mon, 09 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[Big Gifts and Low Profiles Help Conservative Centers Spread to Campuses]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151701/ http://chronicle.com/article/Big-GiftsLow-Profiles/151701/ There are now some 150 of the centers, says a report that credits the expansion partly to their leaders’ avoidance of conflict with faculties.

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Fri, 06 Feb 2015 04:55:33 EST
<![CDATA[In Faculty Hiring, Temporary Less Often Means Part-Time]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151611/ http://chronicle.com/article/In-Faculty-Hiring-Temporary/151611/ Colleges increasingly turn to full-time, contingent instructors to handle work once done by tenure-track professors, a new study of federal data shows.

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Wed, 04 Feb 2015 04:54:15 EST
<![CDATA[When Science Becomes a Political Weapon]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151501/ http://chronicle.com/article/When-Science-Becomes-a/151501/ Fracking researchers feel used by opposing camps.

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Fri, 30 Jan 2015 04:55:01 EST
<![CDATA[Fracking vs. 'Fracking']]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151471/ http://chronicle.com/article/Fracking-vs-Fracking/151471/ When scientists and the public think about fracking, they often hold very different thoughts in mind, whether about the most likely environmental risks, the depths involved, or the simple definition of the word.

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Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:01 EST
<![CDATA[At Western Michigan U., Resistance Over a Popular Dean’s Dismissal]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151467/ http://chronicle.com/article/At-Western-Michigan-U/151467/ Alexander Enyedi, dean of arts and sciences, was told his five-year contract would not be renewed. And then the campus responded.

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 04:56:00 EST
<![CDATA[A New Faculty Challenge: Fending Off Abuse on Yik Yak]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151463/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-New-Faculty-Challenge-/151463/ An episode at one university highlights how anonymous social-media posts threaten the classroom dynamic.

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 04:55:32 EST
<![CDATA[The Credit Hour Is Here to Stay, at Least for Now]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151465/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Credit-Hour-Is-Here-to/151465/ A report says that the Carnegie Unit, despite its flaws, plays an important role in organizing higher education.

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 04:55:25 EST
<![CDATA[The Open-Records King of Eugene]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151393/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Open-Records-King-of/151393/ William T. Harbaugh says he loves the University of Oregon. That’s why, online, he’s holding administrators’ feet to the fire.

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:58:49 EST
<![CDATA[The Day the Purpose of College Changed]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151359/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Day-the-Purpose-of-College/151359/ On February 28, 1967, Gov. Ronald Reagan spoke of "certain intellectual luxuries that perhaps we could do without." Here's why liberal education has never recovered.

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Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[A Modern Clinical Trial: 7 Years, 1,000 Patients, and Plenty of Questions About Cost]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151355/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-Modern-Clinical-Trial-7/151355/ The trial I participated in shows why many experts think clinical studies need an overhaul.

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Fri, 23 Jan 2015 04:55:35 EST
<![CDATA[Once a Month, a Philosopher Uploads His Discipline to the World]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151353/ http://chronicle.com/article/Once-a-Month-a-Philosopher/151353/ Going public can be both satisfying and a survival strategy at a time of never enough money, especially for the humanities.

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Fri, 23 Jan 2015 04:55:01 EST
<![CDATA[College’s Adjuncts Split From State Union in Dispute Over Course Assignments]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151341/ http://chronicle.com/article/College-s-Adjuncts-Split/151341/ Part-time faculty members at Columbia College Chicago say the Illinois Education Association didn’t help them when college staff members poached their work.

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Thu, 22 Jan 2015 04:55:09 EST
<![CDATA[Tracking the Elusive Ph.D.]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151339/ http://chronicle.com/article/Tracking-the-Elusive-PhD/151339/ A large-scale effort to monitor career outcomes gets some traction, but five big challenges remain.

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Thu, 22 Jan 2015 04:55:00 EST
<![CDATA[Scholars and Activists Speak Out About Why ‘Black Life Matters’]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151295/ http://chronicle.com/article/ScholarsActivists-Speak/151295/ Academics from 19 campuses took part in a conference last week where speakers aired wide-ranging concerns about racial disparities.

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Mon, 19 Jan 2015 04:55:48 EST
<![CDATA[Even With Legal Marijuana, Researchers Can’t Score a Supply]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151257/ http://chronicle.com/article/Even-With-Legal-Marijuana/151257/ Now you can buy marijuana at storefronts in Colorado. But the federal government prevents researchers from getting what they need.

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Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[Disciplines That Expect ‘Brilliance’ Tend to Punish Women, Study Finds]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151217/ http://chronicle.com/article/Disciplines-That-Expect/151217/ Many practitioners in subjects like philosophy and physics feel their work requires “a special aptitude.” That perception could be widening gender gaps.

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Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:00:01 EST