Northwestern U. Loses Round Over Unauthorized Patient Testing  

The university's teaching hospital and its chief of cardiac surgery remain as defendants in a lawsuit that alleges a lack of informed consent.



The Water Next Time: Professor Who Helped Expose Crisis in Flint Says Public Science Is Broken

Marc Edwards, a professor of civil engineering at Virginia Tech, has become something of a folk hero for his role in identifying lead in the city’s water. But he says he takes no pleasure in the attention. Instead he worries that university research is "no longer deserving of the public trust."


Scholars Criticize Proposal to Charge Authors for Recommendations

The social network for sharing academic papers says the idea is just under consideration, not a done deal, but the critics have responded with outrage on Twitter.



How Fresh Funding Structures Could Support Research With Impact  

Government structures for financing science may make sense for reasons of professional development, but they're not necessarily built for optimal problem-solving. New ideas might change that.



On Climate Change, Are University Researchers Making a Difference?  

They’ve studied it and written about it, but some experts say scientists haven’t done enough to shape public opinion on what may be the most important issue of our time.



Teaching Young Engineers to Find Problems, Not Just Solve Them  

A new wave of campus programs encourages undergraduates to think broadly, aggressively, and across disciplines about how they can help with real-world challenges.



Data Could Help Scholars Persuade, if Only They Were Willing to Use It  

Companies that exploit personal information could offer a model for researchers who seek to turn their work into meaningful policy. But many scholars are wary.



Is University Research Missing What Matters Most?  

As a nation, we’re getting good at turning professors’ work into marketable products. But is that enough for some of our society’s biggest problems?


What It Might Take to Tackle the Most Important Problems

Here's a sampling of experts' suggestions of what universities, governments, journals, and private funders of research could do to ensure that they're making the greatest possible efforts toward solving society’s most pressing issues.



Cooperation Emerges as Central Theme of Obama’s Cancer ‘Moonshot’  

Details are scarce on the renewed war on the disease that the president proposed, but researchers can expect pressure on academic silos.


2 Critiques of Federally Funded Medical Research: Not Enough Diversity, Not Enough Trials

The studies argue that the National Institutes of Health has ceded leadership to industry on clinical trials and isn’t enforcing rules requiring racial diversity among participants.



How Staff Scientists, Long Invisible, Could Save Biomedicine  

The National Institutes of Health turns toward the "invisible glue" of research universities to help with a glut of postdocs.



For Researchers, Risk Is a Vanishing Luxury  

A basic mission of the American research university is eroding, with predictability prized over boldness at almost every level — hiring, promotion, publishing, and grant making.



As Grows, Some Scholars Voice Concerns  

Critics say the for-profit company benefits from universities without giving back, but its chief executive points to Google as his role model.



How to Help Researchers' Discoveries Go Viral  

Using the social-media site Tumblr, the University of California system has brought attention to everyday breakthroughs in its labs.


Subscription Scare Fuels Worries Over Who Controls Data That Scholars Need

When a group of Renaissance scholars said that ProQuest had canceled its members’ access to a key database, academics raised questions about whether private companies have too much power over scholarly research.



Journal Publishers Rethink a Research Mainstay: Peer Review  

Making the process open and giving academics more credit for doing reviews are two of the methods meant to fix what some call a broken system.



‘I Got Nobody’: Scholars of Gun Violence Describe Their Lonely Battles

Two university researchers say they’re optimistic that their work will have long-term benefits. But the sometimes-vitriolic response they receive can be deeply frustrating.


After Battle to Get Boston College's 'Belfast' Records, Prosecutors Now Largely Dismiss Their Value

At one time the authorities considered an oral-history project to be key evidence in solving a murder. On Tuesday they described the records as mere "hearsay."



Meet Retraction Watch, the Blog That Points Out the Human Stains on the Scientific Record  

The founders of Retraction Watch have made themselves impossible to ignore.