A Team of Political Scientists, a Convention Like No Other, and a Search for One Good Protest

Student researchers from Penn State arrived at the Republican National Convention expecting chaotic — and perhaps frightening — scenes of activism. Instead they got a lesson in the unpredictability of social-science fieldwork.



When the President of the United States Writes an Article in Your Journal

How do you edit Barack Obama? The Chronicle spoke to the editor in chief of a journal that published the president’s article on the future of health-care reform on Monday.



'One Trigger Finger for Whites and Another for Blacks': What the Research Says

Scholars have been studying the role of race in fatal police shootings for decades. Here’s a survey of what they’ve learned.


Why Don't Young Scientists Get More Grants? Often They Don't Apply

Experts have long bemoaned the fact that older researchers earn disproportionate funding. A new study suggests they're more likely than their younger colleagues to ask the NIH for money.



What Happens When Your Research Is Featured on ‘Fox & Friends’

A foundational piece of research on microaggressions, cited as a guide by several universities, has surfaced as ammunition in the war over sensitivity in higher education.



Data Mining Points Path to Helping Female and Minority Scientists

Research from Harvard suggests that measuring "reach" — how closely one journal author is connected to others — could be a key factor in career advancement.



Historians of Slavery Find Fruitful Terrain: Their Own Institutions

In a year when student activists pushed colleges to reconsider racially charged monuments and building names, researchers who investigate campus history have found new momentum.



Federal Agencies Don’t Fund Big Gun-Violence Research. Can California?

The state’s Legislature voted on Thursday to create the California Firearm Violence Research Center in the UC system, aimed at "filling the gap" left by restrictions at the federal level.



Is It Time for Universities to Get Out of the Hospital Business?

The health-care industry is turning inside out, forcing some elite institutions to consider whether their once-lucrative medical centers are becoming liabilities.



‘It’ll Never Stop!’ Linguistics Scholar Warns of Great Emoji Flood

The demand for new emoji has made the work of the Unicode Consortium, which develops standards for the display of text in software, newly relevant. But has it gotten out of hand?



The Life of ‘The Party Decides’

Four political-science professors contemplate the improbable rise and fall of an obscure academic text in the time of Trump.



Zika Virus Complicates Crusade Against Research on Fetal Tissue

Many, but not all, medical researchers say the material is vital for investigating how the virus affects infants’ brains while still in the womb.



The Pentagon Wants to Expand University Research Ties. Here’s What It’s Looking For.

Stephen P. Welby, the new assistant secretary for research and engineering, says the Defense Department wants to build more relationships "with smart folks who are thinking about the future," including campus scientists.


We May Know Less Than We Thought About What Helps or Hurts Students

New studies argue that much research on educational outcomes fails to fully account for students’ predispositions or the risks of too much of a good thing.



The Researchers Who Sank a Bogus Canvassing Study Have Replicated Some of Its Findings

David Broockman and Joshua Kalla exposed major flaws in a celebrated piece of political-science research. Their new paper builds on that debunked project — but this time, they say, the data are real.



When States Tie Money to Colleges’ Performance, Low-Income Students May Suffer

Some observers have worried that states’ efforts to make colleges more efficient could box out less-advantaged students. New research suggests they may be right.


Northwestern U. Surgeon Is Cleared in Lawsuit Over Cardiac Device

The jury sided with the surgeon, who argued that his use of the unapproved device in patients was allowed under federal rules.



The Calculated Value of a President With a STEM Degree

For most of the scientists who are in charge of a growing number of universities, leadership is a continued form of experimentation.



A Year After a Climate-Change Controversy, Smithsonian and Journals Still Seek Balance on Disclosure Rules

Wei-Hock (Willie) Soon traded on connections to Harvard and the Smithsonian while failing to disclose that energy companies had supported his research on global warming. The institutions say there’s only so much they can do to keep it from happening again.



In an Era of Tighter Budgets, Researchers Find Tenure Without Grants

No major funding, no chance at becoming a full professor, right? Now that there’s less federal money to go around, that’s no longer the case.