The Chronicle of Higher Education | Faculty http://chronicle.com/section/Faculty/7/ News :: Faculty Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:07:18 EDT <![CDATA[Tenure Lawsuit Challenges Privacy of Student Evaluations]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228789/ http://chronicle.com/article/Tenure-Lawsuit-Challenges/228789/ A theater professor fired by Pomona College accuses it of denying her access to students’ reviews of her teaching to hide its own discrimination.

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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[A New Grant Aims to Help Young Medical Researchers Jump-Start Their Careers]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228707/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-New-Grant-Aims-to-Help-Young/228707/ The average scientist is 42 before he or she scores a first NIH grant. That creates a gap, and three philanthropic groups are trying to fill it.

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Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:01:46 EDT
<![CDATA[Studies of the Gut: Overhyped or Underappreciated?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228657/ http://chronicle.com/article/Studies-of-the-Gut-Overhyped/228657/ Even researchers who disagree on whether today’s results are overstated agree on the promise of tomorrow’s.

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Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[Pushing for Culture Change, Ph.D.'s Explore Careers Beyond Academe]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228639/ http://chronicle.com/article/Pushing-for-Culture-Change/228639/ An unusual meeting at Berkeley offers job advice and consultation to those looking for work beyond the campus.

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Fri, 20 Mar 2015 04:55:42 EDT
<![CDATA[Quakes Rattle Oklahoma, Exposing Concerns About the Flagship’s Control of State’s Seismologist]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228563/ http://chronicle.com/article/Quakes-Rattle-Oklahoma/228563/ The university’s president sits on the board of a prominent oil company, a worrisome fact when scientists fault injection wells for a steep rise in earthquakes.

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Wed, 18 Mar 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[An AAUP Target Disputed an Investigation’s Findings. So It Tried a Pre-emptive Attack.]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228503/ http://chronicle.com/article/An-AAUP-Target-Disputed-an/228503/ The University of Texas’ M.D. Anderson Cancer Center leaks a draft AAUP report and charges the association with shoddy work.

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Mon, 16 Mar 2015 04:55:57 EDT
<![CDATA[Median Salaries of Tenured and Tenure-Track Professors at 4-Year Colleges, 2014-15]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228435/ http://chronicle.com/article/Median-Salaries-of-Tenured-and/228435/ For the second consecutive year, salary increases for professors at public colleges outpaced those of their peers at private institutions.

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Mon, 16 Mar 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Amid a Sea of False Findings, the NIH Tries Reform]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228479/ http://chronicle.com/article/Amid-a-Sea-of-False-Findings/228479/ Too many biomedical studies can’t be reproduced. But to fix that, will scientists have to change their whole culture?

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Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Despite Progress, Only 1 in 4 College Presidents Are Women]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228473/ http://chronicle.com/article/Despite-Progress-Only-1-in-4/228473/ The proportion has barely budged in a decade, a result of barriers that are both external and self-imposed.

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Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Illinois Bill Threatens Professors’ Cherished Perk: Tuition Breaks for Their Children]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228437/ http://chronicle.com/article/Illinois-Bill-Threatens/228437/ The measure’s Democratic sponsor says the state cannot afford to continue granting waivers to the offspring of public-university workers.

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Thu, 12 Mar 2015 04:55:08 EDT
<![CDATA[Keeping Adjuncts Engaged Is Key to Helping Community-College Students Stay on Track]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228445/ http://chronicle.com/article/Keeping-Adjuncts-Engaged-Is/228445/ Part-timers teach many of the institutions’ classes and are at the forefront of completion efforts. Professional development is essential, college leaders say.

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Thu, 12 Mar 2015 04:54:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Graduate-Student Union Organizers Hail NYU Deal as a Breakthrough]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228393/ http://chronicle.com/article/Graduate-Student-Union/228393/ The tentative contract could be a model for graduate students at other private colleges. But first they face the challenge of getting their unions recognized.

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Wed, 11 Mar 2015 04:59:11 EDT
<![CDATA[An Iconoclastic Researcher Makes a Badly Needed Antibiotic Breakthrough]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228261/ http://chronicle.com/article/An-Iconoclastic-Researcher/228261/ It took Slava Epstein years to convince grant reviewers that his simple idea was worth the investment. His persistence may spur an upheaval in biomedical research.

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Mon, 09 Mar 2015 04:55:23 EDT
<![CDATA[Scholars Re-Examine Arab World’s ‘Facebook Revolutions’]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228293/ http://chronicle.com/article/Scholars-Re-Examine-Arab/228293/ Bloggers who help spur the protests of the Arab Spring were sidelined by Islamist parties and military regimes. How are social media being used today?

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Mon, 09 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Sweet Briar’s Sudden Closure Plans Leave Students and Employees Scrambling]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228233/ http://chronicle.com/article/Sweet-Briar-s-Sudden-Closure/228233/ Other colleges offer to take in jettisoned students, but faculty and staff members fear being left without decent jobs, money, and even homes.

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Thu, 05 Mar 2015 04:56:31 EST
<![CDATA[Talk of 'De-Tenure' Triggers Faculty Ire in Tennessee]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228097/ http://chronicle.com/article/Talk-of-De-Tenure-Triggers/228097/ The university system said a reference to the potential "enacting of a de-tenure process" was "inadvertent and incorrect." But faculty members remain leery.

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Tue, 03 Mar 2015 04:56:00 EST
<![CDATA[If B.A.’s Can’t Lead Graduates to Jobs, Can Badges Do the Trick?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228073/ http://chronicle.com/article/If-BA-s-Can-t-Lead/228073/ A group of universities in the Washington area are betting that the certifications will help convince employers that students are picking up essential skills.

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Mon, 02 Mar 2015 04:55:43 EST
<![CDATA[NIH Refuses to Release Its Count of Animals in Academic Labs]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/190527/ http://chronicle.com/article/NIH-Refuses-to-Release-Its/190527/ But data collected by the activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals suggest that such animal use rose nearly 73 percent from 1997 to 2012.

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Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:55:02 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