Volume 62, Issue 19: January 22, 2016

January 17, 2016

This week's highlights.


In the State of the Union Address, the president sounds upbeat. On Wheaton College’s campus, some students sound distressed. And David Bowie’s music still sounds rebellious.


The support they need to overcome barriers to aspirational careers comes too little, too late.


College plays a role in reinforcing and even widening the gap between haves and have-nots. The Chronicle is introducing an occasional series exploring how.


A dispute at Wheaton College of Illinois that started with a Facebook post about Christianity and Islam could end in a professor’s dismissal. For other faculty members at the evangelical Christian institution, that raises troubling questions.


A controversy at Wheaton College, in Illinois, has some aspiring academics rethinking the advice to apply everywhere, but religious colleges remain confident they can screen out bad fits.


The NIH, for one, is building a national database to connect minority students with informal advisers at other universities or within companies, with plans to train them in ‘culturally responsive mentoring.’


Three years ago, President Obama directed federal agencies to conduct or sponsor research on gun violence. The flow of those dollars to such projects is still small, but signs are growing that other groups are interested in supporting the work.


The national poll sheds light on racial disparities between students who feel prepared for college and those who don’t.


Last year PLOS ONE published 10 percent fewer papers than it did two years ago. Its editors say that’s a sign that more major publishers are taking open-access publications seriously.


The 12 kinds of email a professor got when she became a national spectacle.


Steve Kay says he and Peter Schultz want to bring discoveries made by scientists "further down the value chain."


A book on the big-money culture of college football is a cautionary tale for the entire academic enterprise, a professor says.


Bernard J. Milano, president of the Ph.D. Project — a nonprofit organization committed to diversifying the faculty ranks at the nation’s business schools — talks about how the Ph.D. Project works, its track record, and why faculty diversity matters. 


If faculty members keep playing defense rather than offense, the patient will be completely dead before too long.


Colleges should be allowed to use preferences for underrepresented minorities — and to do so explicitly.


This is why professors who quit academe can’t stop talking about it.


The case of Larycia Hawkins resonates beyond the Illinois campus because it’s a cautionary tale for all institutions, faith-based and secular, that seek to protect their core beliefs.


If we expand service-learning projects to include collaboration, what new types of learning might we discover?


Too many efforts to stem global warming focus exclusively on the hard sciences.


We must redesign college education with individuality in mind.


Universities should join forces for programs that tap their combined strengths.


In flashes of overwhelming experience, he transcended despair.


How did her adopted nation influence her thinking?


Professors are tempted to do almost anything to engage and inspire their students.


Cross-disciplinary work should increase understanding of, and respect for, one another's fields.