Category Archives: Research

Academic researchers and their ideas.


Few Recent Graduates Were Actually Forced to Work as Baristas, Study Finds

At one point during the Great Recession, half of recent college graduates were underemployed. But contrary to popular perception, few occupied low-skill service positions, like that of the ubiquitous barista. In fact, fewer than 10 percent of recent graduates work in such jobs, according to a paper released this week by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

“While there is some truth behind the popular image of the college-educated barista,” the report reads, “this picture is not an accurate…


Sociologist Wants to Dedicate a Monument to the Anonymous Peer Reviewer

Ever feel like your journal submission is a crap shoot? This is the monument for you.

A sociologist in Russia wants to dedicate a large concrete cube at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics to the anonymous peer reviewer. As noted on Igor Chirikov’s Kickstarter page, and in an article by the magazine Nature, the monument would be shaped like a die, with the five visible sides labeled “Accept,” “Minor Changes,” “Major Changes,” “Revise and Resubmit,” and “Reject.”

But that’s not all. With a donati…


U. of Colorado Rescinds Pharmaceutical Researcher’s Ph.D. Over Falsified Data

A researcher and former doctoral student at the University of Colorado’s pharmacy school has lost his Ph.D. after an investigation revealed that his work had been substantially falsified, The Denver Post reported. The university recommended 10 of Rajendra Kadam’s papers for retraction after investigators found 22 fabrications in his doctoral thesis alone.

Mr. Kadam admitted to falsifying the data, according to a university report. That led the university’s Board of Regents to take what Ken McCon…


Fired Faculty Member Wounds Medical-School Dean With Shotgun, Police Say

The dean of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine was shot and injured on Monday by a former faculty member at the New York institution who had been fired in 2009, The New York Times reported.

The fired faculty member, Hengjun Chao, 49, was charged with attempted second-degree murder after he allegedly opened fire with a shotgun, hitting the dean, Dennis S. Charney, 65, and another man, whom the authorities did not identify, the Times reported. Neither of the victims suffered life-threatening wound…


Mexico’s President Is Said to Have Plagiarized Law Thesis

Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, plagiarized his undergraduate law thesis, a investigative journalist in Mexico reported on Sunday.

Mr. Peña Nieto plagiarized 28.9 percent of his 1991 thesis, “Mexican Presidentialism and Álvaro Obregón.”

A spokesman for the president said that the similarities were merely “style errors” and that Mr. Peña Nieto had met all the requirements to graduate as a lawyer from the country’s Panamerican University.


Fafsa Changes May Prompt Colleges to Shift Admissions Cycles Earlier

A new study has found that more than two-thirds of colleges plan to make significant changes in the enrollment process because of new rules taking effect this fall for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the Fafsa. The new policies, championed by President Obama, will allow applicants to submit the Fafsa as early as October and use tax data from two years prior, known as “prior-prior year” data. (Until now, students could use tax data only from the previous year.)

Those altera…


Smithsonian Institution Is Hiring a Beer Scholar

Beer and history lovers, it’s time to polish up your résumé because the Smithsonian is hiring.

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History plans to hire a historian for its American Brewing History Initiative. The historian will lead field and archival research for a new project on American brewing history with an emphasis on craft brewing.

The gig requires an advanced degree in American brewing, business, food, culture, or other, similar specialties in history.

A successfu…


U. of Tennessee Medical Students Will No Longer Train on Live Animals

The University of Tennessee’s Health Science Center will no longer use live animals to train medical students, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine said in a news release on Thursday.

The Health Science Center’s College of Medicine, the last American university to use live animals in training, will employ medical simulators in their place.

The John Hopkins University’s School of Medicine announced in May that it would stop teaching surgical techniques with live pigs.


Facebook Reveals How It Decides if a Research Project Is Ethical

In 2014, Facebook came out as a player in social-science research, and a controversial one at that. Its “emotional contagion” experiment, in which the company tweaked the feeds of 700,000 users and studied how it affected their moods, drew harsh criticism and put pressure on the company to apply more scrutiny to its research projects.

Now, after nearly two years of soul-searching, Facebook has revealed how it reviews and approves the experiments the company runs on users without them knowing abo…


American Medical Assn. Declares Gun Violence a ‘Public-Health Crisis’

The American Medical Association has adopted a new policy that calls gun violence in the United States “a public-health crisis,” the group announced on Tuesday.

The association also will lobby Congress, it said, to overturn legislation that prohibits the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from researching gun violence.

“An epidemiological analysis of gun violence is vital so physicians and other health providers, law enforcement, and society at large may be able to prevent injury, deat…