Category Archives: Research

Academic researchers and their ideas.

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Northwestern U. Is Accused of Violating Academic Freedom

Northwestern University engaged in “serious violations of academic freedom” both in its dealings with a bioethics journal that published a controversial article and in its investigation of Laura Kipnis, a film professor whom students accused of wrongdoing over her essay criticizing its sexual-misconduct policies, a faculty panel has concluded.

In a report on its findings, the Northwestern Faculty Senate’s ad hoc committee on academic freedom urges the university to revise its sexual-harassment…

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Grad Student Finds Lost Novel by Walt Whitman That Hints at ‘Leaves of Grass’

A graduate student at the University of Houston has discovered a previously unknown novel by the young Walt Whitman, reports The New York Times.

The 36,000-word Life and Adventures of Jack Engle was published anonymously in a little-known New York newspaper, The Sunday Dispatch, in 1852, when the writer was in his early 30s and worked at various newspapers. That was three years before the poet first published Leaves of Grass, which scholars say the lost novel foreshadows in various ways.

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AmeriCorps Joins NEH and NEA Among Programs Trump May Cut

A list of programs that could be cut in the Trump administration’s forthcoming budget includes not only the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, but AmeriCorps, The New York Times reports.

Although the aim of the cuts is to trim domestic spending, most of the targeted programs cost less than $500 million per year, a drop in the bucket for a government whose spending is likely to exceed $4 trillion. The previously reported cuts in the NEA and NEH generate…

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Agriculture Dept. Removes Animal-Welfare Data From Website

A trove of information about animal welfare in university and government research laboratories, in zoos and circuses, and elsewhere disappeared from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website on Friday, worrying animal-rights activists and others who have been concerned that the Trump administration will stop making available a range of data collected by the government.

In a written statement, the Agriculture Department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said that during the past yea…

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Colleges Scramble After Trump’s Executive Order Bans Citizens of 7 Muslim Countries

[Updated (1/28/2017, 9:52 p.m.) with news of the judge's ruling.]

Colleges across the United States are rushing to respond to the news on Friday that President Trump had signed an executive order suspending admission to the United States of all refugees as well as all citizens of seven majority-Muslim nations. The main message was one many institutions had been spreading well before Friday: Students and scholars, if you might be affected by such an executive order, don’t leave the country.

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Columbia U. Is Mostly Mum on Accusations of Plagiarism Against Top Trump Aide

Columbia University has declined to comment on recent reports that Monica Crowley, an appointee of President-elect Donald J. Trump, plagiarized portions of her 2000 Ph.D. dissertation at the university.

An examination of Ms. Crowley’s 2000 dissertation by Politico revealed more than a dozen instances of language and information that was either improperly cited or printed without attribution. Columbia University cited confidentiality concerns in a statement issued on Tuesday.

“We have no commen…

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8 Political Scientists to Follow on Twitter for Election Results

It’s finally Election Day, and though many Americans will turn on their televisions to watch the results roll in tonight, plenty will have their eyes on smaller screens too.

While you may already have your favorite news outlets and political junkies to keep up with on Twitter, we’ve gathered a list of political scientists worth a follow tonight. Here’s our list, in no particular order.

1. Michael McDonald, associate professor of political science at the University of Florida

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U. of New Mexico at Gallup Spent $7,000 on Bigfoot Conference

The University of Mexico at Gallup is in a hairy situation after spending more than $7,000 on a Bigfoot conference this year, according to KRQE, a television station in Albuquerque.

The conference, “Bigfoot in New Mexico: Evidence, Ecology, and Behavior,” was paid for with university funds. After the conference the university also funded a Bigfoot expedition to search for the hypothetical giant hominid, but no students or faculty members attended.

Christopher Dyer, the campus’s executive directo…

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4 Professors Involved in Philosophy Brawl Find Feces in Their Mail

Four philosophy professors who were involved in a dust-up with Brian Leiter, an influential figure in the field, received packages of excrement in the mail last summer, and critics of Mr. Leiter are accusing him of being at the bottom of the fecal attack, reports BuzzFeed. Mr. Leiter, a professor at the University of Chicago and founding editor of the Philosophical Gourmet Report, a powerful ranking of graduate programs, is known for his combative style and caustic judgments of colleagues and pr…

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15 Academics Are Among 23 Winners of 2016 MacArthur Fellowships

More than half of the 23 winners of the 2016 MacArthur Fellowships are academics, according to the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which chooses the fellows for their “exceptional creativity, promise of important advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment, and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work.”

The winners will each receive a $625,000 grant, distributed over five years, to use at their discretion.

A full list of the winners an…