April 14, 2017

Volume 63, Issue 32

Top News

A decade ago, Kristina Anderson was shot while in her French class at Virginia Tech. Now she’s reshaping, again and again, the meaning of that terrible day.

Highlights

Want to be productive and set smart goals for your break? Here’s how.

Also In the Issue

To make the best use of her break, an assistant professor at the U. of Oregon broke it into three chunks.

After the shootings, Lucinda Roy, an English professor, felt she had failed. "We have this idea of the ideal teacher, that if you only try heard enough, you will be able to reach every student."

Juilliard School's campus in Tianjin, China, named its first president, and a veteran leader of journalism schools in the United States was appointed founding dean of the journalism school at O.P. Jindal Global University, in India.

 

The top four gifts over a recent time period were all for medical research.

Jerzy Nowak, whose wife, Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, was killed at Virginia Tech in 2007, recalls the day that changed his life, and how he and their daughter continued.

Pennsylvania State University’s Faculty Senate has recommended changes that would turn jobs off the tenure track into a viable career path. The move is more comprehensive than most such efforts, but it has plenty of forbears.

Wake Forest University is using a gift from the Charles Koch Foundation to establish an institute focused on the study of "human flourishing." The result has been a bitter debate over its gift policies and perceived threats to academic freedom.

Both big and small programs put a priority on trust in their athletic tutors. "We’ll tell them right off the bat, We almost don’t care what you know," one tutor coordinator says. "The question is: Can you be trusted?"

The Michigan university is seeking to deal with medical-school professors who its president says are abusing the system. Other faculty members are wary.

Scientists and social scientists feel compelled to play a more public role in defending the value of their work. But that comes with risks — and institutions and disciplinary groups need to do more to prepare, say some leaders in the field.

The reimbursements reflect the legitimate expenses of academic science, and would still need to be covered, experts say.

Brandon E. Banks was scheduled to speak to athletes at Louisiana State University, until concerned students and faculty members got wind of the talk.

Lisa DeBoer, a professor at Westmont College, explains the significance of a statement whose signatories promise to recognize "vulnerable populations among us" and "ways we benefit from and participate in structural injustices."

The publications of the 90-year-old press, which got an annual subsidy of $200,000, include a highly regarded journal of Milton studies.

Commentary

If the partners joined forces at much earlier stages in the research process, they could identify emerging problems that are of significance to both.

Steps like annual letters to students estimating the size and length of their payments could curb imprudent borrowing commitments.

Don’t allow yourself to be treated as a checked box on someone else’s to-do list.