PicoFeed The Chronicle of Higher Education | Faculty http://www.chronicle.com/section/Faculty/7/ 2017-02-27T15:38:18-05:00 The Chronicle of Higher Education An Activist Defends His Dissertation in Rap http://www.chronicle.com/article/An-Activist-Defends-His/239335 2017-02-27T04:56:18-05:00 In lieu of the typical paper or project, a doctoral student at Clemson University composed a multimedia work whose centerpiece is a 34-track rap album. By Fernanda Zamudio-Suaréz Through Petitions, Professors Exercise a 'Special Duty to Speak Out' http://www.chronicle.com/article/Through-Petitions-Professors/239334 2017-02-27T04:44:00-05:00 Over the past year they've signed open letters on climate change, immigration, academic freedom, and college controversies. Do their efforts make any difference? By Audrey Williams June Professor Who Urged an Election Recount Thinks Trump Won, but Voting Integrity Still Concerns Him http://www.chronicle.com/article/Professor-Who-Urged-an/239304 2017-02-23T04:55:00-05:00 "The 2016 election is pretty well settled," says J. Alex Halderman, "but I am extremely worried about what is going to happen in 2018 and 2020." By Paul Basken Researchers Are Divided as FDA Moves to Regulate Gene Editing http://www.chronicle.com/article/Researchers-Are-Divided-as-FDA/239256 2017-02-22T04:55:00-05:00 To supporters, the agency is simply trying to keep up with the science. To detractors, it’s a reach for authority so broad as to go beyond any reasonable definition of the Food and Drug Administration’s mandate. By Paul Basken Iowa Bill Would Force Universities to Consider Political Affiliation in Faculty Hiring http://www.chronicle.com/article/Iowa-Bill-Would-Force/239261 2017-02-22T04:55:00-05:00 A state senator who previously has taken shots at higher education describes his new measure as intended to reduce professors’ partisan slants while making them better known to students. By Peter Schmidt Meet the Math Professor Who’s Fighting Gerrymandering With Geometry http://www.chronicle.com/article/Meet-the-Math-Professor/239260 2017-02-22T04:55:00-05:00 Moon Duchin has helped create a program to train mathematicians to be expert witnesses in court cases over redrawn electoral districts. She explains why it’s "the right moment" to pursue this new approach. By Shannon Najmabadi Job-Killing Computerization Sets Its Sights on the University Researcher http://www.chronicle.com/article/Job-Killing-Computerization/239248 2017-02-20T14:16:06-05:00 At this past weekend’s annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, scientists also heard broader warnings about the threats to American workers posed by computerized automation. By Paul Basken Feeling Under Siege by Trump, Scientists Plot Their Response http://www.chronicle.com/article/Feeling-Under-Siege-by-Trump/239247 2017-02-20T04:56:32-05:00 Researchers’ anxiety was evident at the AAAS meeting in Boston over the weekend. They want to push back against attacks on science, but don’t want to be seen as just another political interest group. By Paul Basken From Prison Uniforms to Graduation Robes http://www.chronicle.com/article/From-Prison-Uniforms-to/239240 2017-02-19T18:28:00-05:00 Two new books about the Bard Prison Initiative argue for the wisdom of offering liberal-arts-degree programs in prisons. By Peter Monaghan Selected New Books on Higher Education http://www.chronicle.com/article/Selected-New-Books-on-Higher/239239 2017-02-19T18:21:00-05:00 The latest topics include hookup culture on Catholic campuses and the influence of the German model on the rise of American research universities. Compiled by Nina C. Ayoub Russia Scholars Hope for an End to Their Field’s Bear Market http://www.chronicle.com/article/Russia-Scholars-Hope-for-an/239224 2017-02-17T04:55:00-05:00 Russian studies has watched its funding and student interest decline over the past two decades. Could President Putin’s meddling in the presidential election inspire a resurgence? By Steve Kolowich Why Is a University’s Top Lawyer Seeking an Outspoken Professor’s Emails? http://www.chronicle.com/article/Why-Is-a-University-s-Top/239199 2017-02-15T04:55:00-05:00 A public-records request submitted by the general counsel at the University of Oregon is raising concerns about privacy and academic freedom. By Adam Harris Tenured Faculty, Are You Part of the Problem? http://www.chronicle.com/article/Tenured-Faculty-Are-You-Part/239198 2017-02-14T13:14:00-05:00 A new essay argues that tenured and tenure-track professors in the humanities are complicit in the exploitation of instructors further down the food chain. We want to know what you think. By Andy Thomason ‘March for Science’ Organizer Says It’s About the Public, Not the Scientists http://www.chronicle.com/article/March-for-Science-/239160 2017-02-13T04:55:00-05:00 Science supporters are marching not just to demand funding and evidence-based research in policies, but also to promote awareness about what scientists do. By Fernanda Zamudio-Suaréz Scholars Push to Broaden Research on America’s Far Right http://www.chronicle.com/article/Scholars-Push-to-Broaden/239180 2017-02-10T13:00:20-05:00 Facing an increased demand for information on a topic relatively few have studied, one professor wants to establish a new center. But funding challenges loom. By Tom Hesse In Courses on Dystopian Literature, Everybody Wants to Talk About Trump http://www.chronicle.com/article/In-Courses-on-Dystopian/239125 2017-02-07T04:55:00-05:00 The new president and the era of "alternative facts" have started to creep into English-literature classes across the nation. By Lindsay McKenzie 3 Professors Are Fasting to Protest Their University's 'Silence' on the Travel Ban http://www.chronicle.com/article/3-Professors-Are-Fasting-to/239133 2017-02-06T14:11:00-05:00 A court's recent suspension of the ban, affecting citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries, makes the Clemson University protest all the more important, the professors say. By Lindsay McKenzie Sensing New Threats, Scientists Entertain Political Ambitions http://www.chronicle.com/article/Sensing-New-Threats/239082 2017-02-02T04:55:00-05:00 As the White House signals that it may clamp down on communications between federal agencies and the public, some scientists feel pressure to become more politically engaged and even run for office themselves. By Fernanda Zamudio-Suaréz Here Are 7 People Whose Lives Were Changed by the Travel Ban http://www.chronicle.com/article/Here-Are-7-People-Whose-Lives/239053 2017-01-31T04:55:00-05:00 "I felt like, that could not happen in a country like America," an undergraduate told us. Another said, "It’s kind of humiliating." Disruption and Uncertainty Ripple Across a Discipline http://www.chronicle.com/article/DisruptionUncertainty/239052 2017-01-31T04:43:24-05:00 As the Middle East Studies Association takes a stand against the new immigration restrictions, its president discusses how academic experts on that region are being affected. By Peter Schmidt