Universities Seek Smaller, Modernized Fleet of Research Vessels

The Obama administration has asked Congress to pay $106 million toward two new ships, although researchers say a third vessel is needed — an idea that has support in the Senate but not in the House of Representatives.



Why the College Degree Seems to Be Deciding the Presidential Election

A stark divide in voter preferences has opened between people with college diplomas and people without them. What’s going on? Here are a few issues to consider.



Clinton and Trump Are the Candidates of Our Dreams, Whether We Like It or Not

Kelly Bulkeley has been collecting dreams about presidential candidates for years. What do they all mean?



An Ambitious Science Hub's New Leader Explains Its Bid to Find All Cures

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, the pediatrician Priscilla Chan, have invested $600 million in a new lab space for universities in the Bay Area. The Chronicle talks to one of its directors.



Big Money Comes to Inequality Research

Amid anxieties over growing disparities, donors and foundations are devoting serious amounts to studies of rich and poor.


Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Pledges $3 Billion for Science Research

The Facebook co-founder and his physician wife draw praise from Bill Gates, among others, as they outlined plans to tackle big goals and fund research that other grant makers consider too risky.



Newly Named Species Find Their 15 Minutes of Fame. Thanks, Obama.

A handful of researchers have named their recent discoveries for the president. With that decision comes publicity and, for some, regret.



Farm Scientists See Ripening Opportunity for Greater Federal Support

Agricultural researchers — and the companies that support them — say it's time for Congress to boost its investment in their work.


Amid Heightened Interest, Transgender Studies Weighs Newfound Influence

Scholars in the field are holding what’s billed as the first conference of its kind as transgender issues become more mainstream than ever.



Better Than Impact Factor? NIH Team Claims Key Advance in Ranking Journal Articles

Analysts endorsed a measure, called relative citation ratio, that aims to reflect how experts assess the influence of a paper, not just how many people cite it.


Federal Prosecutors Join Fight Against Predatory Journals

The Federal Trade Commission, in its first such foray into scholarly publishing, has filed a civil complaint against one of the largest publishers of online science journals.



The New Gun-Violence Scholars

A discipline with little federal funding now has some momentum. But the researchers who study firearms violence and policy still face emotional and financial demands.



To Curtail Violence, Researchers Say, Reduce Economic Inequality

If a coherent antiviolence strategy exists, it’s built on two precepts: Think small, and start by creating jobs. Both of those guidelines present researchers with challenges.



A Joke Syllabus With a Serious Point: Cussing Away the Reproducibility Crisis

Sanjay Srivastava’s assessment of the state of psychology mixes a certain four-letter word and gallows humor with a desire to raise awareness of important research issues in his field.


Researchers Push Back Against Journals’ Demands That Medical Data Be Shared

Hundreds of scientists said the research community isn’t yet ready to release data on a relatively quick turnaround.



Every 2 Years, One Professor Turns the Olympics Into Her Classroom

This month in Rio de Janeiro, a George Washington University professor and her students will be collecting data on venues, seating, security, and other topics for the International Olympic Committee.



The College Custodian as an Unheralded Pillar of Student Support

A researcher who shadowed maintenance workers in the dormitories of a large public university found that they often provide mentorship and crisis intervention. He suggests training them to do so better.



The Scholars Who Look at American History Through Beer-Tinted Glasses

For a major cultural force, beer hasn’t faced much serious historical inquiry. But now that the Smithsonian is seeking a scholar in the field, could "beer studies" become a thing?



A Team of Political Scientists, a Convention Like No Other, and a Search for One Good Protest

Student researchers from Penn State arrived at the Republican National Convention expecting chaotic — and perhaps frightening — scenes of activism. Instead they got a lesson in the unpredictability of social-science fieldwork.



When the President of the United States Writes an Article in Your Journal

How do you edit Barack Obama? The Chronicle spoke to the editor in chief of a journal that published the president’s article on the future of health-care reform on Monday.



'One Trigger Finger for Whites and Another for Blacks': What the Research Says

Scholars have been studying the role of race in fatal police shootings for decades. Here’s a survey of what they’ve learned.


Why Don't Young Scientists Get More Grants? Often They Don't Apply

Experts have long bemoaned the fact that older researchers earn disproportionate funding. A new study suggests they're more likely than their younger colleagues to ask the NIH for money.



What Happens When Your Research Is Featured on ‘Fox & Friends’

A foundational piece of research on microaggressions, cited as a guide by several universities, has surfaced as ammunition in the war over sensitivity in higher education.