Job-Killing Computerization Sets Its Sights on the University Researcher

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.



Feeling Under Siege by Trump, Scientists Plot Their Response

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.



Russia Scholars Hope for an End to Their Field’s Bear Market

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?



Scholars Push to Broaden Research on America’s Far Right

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.



Sensing New Threats, Scientists Entertain Political Ambitions

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.



In Discarded Women’s March Signs, Professors Saw a Chance to Save History

Posters from the rally in Boston will be cataloged and archived.


Gun-Violence Researchers, Anticipating No Change Under Trump, Rethink Strategy

With a 20-year ban on federal funds for studies of firearm violence, researchers at more than 80 public-health institutions plan to make progress locally.



An Attempt to Replicate Top Cancer Studies Casts Doubt on Reproducibility Itself

Studies organized by Brian Nosek’s Center for Open Science have once again sounded an alarm about whether research can be replicated. But the authors of those studies take issue with the approach.


At Long Last, Agency Completes Overhaul of Rules on Use of Humans in Research

The revisions, delayed by more than five years of acrimonious debate, will take effect next year regardless of the change in presidential administrations.



The Need for More M.D.-Ph.D. Hybrids, and What Colleges Are Doing About It

Physician-scientists are uniquely adept at translating basic discoveries into cures. But graduate programs aren't producing many such scholars.



At Lab That Conquered Ebola, an Emphasis on Creativity

Gary P. Kobinger, a former chief of special pathogens at Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory, credits a climate there that fostered cooperation among scientists, rather than competition, for the international effort’s success.



A Racial-Equity Scholar Describes His ‘Painful Gratitude’ for Donald Trump

Shaun Harper says Mr. Trump's victory in the presidential election means college officials can no longer doubt that racism still exists and can appear on their campuses.



Why Millennials Don’t Want to Run for Office

The economic and psychological costs of campaigning are high, but at stake is a healthy democracy, says the political scientist Shauna L. Shames.



As the Drive to Share Data Intensifies, Can Standards Keep Up?

The push to open up access to scientific data has some researchers worried about a matter getting less attention: how they can use that information accurately.



After Trump’s Election, Political Scientists Feel New Urgency

Some scholars say the field should focus on the defense of civic principles.



Letting Researchers Choose Their Peer Reviewers Gets Another Shot

The open-access microbiology journal mSphere will give authors a "super-fast track" option toward publication. The idea has some ardent fans, but is also drawing doubts.



Research Universities Hope Trump’s Infrastructure Plans Could Be a Boon to High-Speed Communications

The president-elect has focused mostly on brick-and-mortar projects like roads and bridges. Academics hope his administration will also dedicate new federal money to a better internet.


How Voters’ Education Levels Factored Into Trump’s Win

Campaign-watchers had long focused on the role the electorate’s schooling would play in the race. But it’s hardly the only demographic breakdown that mattered.


Academic Pollsters Didn’t See All Those Trump Voters Coming, Either. Why Not?

After a surprising election, public-opinion researchers assess the damage.



Older Scientists Are Touted as Offering Untapped Value

While a researcher’s productivity generally declines with age — possibly because of the distraction of administrative duties — creativity and impact do not, a new study has found.



Open Data Meets a Defining Test

As large companies assume a bigger role in the research life cycle, Brian Nosek’s Center for Open Science sees a moment to push a vision of data sharing and open research.



A Challenge for Mental-Health Experts: Should They Weigh In on Trump?

Psychiatrists have long abided by the "Goldwater rule," which bars them from offering professional opinions on public figures they have not examined in person. This year’s Republican nominee has some specialists wavering.



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.