PicoFeed The Chronicle of Higher Education | Research http://www.chronicle.com/section/Research/9/ 2017-10-20T02:42:00-04:00 The Chronicle of Higher Education Can a Focus on the Marketplace Help the Social Sciences Have an Impact? http://www.chronicle.com/article/Can-a-Focus-on-the-Marketplace/241497 2017-10-18T18:15:18-04:00 The I-Corps model is winning admirers in a variety of scientific enterprises. The question is whether it can solve social problems too. By Paul Basken Professors’ Productivity Declines With Age, Right? Maybe Not. http://www.chronicle.com/article/Professors-Productivity/241477 2017-10-17T22:23:15-04:00 A study of computer-science professors found that, in 80 percent of cases, their research-output patterns resisted the traditional perception of an early burst of publication followed by a gradual decline. By Julia Martinez Can Social Science Tell Us How Much Gerrymandering Is Too Much? http://www.chronicle.com/article/Can-Social-Science-Tell-Us-How/241407 2017-10-09T15:05:09-04:00 In the spotlight of a Supreme Court case over whether Wisconsin lawmakers drew the state’s districts unconstitutionally, the discipline sees both its power and its limits. By Paul Basken Undergraduate Research Surges, Despite Uncertainties Over Best Practices http://www.chronicle.com/article/Undergraduate-Research-Surges/241360 2017-10-02T21:51:33-04:00 All types of colleges are embracing research at the undergraduate level. Finding the best features and combinations of experiences, however, is very much a work in progress. By Paul Basken A Debate About White Supremacy and Medieval Studies Exposes Deep Rifts in the Field http://www.chronicle.com/article/A-Debate-About-White-Supremacy/241234 2017-09-18T21:20:21-04:00 Medievalists have been wrestling with their field’s connection to white supremacists. Now, one of their own has sharply challenged their fears, revealing a struggle to define the discipline’s future. By Nell Gluckman Elsevier Embraces Data-Sharing Standards, in Step Toward Scientific Openness http://www.chronicle.com/article/Elsevier-Embraces-Data-Sharing/241089 2017-09-05T03:00:01-04:00 In support of scientific transparency, the publishing giant endorsed broad guidelines for open articles and data. By Paul Basken The Antifa Academic http://www.chronicle.com/article/The-Antifa-Academic/241002 2017-08-24T19:41:44-04:00 A Dartmouth lecturer who wrote a book on the anti-fascist movement discusses his research and the people at the center of it. By Nell Gluckman Elsevier Is Becoming a Data Company. Should Universities Be Wary? http://www.chronicle.com/article/Elsevier-Is-Becoming-a-Data/240876 2017-08-07T23:39:00-04:00 For years university researchers have complained that the publishing giant has driven up the costs of journals. Now, as data-sharing becomes more valuable, the company’s shifting focus is raising new concerns. By Paul Basken House Republicans Counter Trump on University Research Costs http://www.chronicle.com/article/House-Republicans-Counter/240633 2017-07-12T19:48:01-04:00 An appropriations panel’s budget plan rejects the administration’s proposal to eliminate or sharply cut indirect-cost payments for medical research. By Paul Basken Why Disclosure Policies Don’t Discourage Academe’s Drug Salesmen http://www.chronicle.com/article/Why-Disclosure-Policies/240522 2017-07-03T13:59:00-04:00 The practice of drug-company payments to scientists to help promote their products remains widespread, despite persistent efforts by universities and the government to check it. By Paul Basken A New Theory on How Researchers Can Solve the Reproducibility Crisis: Do the Math http://www.chronicle.com/article/A-New-Theory-on-How/240470 2017-06-28T23:00:10-04:00 In the hunt for complex causes of the reproducibility crisis, universities and researchers may not be giving enough attention to a simpler cure. By Paul Basken Universities Are Getting a Lesson in the Value of Early Training to Apply for Grants http://www.chronicle.com/article/Universities-Are-Getting-a/240454 2017-06-27T21:34:23-04:00 With the National Science Foundation’s biological-sciences division closing a valued grant program, some outside scientific societies have offered to step in. But that idea may raise more problems than it solves. By Paul Basken Lessons From a Professor’s 10-Year Fight to Rein In Pharmaceutical Promotion http://www.chronicle.com/article/Lessons-From-a-Professor-s/240404 2017-06-20T18:36:49-04:00 PharmedOut, a project at Georgetown University, aims to provide medical education free from industry bias. Adriane J. Fugh-Berman, its founder, explains why her conferences always feature homemade cookies and why medical school is “soul-destroying.” By Paul Basken For One Scholar, an Online Stoning Tests the Limits of Public Scholarship http://www.chronicle.com/article/For-One-Scholar-an-Online/240384 2017-06-16T18:21:21-04:00 Since writing an essay analyzing the history of ancient statues, and why they are now mostly white, a University of Iowa professor has received insults and threats. By Chris Quintana Yelp for Colleges? An Economist Rates Its Usefulness http://www.chronicle.com/article/Yelp-for-Colleges-An/240317 2017-06-12T11:56:58-04:00 His survey finds that a consumer-based ratings tool could be an effective way to measure the quality of a college. By J. Clara Chan Grad Students as Peer Reviewers: the Pros and Cons http://www.chronicle.com/article/Grad-Students-as-Peer/240242 2017-06-01T19:37:37-04:00 According to a philosophy scholar, the practice “appears to be gaining the feel of normalcy,” but there’s no consensus about whether that’s a positive development. Here’s a quick guide to the pros and cons. By Nell Gluckman To Counter Opioid Crisis, NIH Pushes Researchers to Invent More Drugs http://www.chronicle.com/article/To-Counter-Opioid-Crisis-NIH/240219 2017-05-31T21:03:50-04:00 Academic experts criticize what they see as a misguided focus by the National Institutes of Health on pharmaceutical solutions at the expense of other approaches. By Paul Basken Lawmakers Show Sympathy for Trump Plan to Squeeze Research Costs http://www.chronicle.com/article/Lawmakers-Show-Sympathy-for/240161 2017-05-25T00:45:48-04:00 The Trump administration wants to cut indirect-cost payments to universities that win research grants. That might not hurt Harvard, a witness told a House panel, but could hurt "the broad research mission." By Paul Basken Reckoning With Slavery http://www.chronicle.com/specialreport/Reckoning-With-Slavery/117 2017-05-25T00:00:00-04:00 In recent years, scholarship on the history of slavery has leapt beyond academe to force a societal reckoning. This occasional series explores fresh questions scholars are asking as America confronts its history of human bondage. NIH Is Firm on Plan to Limit Per-Person Grant Awards http://www.chronicle.com/article/NIH-Is-Firm-on-Plan-to-Limit/240102 2017-05-17T20:00:00-04:00 The agency’s director says new data show that researchers’ productivity tends to decline once they hold at least three major grants. By Paul Basken