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Penn State announces new health insurance surcharges for smokers, others

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Penn State angered faculty when it mandated biometric tests for those on health insurance. Now it's charging extra to those who use tobacco. Faculty members -- including those who don't smoke -- are furious.

U. of California Board of Regents adopts new measure for academic freedom

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U. of California board -- responding to 2006 Supreme Court ruling -- codifies the right of professors to offer views on any policy or action of the university.

Conservative Group Questions Book for Frosh at College of Charleston

Palmetto Family, a conservative religious group, is questioning the choice of the College of Charleston to have this fall's freshmen read the memoir Fun Home, The Post and Courier reported. Oran Smith, president and chief operating officer of Palmetto Family, said he found the book "very close to pornography" and "way over the top." The college has said it will not change its choice. While the book does deal with issues of sexual orientation (the author is a lesbian who describes growing up with a gay father), it has received numerous strong reviews. The author is the creator of the comic strip "Dykes to Watch Out For."

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Essay on the coaching style of mentoring

Kerry Ann Rockquemore explains the differences between the two.

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Academic Minute: Biology and Pair Bonding

In today’s Academic Minute, Angie Willey of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst discusses the assumptions behind current interpretations of how biology influences monogamy and pair bonding. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

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Pitt Prof Charged With Killing Wife, Also a Professor

Authorities have charged Robert Ferrante, a neuroscientist at the University of Pittsburgh, with killing his wife, Autumn Klein, a neurologist at the university, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The charges state that Ferrante killed his wife with cyanide that he had shipped to his lab. Ferrante's lawyer said that the charges were false.

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New Statement by Historians on Mitch Daniels Controversy

The Organization of American Historians has become the latest group to issue a statement about the controversy over Mitch Daniels's efforts, while governor of Indiana, to prevent the teaching of the works of the late Howard Zinn.

"The OAH regards the current episode as a 'teachable moment' when instructors in American history at every level have the opportunity to convey to our students how historians debate ideas and assess the merit of each others’ written work. We invite members to contact us with their account of classroom exercises and discussion questions that they have used, or intend to use in class, to promote discussion of such issues. We promise to post as many of them as we can on our website to encourage open discussion," says the statement.

The OAH regards the current episode as a “teachable moment” when instructors in American history at every level have the opportunity to convey to our students how historians debate ideas and assess the merit of each others’ written work. We invite members to contact us with their account of classroom exercises and discussion questions that they have used, or intend to use in class, to promote discussion of such issues. We promise to post as many of them as we can on our website to encourage open discussion. - See more at: http://www.oah.org/news/20130725_daniels.html#sthash.ZycPebZN.dpuf
The OAH regards the current episode as a “teachable moment” when instructors in American history at every level have the opportunity to convey to our students how historians debate ideas and assess the merit of each others’ written work. We invite members to contact us with their account of classroom exercises and discussion questions that they have used, or intend to use in class, to promote discussion of such issues. We promise to post as many of them as we can on our website to encourage open discussion. - See more at: http://www.oah.org/news/20130725_daniels.html#sthash.ZycPebZN.dpuf
The OAH regards the current episode as a “teachable moment” when instructors in American history at every level have the opportunity to convey to our students how historians debate ideas and assess the merit of each others’ written work. We invite members to contact us with their account of classroom exercises and discussion questions that they have used, or intend to use in class, to promote discussion of such issues. We promise to post as many of them as we can on our website to encourage open discussion. - See more at: http://www.oah.org/news/20130725_daniels.html#sthash.ZycPebZN.dpuf
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President Resigns at American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Leslie Berlowitz will resign as president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences next week, the organization announced Thursday. She will receive a one-time payment of $475,000, which an academy statement said reflected previously pledged retirement benefits. Berlowitz has been under fire -- and on paid leave -- since shortly after The Boston Globe revealed in June that she did not have a doctorate she claimed to have on various documents submitted by the academy in seeking grants. Subsequent Globe articles raised questions about her management of the organization, and allegations that she did not treat staff members well. In a letter published in the Globe Thursday, Berlowitz wrote that she was "tempted" to provide a response to all of the issues that have been raised in recent months, but opted not to do so. "I believe there is only one fact of consequence that bears mentioning: I always acted in good faith and with the best interests of the academy at heart," she wrote.

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Essay on adjustments adjuncts need to make to land jobs at new institutions

When searching for new sections to teach at new colleges, it's important for contingent faculty to show they can customize a syllabus for a new institution, writes Luke Niebler.

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Colorado AAUP caucus adopts statement against changing tenure criteria midstream

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At several campuses, faculty leaders say institutions are unfairly altering tenure criteria as candidates are midway through their probationary periods.

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