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Academic Minute: Mayan Agriculture

In today’s Academic Minute, David Lentz of the University of Cincinnati reveals how a volcanic eruption has increased our knowledge of everyday life among the Maya. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

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Essay on how to attend an academic conference

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You don't have to sit through boring presentations, writes Nate Kreuter, but you do need to think strategically.

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Academic Minute: New Fish Species Discovered

In today’s Academic Minute, Donald Stewart of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry explains why he went looking for a new species of fish in a library. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

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U. of Colorado to Conduct Survey on Political Diversity

The University of Colorado Board of Regents voted Thursday to conduct a campus survey on whether there is discrimination based on political perspectives, particularly at the flagship Boulder campus, The Denver Post reported. Regents said that there was insufficient political diversity on the faculty, and that this could lead to discrimination against students based on political perspectives. Faculty leaders have said that there is no evidence of bias against students. The survey is expected to cost at least $40,000.

 

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UNC Avoids Accreditation Sanctions for 'No-Show' Classes

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges notified officials at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Thursday that the university will not be put on probation or warned over academic irregularities in the university's Department of African and Afro-American Studies that came to light last year. Instead, the university will be monitored over the next year to ensure that it follows through on plans to "make whole" the degrees of individuals who took the classes where the irregularities occurred.

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Academic Minute: The Brain and New Music

In today’s Academic Minute, Valorie Salimpoor of the University of Toronto explains the neurology behind the human love of music. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

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New Effort to Promote Faculty Work-Family Balance

The American Council on Education on Wednesday launched a campaign asking college and university presidents to promote faculty career flexibility on their campuses.

"We've found time and time again that flexible workplace policies make for happier, more committed faculty, which ultimately translates to better outcomes for our institutions and our students," Molly Corbett Broad, ACE president, said in a news release announcing the National Challenge for Higher Education: Retaining a 21st Century Workforce.

The campaign aims to reduce faculty turnover, increase productivity and engagement among faculty, and to develop means for baby boomer faculty to remain involved in institutional life upon retirement (ACE noted this is particularly important given the “looming wave” of baby boomer retirements) through more flexible work models.

Ten presidents and chancellors already have signed on to the campaign as founding partners. They are:

  • John J. DeGioia, Georgetown University
  • Mildred García, California State University at Fullerton
  • Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, University of Maryland at Baltimore County
  • Linda P.B. Katehi, University of California at Davis
  • Renu Khator, University of Houston System chancellor and University of Houston president
  • William E. Kirwan, University System of Maryland
  • David Maxwell, Drake University
  • Lynn Pasquerella, Mount Holyoke College
  • Steven G. Poskanzer, Carleton College
  • Lou Anna K. Simon, Michigan State University
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Academic Minute: Analyzing Digitized Literature

In today’s Academic Minute, Vasileios Lampos of the University of Sheffield reveals what detailed analysis of a period literature says about the spirit of the age. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

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Colleges award tenure

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The following individuals have recently been awarded tenure by their colleges and universities:

Dickinson College

  • David Ball, English
  • Alex Bates, Japanese language and literature
  • Shawn Bender, East Asian studies
  • Christopher Bilodeau, history
  • Scott Boback, biology
  • Catrina Hamilton-Drager, physics and astronomy
  • Elizabeth Lee, art history
  • John MacCormick, computer science
  • Marian Past, Spanish

Hardin-Simmons University

Professors' TED Talk videos are highly commented, study says

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Professors'  TED Talks are more popular than those given by others, but don't look for a citation bounce.

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