Research

'Sentenced to Science'

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Ending the Intellectual Property Frenzy

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New president of Rochester Institute of Technology proposes alternate way for academe to support business and the economy -- and it involves admitting that your institution won't have a big windfall.

Questions, Anger and Dissent on Ethics Study

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The day after a controversial report on working with the military is released, anthropologists consider whether it went far enough. Many don't think so.

More Spiritual, But Not in Church

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As undergraduates progress in college careers, they care more about issues of faith and meaning, but are less likely to attend religious services, survey finds.

Coping With the Crunch

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Facing unexpected budget shortfalls, federal physics labs across the country are cutting back operations and hoping for a break in the next funding cycle.

Call for Crackdown on Research Conflicts

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U.S. health agency says NIH does little to monitor university scientists' ties to industry, and urges stronger role.

Keeping Citations Straight, and Finding New Ones

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CiteULike, a social bookmarking tool, gains ground among scholars looking to share journal articles, trade citations and collaborate online.

'Unreal' Boost for Science?

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President Bush's proposed budget for basic research and development in the 2009 fiscal year seeks a record $147 billion, a 3 percent increase over 2008 that would elevate the physical sciences and engineering, in particular, while keeping funding for the National Institutes of Health flat and scaling back or cutting other domestic programs, including for financial aid.

Growing -- and Defining -- 'Global Studies'

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What, exactly, do we mean when we say “global studies?”

“That’s the central question,” Niklaus Steiner, the director of the Center for Global Initiatives at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said when pressed by an assistant provost in his audience who asked, “What is the intellectual justification for global studies? What do you bring that’s new?”

“What’s the central answer?”

“I see hands going up,” Steiner said, smiling, not-so-deftly dodging the question but clearing the way for further discussion on the emerging field and its place in the academy.

Going on the Offensive Against Animal 'Liberationists'

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As a battleground for the animal liberation movement, the University of California at Los Angeles has weathered threats, intimidation and property damage directed against several of its researchers over the past few years. Today -- two weeks after a firebomb went off at the same professor's house that in October was flooded with a garden hose -- the university moved beyond law enforcement, the bully pulpit and security reinforcements and filed a lawsuit against three groups and five individuals.

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