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Blasting Academic Silos

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American University officials say the insularity of colleges within universities is a bane to both I.T. efficiency and scholarly innovation.

Science Funding Gets a Boost

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Obama administration's proposed 2011 budget would add $3.3 billion for scientific research, including an extra $1 billion for the NIH.

Is Military Research Different?

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McGill U. considers ending requirement that faculty members indicate whether any research supported by the military may have harmful consequences.

Small Grants, Lots of Goodwill

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U. of South Carolina's top two administrators, from engineering and public health, start program to offer funds to playwrights, musicians, big dreamers.

Building Spires in Vermont

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No enterprise can be all things to all people, but that doesn’t stop plenty of college presidents from introducing new departments, centers and initiatives aimed at making their institutions the best at everything.

Daniel M. Fogel, who’s been president of the University of Vermont since 2002, isn’t one of them. “There are so many disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas where we have strength and could build up more,” he says. “But you can’t prioritize everything: that’s not what prioritization is. We need to pick and choose areas of focus and emphasis.”

Today's Growth on Tomorrow's Taxes

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In a state known for horse racing, it's fair to say lawmakers have pressed the University of Louisville to gallop into a brighter research future. That encouragement began more than a decade ago, when Kentucky's "bucks for brains" program started matching private dollars given to universities in support of research and faculty recruitment.

Google and the Digital Humanities

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Proponents of the Google Books project have argued that the effort to scan every printed book in the world into a digital database will be a game-changer for scholarship. Now Google is trying help digital humanities scholars prove it.

The company plans to announce today that it is bankrolling 12 university-based research projects designed to demonstrate the potential value to scholarship of its growing digital vault.

Double Helix Trouble

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Close to 1,000 incoming students have submitted saliva samples to the University of California at Berkeley for genetic testing as part of an unusual educational experience for freshmen, but they won't be getting the results they expected. The California Department of Public Health decided Thursday that the students will not be provided with their individual genetic results.

New NSF Social Science Agenda

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Agency calls for a broad rethinking of priorities over the next decade -- both in areas to be studied and major infrastructure projects to support.

A Deal with the Devil?

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Why did the U. of Alabama at Huntsville team up with convicted con artist to produce a "revolutionary" new teaching tool that turned out not to have a market?

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