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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?

Egg on Its Interface

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Criticism from librarians prompts JSTOR to promise changes to its recently redesigned database portal.

Times Change in Higher Ed Coverage

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New York Times now treats research universities as news commentators, not news makers, say Illinois researchers.

Long Road to Open Access

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Effort by leading research universities to rethink the economics of scholarly journals has an underwhelming first year, and experts caution against expectations of quick change.

Research Deals Under Microscope

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Review of contracts between big oil companies and universities finds too much corporate control over scholarship, but colleges fervently dispute findings.

Spooky Side of Research

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At Franklin & Marshall, student and professor investigate the weird world of ghost hunters.

Higher Ed Research Roundup

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INDIANAPOLIS -- As much as they have been a favorite subject for (and in some cases target of) politicians and policy makers for the last two years, for-profit colleges have been comparatively little studied by researchers in higher education, and little discussed at the yearly gathering of such scholars.

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