Study finds that the more students engage with faculty members and academics, the more their political views moderate. Student activities are what appear to encourage those already leaning left or right to tilt further.
Husband-and-wife professors at Yale law school (she gave us the "Tiger Mother" debate) publish book about why some racial and ethnic groups are more successful than others. And no, it's not because they value education.
There is some evidence that young scholars could hurt their chances at publication by posting dissertations online, but also concerns that lengthy embargoes could hurt scholarship and fail to recognize changes wrought by the Internet.