Georgia Tech, Emory University begin work to tie libraries together

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Georgia Tech and Emory's plan to build shared library collection begins in earnest this month. Partnership could lay the foundation for library consortium in Atlanta area.

How to communicate research results beyond academe (essay)

Effective communication gives you the means to reach deep into the institutions that make decisions that affect us all, writes M. V. Lee Badgett.

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Are historians the ideal futurists?

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Is history really future studies in reverse? Panel at recent gathering of historians' association makes case for teaching the future.

Is this the best acknowledgment section of a scholarly book?

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Blog post about a scholar's anti-thank-you has lots of people talking.

MLA attendees march to protest campus carry law

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MLA members protest new state law at Texas Capitol -- and argue that guns have no place in college classrooms.

Historians reject measure criticizing Israel

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Scholars question idea that one country should be "singled out."

LSU Professor Arrested on Dozens of Fraud Charges

Louisiana authorities have arrested Todd Finley Shupe, director of Louisiana State University's Wood Durability Lab, and charged him with 98 counts of fraud and misappropriation of funds. Shupe is alleged to have repeatedly forged students' signatures to collect faked travel expenses of more than $16,000, The Advocate reported. Shupe did not respond to an email from Inside Higher Ed about the charges.

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Female Economists Advised to Avoid Group Work

Could lack of credit for co-written papers explain the underrepresentation of women in economics? New research by Heather Sarsons, a Ph.D. candidate in economics at Harvard University, detailed in The New York Times, suggests that women struggle to earn tenure in the collaboration-heavy field because they aren’t afforded the same recognition for group work as their male co-authors. Sarsons compiled data on the publication records of young economists recruited by top U.S. universities over the last 40 years, according to The Times, and found that while women publish as much as men, they are twice as likely not to earn tenure. The difference persists even when controlling for tenure rates across universities, different subfields, quality of research and other factors. It’s most pronounced when a woman is the only female co-author on a paper.

The one exception? Women who work alone, or solo author everything, have roughly the same chance of receiving tenure as a man. Collaborative work had no negative impact on men’s career success, meanwhile. Sarsons notably completed a parallel analysis of similar data concerning sociologists, in which no gendered effect was observed in relation to group work and earning tenure (though she notes the sample was small). One possible explanation is that economists list their names alphabetically on a co-written paper, while sociologists list the lead author first. Sarsons’s working paper, called “Gender Differences in Recognition for Group Work,” is available here.

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New analysis offers more evidence against student evaluations of teaching

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New analysis offers more evidence against the reliability of student evaluations of teaching, at least for their use in personnel decisions.

Academic Minute: A Lost Part of the Brain

Today on the Academic Minute, Franco Pestilli, assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences at Indiana University, examines how a once-forgotten discovery may bring huge benefits to our health. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

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