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New JSTOR online magazine seeks to expand access to archives

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New daily online magazine from the digital archive seeks to be "where news meets its scholarly match."

Essay on how academics can seek help from colleagues

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People starting academic careers, just like everyone else, can find themselves overwhelmed, writes Nate Kreuter. And they don't need to be afraid to seek assistance from colleagues.

 

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Academic Minute: Biomedical Patents

In today's Academic Minute, Kirsten Matthews, fellow in science and technology policy at Rice University, addresses the patenting process in biotechnology. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

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Academic Minute: The Evolution of Spite

In today's Academic Minute, Patrick Forber, associate professor of philosophy at Tufts University, explains how he and a a team of researchers are studying how spite has evolved. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

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Scrutiny for Delaware State professor's statements on Ebola

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Delaware State U. defends (and also criticizes) professor who published piece in Liberian newspaper suggesting Western authorities may be responsible for Ebola.

Essay on importance of meeting people when networking for academic jobs

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If you are looking for a job, post-Ph.D., you need to always be ready to make connections, writes Christine Kelly.

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Academic Minute: Prisoners' Health

In today's Academic MInute, William Alex Pridemore, a criminologist at Georgia State University, discusses the health risks that prisoners face. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

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Essay on what new doctoral students should know about the job market

Alexander L. Wisnoski III explains what new Ph.D. students in the humanities and social sciences need to learn about the job market.

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Faculty members at Alamo Colleges say they're not consulted on curricular decisions

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Less than a year after Alamo Colleges professors objected to their chancellor's plan to require a course in part on the '7 Habits,' they cite new concerns about shared governance, including a move to abolish program-based associate degrees.

Cooking Up Adjunct Activism

Adjuncts at Front Range Community College in Colorado are cooking up some activism – recipes and all – with their new project, “The Adjunct Cookbook.” The book contains “food bank-friendly concoctions” intended to shine a light on adjuncts’ working conditions and pay at the college’s four campuses and elsewhere. There’s a section on “'Nobucks’ Coffee Drinks,” for example, and other meal recipes calling for very low-cost ingredients, such as beef scraps and bruised tomatoes. Interspersed are facts about adjunct labor, how colleges spend their money, and names of places and programs where adjuncts can find food and other assistance locally.

“We hope that the book helps [adjuncts] realize they have not failed, but that the system has failed them,” said Caprice Lawless, president of the college’s American Association of University Professors chapter and an adjunct instructor of English who contributed to the book project, in news release. Authors are asking a $7.50 donation for the book, available here. They haven’t copyrighted, they say, because they want their counterparts on other campuses to be able to borrow the model. Andrew Dorsey, president of Front Range, said he hadn't seen the cookbook and therefore couldn't comment. But he said Front Range adjuncts earn from $735 to $1,119 per credit hour, based on experience and other factors, and deliver about 60 percent of instruction.

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