British university prepares for first academic conference on Kardashians

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The world’s first "Kimposium" will explore what the fascination with the television family tells us about modern society.

Texas Tech finds dean inappropriately put in place process to change grades of some students

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Texas Tech dean quits after university panel finds he inappropriately set up system that raised several students' grades -- in violation of university procedures and behind back of professor who assigned the grades.

Illinois Reaches Tentative Settlement With Salaita

The University of Illinois has reached a tentative settlement with Steven Salaita, whose job offer to the Urbana-Champaign campus was revoked last year before the board could approve it, The News-Gazette reported. Salaita, whose controversial remarks criticizing Israel on social media concerned university leaders, sued the university, demanding not only compensation but the tenured faculty job he thought was to be his. Details of the proposed settlement are not available, and may not be until the board considers the deal Thursday. In the past, university leaders have indicated willingness to make a financial settlement with Salaita.

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New Developments in Case of Professor Convicted of Raping Disabled Man

The former Rutgers University professor of philosophy found guilty last month of sexually assaulting a disabled man is seeking to throw out her conviction, the Associated Press reported. Anna Stubblefield filed a motion seeking either an acquittal or a new trial based the notion that there was insufficient evidence to prove she knew that her victim could not offer consent. The victim, known as DJ, is a 34-year-old man with cerebral palsy. His family and state evaluators say he has the intellectual capacity of a young child, but Stubblefield said the two fell in love as they worked together using a controversial method called facilitated communication. That collaboration resulted in the 2011 publication of a peer-reviewed article in Disability Studies Quarterly, with DJ listed as the primary author. The issue also features a pro-facilitated communication paper by Stubblefield. The journal recently announced that it’s paying “significant attention” to concerns raised by recent debate over the issue, but did not specify which articles are under review.

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Provost Pick Upsets Professors at College of Charleston

Many faculty members questioned the decision of the board of the College of Charleston last year to appoint Glenn McConnell as president. Now faculty leaders are questioning McConnell's selection as provost, Brian McGee, The Post and Courier reported. Faculty leaders said they repeatedly asked for a chance for input into the provost choice, and were delayed and largely ignored. McGee has been serving as provost and was previously chair of communications. Professors question his role in two controversial tenure cases -- a subject he declined to discuss. McConnell defended the selection, praising McGee for his performance while serving as interim provost.

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Anger on Ouster of Founder of Film Program at Rutgers

Students and others are protesting the ouster of Dena Seidel as director of the Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking, New Brunswick Today reported. Seidel is credited with building up the program but then being told to take a demotion or leave. She received a negative review, but her supporters said the wrong faculty group was selected to review her. A petition is circulating calling for a new review of why Seidel was forced out.

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Cal State Fullerton upholds reprimand for professor who wouldn't assign $180 textbook

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Fullerton faculty panel finds faculty member broke rules by deviating from departmental choice, but also finds department didn’t have proper procedures in place.

Colorado Med School Returns $1M Gift From Coke

The University of Colorado School of Medicine announced Friday that it is returning a $1 million grant from the Coca-Cola Corporation. The decision follows an August article by The New York Times that reported on Coke support for research suggesting that exercise, not diet, was the key to reducing obesity. Many scientific experts said that while exercise matters, Coke was trying to distort public discussions that might discourage consumption of many of its products.

Colorado's statement denied that research there has been compromised by the Coke money. "While the network [supported by the grant] continues to advocate for good health through a balance of healthy eating habits and exercise, the funding source has distracted attention from its worthwhile goal," the statement said.

How to sound knowledgeable about a career field you've never actually worked in (essay)


Joseph Barber offers advice on how to sound knowledgeable -- and, in fact, be knowledgeable -- about a career field even without any direct experience in it.

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Elsevier's defense of its actions inspires more anger over its journal policies

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Did the publishing giant found the journal whose editors have resigned in protest?


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