Academic Minute: Threatened Biodiversity

In today's Academic Minute, Felicia Keesing, a biologist at Bard College, profiles biodiversity in the savannas of Africa. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

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Academic Minute: Being Outdoors

In today's Academic Minute, Kirsten Beyer, a epidemiologist at the Medical College of Wisconsin, discusses the positive health impact of green space. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

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New NEH director welcomes digital humanities grant recipients to the agency's new home

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Grants for digital humanities projects serve as established tradition as the new chairman for the National Endowment for the Humanities welcomes grant recipients to the agency's new home in Washington.

West Florida Faculty, Trustees at Odds Over President

Faculty members at the University of West Florida criticized their president, Judy Bense, Monday before the university's Board of Trustees; the move followed a Faculty Senate vote of no confidence in the president last week. Faculty members want Bense to step down in June, when her contract expires, the Pensacola News-Journal reported, with some saying that her standards for student admissions are too low and that she puts promoting the university's sports programs ahead of academics.

In response to faculty concerns, the board voted overwhelmingly to pass a resolution in support of the president. They've praised her leadership, saying she helped the university earn its spot on Forbes's "America's Top Colleges" list, among other national rankings. The News-Journal said that Bense had acknowledged that some students who enrolled in the university on her watch should not have been able to, and she pledged to move the university up from last in the state's rating system. That position resulted in a $4 million withholding of state funds this year.

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Geography professors compile database of dissertations to analyze changes over time

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Geography scholars examine every dissertation going back to 1888 to see how the field has changed.

U. of Oregon search criticized by faculty

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As the newly independent University of Oregon searches for a new president, faculty and staff unions say it's being too secretive.


NSF data find very low unemployment rates for science, engineering and health Ph.D.s

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Unemployment was up in 2010, but is down in 2013.

Interview with professor fired by West Bank university who compares himself to Steven Salaita

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Professor fired by Israeli university in West Bank explains why he feels allied with the controversial scholar denied a job by the University of Illinois.

CUNY Ph.D. Students Postpone Vote on Israel Boycott

The Doctoral Students' Council of the City University of New York Graduate Center on Friday postponed a vote on a resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli universities and for CUNY to cut ties to Israeli businesses and other entities. The proposal was controversial both because of its substance and because the meeting on which the measure was to be discussed and voted on was on a Friday evening, when observant Jews would be unable to attend because of the Sabbath. The council said that the vote would be rescheduled for a time when observant Jews would be able to attend.


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Essay on the art of peer reviewing and why it matters in academic careers


Nate Kreuter writes about the practices that can make it hard to get good feedback on submissions, and the way journals and their editors can promote quality, timely communication with scholars.

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