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Tarrant County College suspends astronomy instructor who talked about the Koran in class in the dark

Tarrant County College suspends astronomy instructor after he talked about the Koran in class in the dark, his face covered by a scarf.

Professor Charged With Attempted Murder

A Harper College psychology professor is facing charges of attempted murder and assault on a peace officer after firing shots at a rest stop off Interstate 80 near Atalissa, Iowa, on Jan. 11, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune.

Charles Johnston is also accused of firing five more rounds at drivers at a Cedar County BP gas station after leaving the rest stop, driving west and taking another exit on I-80, the Tribune reported. Johnston then engaged in a shootout with police officers before being arrested.

No one was injured during the shootings.

Johnston, who has worked at Harper College since 1996, was recently absent from the college without securing an approved leave. Johnston has been barred from the university following his arrest. The college's website indicated that Johnston taught three courses at Harper during the fall 2017 semester, but he is not listed on the 2018 spring schedule, according to the Tribune.

Johnston was in the custody of the Cedar County Sheriff's department as of Friday's Tribune report, as his $1 million cash bond remained outstanding.

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Katharyn L. Stober describes some helpful resources on your campus that you may be overlooking.

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How race shapes the narrative about motherhood in academe (opinion)

Trenita B. Childers explores how race shapes the narrative about motherhood in the academy.

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Lever Press gets ready to publish first digital scholarship books

Despite slow start, open-access digital scholarship publisher expects to publish first works this year.

Leaks in the Biomedical Research Faculty Pipeline

A new study by Vanderbilt University researchers published in PLOS ONE finds two points of significant loss for underrepresented minorities in the basic biomedical research faculty pipeline: during undergraduate studies and in transition from postdoctoral fellowships to tenure-track faculty positions at medical schools.

The paper, based on data from the National Science Foundation’s Survey of Earned Doctorates and Survey of Doctoral Recipients, among other sources, attributes the first leak to relatively high rates of attrition among underrepresented minorities during their undergraduate training. Reasons for the second leak are less clear, according to the study, but could include climate concerns among underrepresented minorities considering faculty careers. Still, the paper suggests that institutions committed to increasing diversity at the faculty level will “need to focus their attention on the contributing factors to stages where major losses occur.”

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House Committee Requests GAO Report on Sexual Harassment by Federally Funded Researchers

Leaders of the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee from both parties on Thursday asked the Government Accountability Office to report on sexual harassment by federally funded researchers -- including how many harassment cases are pending before federal agencies and how many have been investigated and resolved since 2013. The request notes that grant-awarding agencies may opt to terminate funding to an institution that fails to comply with federal laws against harassment in education. It also asks whether current systems and protections to address harassment are effective and accessible.

In addition to numbers of cases, Representative Lamar Smith of Texas, the committee’s Republican chairman, and Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, a Democrat and the ranking committee member, told the office they wanted information on federal grant-making agencies’ harassment policies and procedures on harassment and compliance programs for Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits gender discrimination in education.

The lawmakers requested a focus on the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, NASA and the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy, given their high levels of research funding. The request is part of the committee’s ongoing investigation into allegations of sexual harassment in science, which was prompted in part by a high-profile harassment case involving a longtime Boston University geologist.

“Sexual harassment has a significant negative impact on the ability of female students and early career researchers to engage in research at the same level as their male peers,” reads Smith and Johnson’s letter to the GAO. “Equitable access to education and research experiences cannot be ensured for women in the sciences until gender discrimination, implicit bias, and sexual harassment are no longer potential barriers to their success.”

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Researcher proposes marriage in acknowledgments section of journal article

The acknowledgments of a journal article can be worth reading.

How digital learning shapes physical spaces on campuses

Institutions are pouring money into modern spaces designed to promote active learning and technology engagement. Balancing costs and benefits remains a challenge.

Career steps to take in the new year (opinion)

Melissa Dennihy offers some suggestions for how to get the most out of the coming months.

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