Academic Minute: Night, Light, and the Brain

In today’s Academic Minute, Samer Hattar of Johns Hopkins University explains the negative effects of exposure to bright light during the night. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.


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A look back at another successful final exam boycott

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25 years ago, students in a Hamilton College professor's introductory sociology course all agreed to boycott his final for an A, without the communication technology we have today.

USC-based initiative releases new tools for adjuncts and their advocates

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New information from the Delphi Project is designed to help adjuncts make their case for reform.

Coppin State Misses Deadline for Paying Adjuncts

Coppin State University told its adjuncts on Monday that their February paychecks -- which were scheduled for Wednesday -- would not be arriving on time, The Baltimore Sun reported. The university, which has been struggling financially, released a statement saying that the delay was due to an "administrative processing delay." The university has not said when its adjuncts will be paid.

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Study says academic productivity, not race, determines NIH research funding

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Study challenges earlier research that found black applicants less likely than comparable white applicants to receive NIH grants.

College seeks to fire professor for pressuring students to back Obama

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Community college moves to fire math professor after finding that she pressured students to back Obama re-election.

The Postdoc Option in Sociology

A new report from the American Sociological Association considers whether the discipline should embrace postdoctoral fellowships. Currently, postdocs are not common in sociology, although a few, small postdoc programs are successful. The question for the field, the report suggests, is whether expanding postdoc options could be done while preserving the high quality of the experience of those in the relatively few programs that exist now.


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No Mizzou Job for Administrator with Ties to Abu Ghraib

Amid controversy about one of two finalists’ involvement in military prison systems, the University of Missouri at Columbia has halted its search for a new division executive director in its College of Education.

Dan Clay, college dean, sent out an email last week saying he "decided to not fill the position at this time" after receiving a recommendation from a faculty search committee and "input from other stakeholders,” The Columbia Daily Tribune reported.

The announcement followed a protest and additional community backlash related to retired Col. Larry James’ consideration for the post, after his name surfaced as a strong candidate earlier this month. Opponents cited the former Army psychologist’s work at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as disqualifying for an academic position. James, dean of the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University, wrote about his experiences reforming both prisons’ treatment of detainees as their director of behavioral health in a memoir called Fixing Hell: An Army Psychologist Confronts Abu Ghraib. He maintains that numerous independent investigations have revealed no wrongdoing on his part.

A spokeswoman for Mizzou’s College of Education, told the Tribune it was "really a decision about both candidates," which also included Matthew Burns, a faculty member of the University of Minnesota Department of Educational Psychology. "Neither of the individuals was the right person at this time.”

James did not respond to a request for comment.


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Professor's syllabus bars students from using Fox News for assignment

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Is it ever legitimate for an instructor to bar use of a "biased" news source for a class assignment?

Becoming an administrator is like the toughest class you ever took (essay)


Why become an academic leader? Elizabeth Simmons contends that it enables you to extend your love of learning into a new arena.

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