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Two scholars engage in debate on Twitter and elsewhere over 'King Lear'

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Scholar vents "bitterly sarcastic" 500-tweet attack on another scholar's book on King Lear.

How to autoreply to email most effectively over the summer (essay)

Jennifer Lundquist and Joya Misra offer advice for those who choose to set an automated email reply message when unavailable at work over the summer.

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Mistakes that newly tenured professors can make (essay)

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Kerry Ann Rockquemore outlines the three biggest mistakes newly tenured professors commonly make.

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Researcher clashes with publisher over book chapter on open education resources

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Psychology instructor withdraws book chapter after refusing to add language that he asserts a publisher demanded but he deemed too flattering to the textbook industry.

How best to answer job ads (essay)

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To land the position you really want, it's important to spend some time analyzing the job postings first, argues Julia McAnallen.

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The price LGBTQ academics pay for safety and well-being (essay)

LGBTQ folks pay a price for prioritizing their safety and well-being in academe -- often taking less stable or lower-paying positions to be in hospitable cities, writes Bonnie J. Morris.

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Professor Will Stop Asking Students to Drink Fake Urine

An assistant professor of physiology at Brigham Young University has been told to stop asking students to drink what they think is urine during a class demonstration, the Associated Press reported. The professor, Jason Hansen, told the AP that he has on multiple occasions asked students to drink a secret mixture of water, vinegar and food coloring during a lesson on hydration. "This is usually a fun way to teach this concept to the class," he said. But a student reportedly complained to a local TV news station, saying she didn’t know the mixture was fake and that the lesson went too far.

Dixon Woodbury, Hansen’s department chair, said in a statement that Hansen has been told to skip the demo next time he teaches the lesson, but that no disciplinary action will be taken. "The apparent requirement of drinking someone else's urine is inappropriate, but it was neither required nor actually urine, so was considered a learning opportunity," Woodbury said.

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Only tiny minority of Roma enter higher education in Europe

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Roma lag other groups in attaining higher education.

Cornell writes agreement with would-be graduate union ahead of NLRB ruling

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Graduate students reach an agreement with Cornell that could carve a path for them to form a union, rare among private institutions, and avoid the long court battles that have been expected.

Northwestern to Nearly Double Computer Science Faculty

Northwestern University plans to hire 20 new faculty members as part of a $150 million response to growing interest in computer science, the institution said on Wednesday. Ten of the new hires will be based in "core computer science areas" -- the departmental website lists artificial intelligence and machine learning, graphics, human-computer interaction and robotics, among others -- while the other 10 will be interdisciplinary hires that combine computer science with other disciplines.

Today, the computer science division of the department of electrical engineering and computer science has 27 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, according to a university spokesperson. The university noted in its announcement that the number of students who major in computer science has more than tripled in the last five years.

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