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Survey finds 'chilling effect' of China Initiative

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About half of Chinese scientists at U.S. universities report concerns about being surveilled by the U.S. government. Survey finds evidence that fears about a China-focused Department of Justice initiative to combat trade-secret theft may be harming American science.

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First they got tenure, then they got $100K

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First they got tenure at Colby College. Then they each got $100,000, no strings attached. Could the Haynesville Project be the new donation paradigm?

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Facebook disabled NYU researchers' accounts over alleged terms violation

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Facebook claims the researchers’ data collection methods violate its terms of service. The recent action highlights the increasingly fraught relationship between colleges and universities and the big tech companies they research.

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E-cigarette maker Juul pays $51,000 to fund special issue -- on Juul

E-cigarette maker Juul funds a special issue of an academic journal about use of its product. Editor in chief says normal review processes were followed.

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NIH says 75 grantees have been removed due to harassment complaints

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National Academy of Sciences and National Institutes of Health announce efforts they’ve taken against harassers, including seeing them removed from grants and booted out.

 
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New study says more abstract, jargony articles get cited less

New study says scholarly articles that are hard to read don't actually make the author sound smarter, and they get cited less. Authors hope their findings will encourage graduate programs to teach students how to write clearly.

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Federal report shines light on historically underrepresented groups in science

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New data highlight minorities and women in science, along with one particularly understudied group: scientists with disabilities.

 
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An anthropological mystery involving Penn and Princeton is a scandal, too

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Weeks after the University of Pennsylvania announced repatriation plans for a controversial collection of skulls, a separate set of human remains is bringing scrutiny. Princeton University is implicated.

 
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Where and how gender and caregiving intersect for professors during COVID-19

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It's not just about gender or caregiving, it's both: new analyses suggest colleges need COVID-19 faculty relief policies that target female caregivers in particular.

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Retracting a bad take on female mentorship

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Authors withdraw controversial article concluding that working with a female mentor might hurt young scientists' careers.

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