Scholarly associations

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WASHINGTON -- Shakespeare famously affirmed that his words would live “[s]o long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,” but he never promised that they’d keep his acolytes employed. At the Shakespeare Association of America’s 37th Annual Conference last week, attendees related the familiar stories of budget cuts and fruitless job searches that now seem to emanate from every corner of academe (and elsewhere).

New NSF Social Science Agenda

Agency calls for a broad rethinking of priorities over the next decade -- both in areas to be studied and major infrastructure projects to support.

Social Sciences and Human Decency

NEW ORLEANS -- A researcher doing fieldwork in the southwestern U.S. happened upon something close to the anthropological Holy Grail: a small group of Native Americans who had never been exhaustively studied.

Anthropology Without Doctorates

Study of master's degree in the discipline finds that many who never earn Ph.D. find professional fulfillment.

Scholars and Scandal

When allegations of research misconduct -- both true and “truthy” -- can spread more quickly than ever, should academe respond slowly and deliberately?

The 'Inside Job' Effect

Many American economists have been stung by their failure to anticipate the financial meltdown of 2008, dogged by persistent suggestions of conflicts of interest -- that they were working for financial industries that they said were healthier than turned out to be true. In a notable break from the past, the pre-eminent professional society for the discipline is moving ahead with plans to examine ethical practices in the field.

Examining the AAU Gatekeepers

In wake of Nebraska's ouster and Syracuse's decision to leave research university group, some institutions look over their shoulders, and other experts question membership criteria.

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