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NSF requires that institutions report findings of harassment and suspensions in its funded labs and field sites

NSF starts requiring that institutions report findings of harassment and suspensions in its funded labs and field sites, and reminds institutions that it can pull funding where necessary.

Book dissects research fraud from an organizational level

Using a database of 750 cases of research fraud from around the world, professors examine fraud as a phenomenon, tracing its history and trajectory and looking at what can be done about it.

Study finds male Ph.D. candidates submit and publish papers at significantly higher rates than female peers on the same campus

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Study finds male Ph.D. candidates submit and publish papers at much higher rates than women, even at the same institution. One factor is that women teach more during their Ph.D. programs and men serve more often as research assistants.

Science organizations troubled by Rand Paul bill targeting peer review

Rand Paul wants to add two people to every federal peer-review panel evaluating research proposals, charged with looking for value to taxpayers. Science advocates say idea would politicize federal funding of research.

Study challenges common belief that most science and engineering Ph.D.s leave academe because of the poor job market

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As science and engineering Ph.D. students progress through their programs, many lose interest in academic careers, report finds. Study's authors say findings suggest changes are needed in Ph.D. training.

UC Irvine under scrutiny for taking $200 million for school of health from couple some say back junk science

Medical researchers say UC Irvine is advancing junk science by taking funds from wealthy donors who favor nontraditional therapies.

Editorial in 'Nature' sets off debate over building names and statues that honor racist scientists

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As debate over statues and building names moves from Confederate generals to researchers, editorial in Nature receives intense backlash.

Google memo reflects familiar bias for women in STEM

Leaked Google memo, described as an “anti-diversity screed,” reminds many women in STEM fields of the challenges that remain not just in industry, but in academe.

Frustrated with Washington, scientists and academics jump into electoral politics

Professors and others with science backgrounds are running for Congress, trying to reverse Trump and Republican leaders’ policies.

Study: student ratings of instructors dependent on discipline; in quantitative fields are most "hazardous" to professors' careers

New study suggests student evaluations are dependent on discipline and they tend to be especially “hazardous” to professors in quantitative fields.

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