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January 2, 2007

Colorado's attorney general has determined that a new ethics law adopted by the state's voters is so broadly written that it would bar public university professors from accepting the prize money associated with a Nobel Prize. This is an "absurd result," said John Suthers, the attorney general, and legislators are drafting measures to limit the law's impact. The law was designed to limit gifts to public employees.

January 2, 2007

Delegate Assembly rejects the use of the term "illegal alien" -- while measure to defend Ward Churchill is cast aside.

December 29, 2006

The University of Missouri at Columbia has agreed to recognize a Christian fraternity, even though that group violates the university's ban on religious discrimination, the Associated Press reported.

December 29, 2006

Foreign language study in the United States has had many a “Sputnik moment,” as H. Jay Siskin, a French instructor at Cabrillo College, in California, put it -- that is, a moment that reveals an economic or military weakness and has been used as a call to arms to strengthen, among other things, language education.

December 29, 2006

Public institutions feel a pinch as the state of Connecticut tightens regulations governing donations by companies.

December 29, 2006

MLA proposal to change how professors are hired and promoted draws generally strong support -- and some objections on details.

December 29, 2006

Winning research support is tough for faculty members in all disciplines -- and makes or breaks careers, especially at research universities. For those in the sciences, competition from many federal agencies has grown more intense in recent years, but there are still billions given out annually and even relatively junior professors can hope to land grants of significant size.

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