Sociology

Class Advantage

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Scholar links the continuing economic divides in enrollments to the "adaptation" skills of the upper classes and the availability of spaces.

'Research Confidential'

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For social scientists starting their careers, creating research models that work is crucial. A new book suggests that they may be unaware of problems they face in part because scholars don't share stories of what didn't work on their projects, and how to deal with particular challenges.

Smart Homes

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Case Western researchers explore whether high-speed networks can improve health care, public safety and graduation rates in the poverty-stricken neighborhoods surrounding its campus.

Protecting His Sources

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Professors organize on behalf of Minnesota grad student, whose academic freedom they believe is undercut by prosecutors' demands that he reveal what he knows about underground animal rights activists.

Anthropology and the Military

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At its annual meeting, scholarly association criticizes a Defense Department program that uses social science as a strategic weapon.

Vent No More

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Founder shuts down chain of popular sites where "bored" students can post comments anonymously, following racist spam attack.

Sociologists Get Religion

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In significant shift over time, issues related to faith get more play in top journals, more scholars make religious issues central to their work, and more are getting outside funds.

Is Collaboration a Form of Collaboration?

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By co-editing a book with Israeli scholars, a professor at American U. of Beirut finds himself under attack on his campus and sets off a debate over academic freedom.

When Professors Get Their Politics

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Theories abound about why academics are more liberal than are average citizens. Some blame bias, arguing that conservative scholars are denied positions. Others see self-selection at work, with academe attracting more liberal individuals, while conservatives are more likely to opt for other careers. Still others see some sort of socialization going on in graduate programs or early faculty careers, such that the young academic emerges on the left. And there are numerous other theories.

Credit for Teaching

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At many colleges and universities, the tenure trinity of teaching, research and service is widely viewed (at least by those coming up for tenure) as a myth. A new book (or articles in the right journals) will trump a great teaching idea every time, say many professors. Classroom innovation doesn't get any credit.

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