Science / Engineering / Mathematics

New study suggests science dissertations increasingly are series of articles, not book-length studies

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New study suggests that science dissertations increasingly are research article based, not book-length studies, reflecting the professionalization of the Ph.D.

Lawsuit alleges gender discrimination in requiring same-sex physics lab partners

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Student sues U of Cincinnati after being told she can't have male partner in physics lab. Emails suggest multiple university officials defended the policy, but university now says it was not mandatory.

Michigan State drops college algebra requirement

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Students at Michigan State University will no longer have to take college-level algebra, thanks to a revision of the general-education math requirement.

Debate over whether all undergraduates should take mathematics course

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Wayne State University drops what has been part of its general-education program for all students, raising the question of which fields are needed by all undergraduates.

Washington State extension professor says she's being forced out over unrealistic research standards

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Tenured Washington State U extension professor says she's being forced out for not bringing in grants that were never established as one of her responsibilities.

NSF warns universities on harassment policies

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Agency warns that it may terminate funding to institutions that don't follow the law.

Popular lecturer at Berkeley will lose job despite strong record of promoting student success

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Why is Berkeley getting rid of a popular mathematics instructor who seems to be achieving more student success than others without dreaded homework or quizzes?

Scientists debate conduct of prominent Berkeley astronomer found to have sexually harassed women

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Is Berkeley doing enough about a prominent scientist it found to have sexually harassed women for years? Did other scientists look the other way?

Videos of Planned Parenthood officials create new political debates over fetal tissue research

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Controversy over Planned Parenthood leads to new scrutiny of faculty members' research with fetal tissue -- including one professor-turned-presidential candidate who is anti-abortion.

Australian university abandons research center over ties to climate change critic

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Australian university's decision to forgo federal funding for policy center over opposition to a researcher's views on climate change prompts concern about state of academic freedom and exchange of ideas.

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