Science / Engineering / Mathematics

Study finds role of star scientist may be growing while role of top department is shrinking

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Study suggests that, in science, influence of top departments (while strong) may be shrinking while role of top researchers may be increasing.

Lecturer's email about not calling off classes provokes discussion

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Email from Berkeley lecturer to his students draws praise for his comments on the value of education -- and some criticism for his refusal to honor a picket line.

Outrage among women in science over how colleague was treated and censored

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Many professors are outraged over an e-mail sent to an academic blogger and over the way Scientific American removed her post describing what happened.

With departments under threat for few majors, physicists say value isn't reflected in numbers

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U. of Southern Maine is latest institution to consider closing its physics department. Are there disciplines whose lack of popularity with the masses shouldn't doom them?

Ball State University astronomy pick raises questions in light of on ongoing Creationism debate there

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Some say astronomy professor Guillermo Gonzalez's anti-evolution views are far outside the mainstream and question his hire by Ball State. Others say deserves a shot. Either way, he'll be under scrutiny.

Florida Polytechnic U. to offer multi-year contracts, not tenure, to faculty

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Florida's newest state university announces it will be the first without the traditional form of job security for academics.

California weighs its own open access plan

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As the Obama administration continues to hash out its open access policy for federal research, California weighs its own for state-funded research and development.

More universities use drones for research, but privacy concerns remain

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As tension over drones is rising, so too is their use among academics. The unmanned vehicles' potential for research is huge, but privacy concerns remain.

Research at AAAS meeting notes difficult job market in academic science

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In many science disciplines, landing a good academic job is no longer the norm, according to research presented at AAAS meeting. Is it time to rethink postdoc positions?

Study offers new evidence that scientists are biased against women

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New study offers evidence that scientists -- men and women alike -- assume female students are less competent and less worthy of pay and mentoring than male students.

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