Senatorial Peer Review

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Lawmakers tell NSF what it should and shouldn't fund -- and question some grants (without bothering to talk to the researchers involved).

If CIA Calls, Should Anthropology Answer?

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Scholarly association starts process to consider ethical rules associated with working with national security agencies.

NCAA Sidelines a Scholarly Conference

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Association postpones planned meeting on college sports research, citing inadequate quality of the papers, not their critical nature.

Teaching America About Race

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American Anthropological Association kicks off public program to educate citizens about humans' differences and similarities.

A Forced Anthropology Merger

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9 years after much-discussed split of Stanford department in two, separate programs are ordered to combine.

Name-Calling and a Canceled Lecture

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Prominent scientist blames Alan Dershowitz for getting his appearance at Harvard called off.

Publishing and Values

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Anthropology association's decision to leave a university press for a commercial entity infuriates many scholars -- and raises questions about the future of scholarly societies and open access.

Yale and Peru Reach Pact on Artifacts

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Deal will transfer ownership of Machu Picchu objects, but preserve research ties. Scholars see new model for resolving disputes.

Are IRB's Needed for War Zones?

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A common complaint among social scientists in recent years is that institutional review boards -- which are supposed to protect the interests of human subjects in research -- are too involved in work they don't understand. Good social science is getting held up, the social scientists say.

Barnard Tenures Scholar Opposed by Massive Campaign

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Nadia Abu El-Haj was attacked by supporters of Israel over her book on archaeology in Israel, but wins promotion.


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