Apples and Oranges in International Statistics

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New report warns of the limitations of international comparisons of educational achievement.

Momentum for Open Access

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Legislation requiring NIH-supported research to be online and free is on fast track, encouraging those who want that requirement for all federally supported research.

'Science' Will End Link to JSTOR

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Since JSTOR's founding in 1994, the popular online archive of scholarly journals hadn't had a single member publisher decide to walk away -- until this month. But last week, JSTOR lost a journal -- and not just any journal, but Science, the flagship publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an early adopter of the JSTOR approach.

Where the Federal Research Funds Flow

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Hopkins retains first spot. New data show top recipients for black colleges (Hampton), Hispanic-serving institutions (Texas Health Sciences) and tribal colleges (United Tribes).

Enrollment Surge for Women

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Thanks to improved outreach efforts, engineering and technology universities are seeing a boost in female enrollments nearly across the board.

Who's Afraid of Incestuous Gay Monkey Sex?

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Sociologists -- especially those who study sexuality -- have for years done research that was considered controversial or troublesome by politicians or deans. Many scholars are proud of following their research ideas where they lead -- whatever others may think. But at a session Monday at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, sociologists considered the possibility that some of their colleagues may feel enough heat right now that they are avoiding certain topics or are being forced to compromise on either the language or substance of their research.

'Seeding Labs'

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Seeding Labs, a five-year-old, Harvard University-based effort to collect used and surplus laboratory equipment and distribute it across the developing world, aims not only to transport microscopes but also to forge connections. “You can’t do science in a vacuum, regardless of whether you’re in the U.S. or the Congo,” says Nina Dudnik, Seeding Lab’s founder and a Ph.D. student in molecular biology at Harvard Medical School. “Having the research capacity in the Congo only strengthens us here and vice versa.”

Professional Development for Postdocs

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New federal law and agency guidelines aim to prod scientists and universities to ensure that fellows get career training.

From Summers to Sommers

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Discussion assessing the state of research on women in the sciences covers lots of ground with collegiality and just a dash of contention.

Research for Undergrads, 'Early and Often'

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Improving science education is a goal that has bred a lot of different approaches, many of them cooked up at different colleges or by officials in the federal government's funding agencies.

What if a major entity tried, instead, to influence the science education curriculum nationally?


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