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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?

Female Faculty and the Sciences

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Congressional panel considers recruitment and retention issue, while Stanford study examines impact of low female participation on undergraduate math, science and engineering majors.

'Science and the University'

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The importance of science to the American university extends well beyond research or teaching. As a new collection of essays demonstrates, science is central to the economics of the modern research university, the mission of universities (as seen by those who run them and politicians), and the make-up of the academic workforce.

Interdisciplinarity and the Science Classroom

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Academic officers discuss what it means to think about science as a liberal arts subject.

New Numbers on Underrepresented Faculty Members

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Research on women and minorities in the sciences and social sciences examines the entire population of professors at top 100 departments in 15 fields.

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