Research

UT-Austin scrutinizes ethics of controversial same-sex parenting study

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UT-Austin launches administrative inquiry into integrity of controversial study about children of same-sex couples.

Senate bill hopes to speed up technology licensing process

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Commercialization offices are fighting a Kauffman proposal that would let researchers take potential commercial ideas to any technology transfer partner, not just their home institution.

Author provides inside look at IRBs

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Author gets inside look at IRBs, and offers perspectives on how they operate, and how researchers can improve their chances of a smooth review.

Researchers discover challenges of debating scholarly work on the Web

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Blog-borne debate about a study on the relationship between social media and scholarly communications reaches new levels of meta.

Australian government backs away from vow to audit 'ridiculous' research grants

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After campaign vow to crack down on "over the top" research studies and redirect funds to other areas, Australia's government shows no signs of intervening in grant-making decisions.

Bill would revamp oversight of federal education research

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Congressional panel approves legislation -- criticized by some research groups -- that would change how federal education studies are overseen.

How rumors spread via sloppy citation practices

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New article points out that through lazy or fraudulent citations, scholars spread rumors -- at times creating "academic urban legends." The story of spinach and an allegedly misplaced decimal point shows how.

Scientists note NSF push for data on mentoring in grant proposals

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Some professors applying for NSF grants notice their proposals are increasingly evaluated in part on data-driven evidence of the way they work with students. Not everybody likes the trend.

Researchers seek ethical guidelines for higher ed studies, but privacy concerns remain unsettled

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A convention seeks to establish ethical guidelines for research on online learners, even as the larger debate about privacy in higher education rages on.

Temple U. professors accused of not sufficiently reporting funding source of their research on private prisons

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Two Temple U. professors are under fire for allegedly not disclosing in a working paper and in newspaper op-eds that their private prison-friendly research findings were funded in part by the private prison industry.

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