So What Did You Learn in London?

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International educators stress the need for more research on which characteristics of study abroad programs promote student learning.

New Front for Antiwar Movement

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A $105 million defense contract at Stanford has galvanized some faculty members. Will students follow?

Whose Blood Is It, Anyway?

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In victory for research universities, appeals court finds that research subjects do not have right to transfer their donations elsewhere.

Universities Get Relief on Bond Rules

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New IRS guidelines ease limits on federally sponsored research that institutions can conduct in facilities built with tax-exempt bonds.

The Science Lab Is Flat

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Study documents increasing share of papers by American researchers with foreign partners.

American Science Plateau

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The number of published articles from the U.S. has stopped growing, according to studies from the National Science Foundation.

'Institutionalizing' Interdisciplinary Research

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As interest in interdisciplinary research continues to increase, colleges still don’t have answers to critical questions about the best ways to support and encourage collaboration across the disciplines. How can a department fairly evaluate interdisciplinary research in promotion and tenure decisions, for example? How can an institution raise money for interdisciplinary endeavors within a system designed to fund raise for individual schools and colleges?

Peer Review in Peril?

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New study cites "decline of peer review" as primary factor for decreased representation of top economics departments in major journals.

Small Group Learning for 14,000 Undergrads

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Clemson program tries to involve students in the research process and link them with the same professor for several semesters.

In Second Life, There's No Fallout

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Robert C. Amme, a research professor of physics at the University of Denver, thinks there aren't nearly enough scientists with expertise in managing nuclear waste. So to train the next generation of environmental assessment specialists, he's taking them to a place where there's no radiation, nuclear fallout or even laws of gravity.

Armed with a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Amme and his colleagues are preparing to build a nuclear reactor -- in the virtual, online world of Second Life.


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