Research

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.

'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.”

New Plan to Limit Tobacco-Funded Research

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Compromise proposal emerges at U. of California, with regents' vote scheduled this week -- but critics still see potential infringements on academic freedom.

Real-Dollar Decline for Academic R

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For first time in nearly 25 years, federal support for university research in 2006 fell, when adjusted for inflation.

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?

Update on FBI-College Relations

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Security Higher Education Advisory Board shines (a little) light on its efforts.

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.

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.

'Sentenced to Science'

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