Research

'Unprecedented' 2-Year Decline for U.S. Science Funds

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The numbers will not surprise anyone who has closely tracked federal budget discussions about science and technology in recent years. But that won't make the data released Friday by the National Science Foundation any more palatable for those concerned about the American research enterprise.

Palin on Higher Ed, Earmarks and Science

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McCain's VP pick has generally been supportive of Alaska's universities -- though her record is thin. Her entry into the race also could renew debate on the "politicization" of science.

The RNC: Politics vs. the Scholarly View

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As Margaret Spellings hinted at what to expect from a President McCain, scholars fanned out to record the views of two important players in the Republican political drama: delegates and protesters.

California Passes Law Protecting Animal Researchers

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Signed by Schwarzenegger, the law is already in effect, adding new misdemeanors designed to protect academic freedom of intimidated scientists.

Stem Cell Politics Shift to Michigan

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State's voters will decide whether to ease laws to allow universities to conduct more of the promising but controversial research on embryos.

Encouraging Interdisciplinarity

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Consortium of research universities considers steps to support cross-departmental research by making changes at faculty and administrative levels.

Making Higher Ed Research Matter

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Association of scholars who study academe contemplate ways to make their work more relevant to those who shape policy.

Defining and Debating 'Double Dipping'

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JACKSONVILLE, FLA. -- From virtually every angle, professors are under pressure to be more productive. Pressure to publish, to earn and keep tenure. Pressure to present at conferences, to prove to their employers their visibility and viability in their disciplines.

Anthropologists Consider Notions of 'Community' in Education

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SAN FRANCISCO – If there’s one thing that unites an education “community,” it just might be the use of the word “community” – and, not surprisingly, “the notion of community is drawn upon frequently in educational research,” said Doris S. Warriner, of Arizona State University.

“However,” Warriner continued, “the concept of community is often used to convey common experiences” -- where significant diversity of experience in fact exists.

Blinding Them With Science

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New study finds American students know fewer facts about science than do their Chinese counterparts, but neither group is particularly strong at scientific reasoning.

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