Far Away Trial

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Duke grad student from Turkey faces charges in Armenia; human rights groups see censorship at play.

The Sociology of IRB's

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For decades, but especially in recent years, social scientists have been frustrated by institutional review boards, campus bodies that must approve studies involving human subjects.

The IRB's, as they are called, are best known for their work on informed consent with medical research. But the boards also must approve projects in which sociologists conduct surveys or do interviews -- even though such work doesn't pose any of the dangers of, say, a drug whose side effects could be deadly.

Fruitful Environment for Female Scientists

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University-based research centers offer prospect of more gender equity than academic departments, a study finds.

Connected on Campus

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New scrutiny for drug researchers at universities over their ties to investment firms.

Chemists and Chief Executives, Too

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At scholarly meeting, 4 presidents discuss the state of higher education and their field.

U.S. Funds for Science Rose 9% in 2003

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NIH doubling effort drove increase; Hopkins leads top 20 again, NSF finds.

Delivering on the Promise of Digital Data

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The technology has transformed research, but U.S. needs more coordinated policy, report says.

Higher Ed Commission Gets to Work

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A "fascinating" discussion ensues, but diverse viewpoints may make crafting cohesive national strategy a challenge.

New Dawn or the Perfect Storm?

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At Educause meeting, James Hilton catalogs the threats and opportunities that technology presents for higher education.

U.S. Support for Science Softens

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Federal obligations for research appear to flatten in 2005, NSF study finds.


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