Doug Lederman

Doug Lederman, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Scott Jaschik, he leads the site's editorial operations, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Doug speaks widely about higher education, including on C-Span and National Public Radio and at meetings around the country, and his work has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today, among other publications. Doug was managing editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education from 1999 to 2003. Before that, Doug had worked at The Chronicle since 1986 in a variety of roles, first as an athletics reporter and editor. He has won three National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association, including one in 2009 for a series of Inside Higher Ed articles he co-wrote on college rankings. He began his career as a news clerk at The New York Times. He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and graduated in 1984 from Princeton University. Doug lives with his family in Bethesda, Md.

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July 23, 2009
Duke University on Wednesday announced it would shut down one session of its Talent Identification Program -- a summer enrichment program for youths -- after 25 of the 260 participants were diagnosed with the flu, presumed to be the H1N1 virus. None of the students are hospitalized or in serious danger, but Duke officials said they acted to avoid spreading the virus to other students in the program.
July 23, 2009
Secondhand smoke exposure is high among college students, a study in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research has found. The study analyzed 4,223 undergraduates at 10 colleges and universities in North Carolina, and found that 83 percent reported exposure to secondhand smoke at least once in the past week. The research was conducted by scientists at Wake Forest University.
July 23, 2009
At least six people were shot Wednesday night at an event at Texas Southern University honoring a Houston rapper, The Houston Chronicle reported. At least one of those shot attended the university, and none of the injuries are life-threatening, a university spokeswoman said. The event was outside and had been billed as a block party.
July 23, 2009
The digital era provides researchers with greatly enhanced ability to analyze and share data, but a new report warns that technology also makes it easier for data to be distorted. The report, from the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine, recommends that research institutions ensure that every investigator receives appropriate training on managing data responsibly.
July 23, 2009
Ward Churchill is hoping that the jury that heard his suit against the University of Colorado can persuade the judge to change his mind. The jury found for Churchill, but lacked the authority under state law to give him back his job as a tenured professor of ethnic studies at the Boulder campus. The judge then threw out the jury's finding, giving Churchill nothing.
July 22, 2009
Emerson College, in Massachusetts, has agreed to pay $780,000 back to students and to reform some aid practices to resolve an investigation by New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo. About 4,000 students will receive refunds, including about 400 who are New Yorkers. (Massachusetts officials also participated in the probe.) Cuomo said that the college urged students to borrow money from lenders who did not necessarily offer the best deals.
July 22, 2009
The University of California at Los Angeles has removed Jeffrey Wang, a prominent researcher and surgeon, from the director's position of the UCLA Comprehensive Spine Center after determining that he failed repeatedly to report payments, stock options and royalties he was receiving from five companies whose products he was studying, The Wall Street Journal reported. Both the state and the university's medical school required the reports.
July 22, 2009
The Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii beat out a site in Chile on Tuesday to become the future home of the world's largest telescope, the Associated Press reported. The $1.2 billion telescope, with a range of 13 billion light years, is being set up by a consortium of the University of California, the California Institute of Technology and the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy.
July 22, 2009
A group of former college football and men's basketball players have sued the National Collegiate Athletic Association in federal court, charging the association with violating antitrust laws by profiting off the use of the players' likenesses in video games and other memorabilia, USA Today reported.
July 22, 2009
Franklin University and Franklin College have agreed on a court-approved settlement to their dispute, with the college appearing to have won some of the concessions it was looking for. The college is a liberal arts institution in Indiana and the university is based in Ohio and focuses on adult students. The college went to court after the university opened a branch in Indianapolis and started promoting it in ways the college said confused the two institutions in the public eye.

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