15 mars 2015

Reluctant Crusader

By Tom Bartlett. Why Alice Dreger’s writing on sex and science makes liberals so angry.
Alice Dreger is feverish. On a wet, chilly Wednesday evening, in a high-ceilinged, beige ballroom at the Marriott in downtown Philadelphia, she is taking to task — eviscerating, really — the American Anthropological Association for its ham-fisted handling of allegations made in Darkness at El Dorado: How Scientists and Journalists Devastated the Amazon, a much-heralded but ultimately discredited book by Patrick Tierney, a journalist whose tales tended toward the fanciful. More...

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In Promoting Campus Diversity, Don't Dismiss Religion

By Eboo Patel. A few weeks back, I was on a campus visit to the University of California at Los Angeles, where I first heard the story of Rachel Beyda. A pre-law sophomore, she applied for a seat on UCLA’s student Judicial Board and found her various identities an area of focus in the interview process. More...

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Can Robert Putnam Save the American Dream?

By Marc Parry. The event is billed as a lecture on a new book of social science. But the speaker visiting Cambridge’s Lesley University this Monday night sounds like a political candidate on the hustings. Robert D. Putnam ­— Harvard political scientist, trumpeter of community revival, consultant to the last four presidents ­— is on campus to sound an alarm. "What I want to talk to you about," he tells some 40 students and academics, is "the most important domestic challenge facing our country today. I want to talk about a growing gap between rich kids and poor kids." More...

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What Obama’s ‘Student Aid Bill of Rights’ Will — and Won’t — Do

By Kelly Field. President Obama’s latest effort to improve student lending has a catchy-sounding name — the Student Aid Bill of Rights — and it’s garnering praise from consumer advocates and Congressional Democrats.
But does it actually alter the student-lending landscape? Yes and no. More...

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Obama to Expand Protections for Student-Loan Borrowers

By Kelly Field. In a speech he’s scheduled to give on Tuesday at the Georgia Institute of Technology, President Obama will announce a Student Aid Bill of Rights and sign a presidential memorandum directing federal agencies to take steps to help borrowers repay their debt. More...

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Graduate-Student Union Organizers Hail NYU Deal as a Breakthrough

By . A new tentative labor agreement between New York University and its graduate employees’ union is being hailed by the organizers of such workers at other private universities as both a landmark victory for their labor movement and, in at least one case, a potential template for their own future demands. More...

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‘Eye-watering’ salary rises for university chiefs cannot be justified, says report

The Guardian homeBy . A pay increase for university vice-chancellors of nearly 60% in the last two decades cannot be justified by their performance in the job, research suggests. University heads have seen their salaries soar during recent years to an average of £260,000, with some receiving packages worth more than £400,000 a year. Read more...

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University fees: research rather than teaching could soak up extra funds

The Guardian homeBy . Australian universities’ use of student funding for projects that boost their global rankings raises questions over how they would spend deregulation windfall. Read more...

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Students afraid to disclose disabilities to potential employers

The Guardian homeBy . More than three quarters of students and graduates with a disability feel they will be discriminated against by employers, a survey shows. Read more...

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Let’s get this straight: bipolar is not a useful tool for productivity

The Guardian homeBy anonymous academic. My PhD was spent in a blur of bipolar mania, which left me bald from stress, overweight and completely exhausted. Read more...

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