29 mars 2015

No Expectation of Privacy

HomeBy Carl Straumsheim. The Obama administration briefly considered but ultimately decided against expanding a new student privacy bill beyond K-12 education, according to sources with knowledge of the drafting process. The resulting draft is a “missed opportunity” for the White House to address privacy in higher education, legal scholars say. Read more...

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Who Gets to Be a .Doctor?

HomeBy Carl Straumsheim. Should a doctor of philosophy be considered a .doctor?
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, has yet to make web addresses ending in .doctor available, but the debate about who should be able to register for them has already begun. ICANN recently decided that .doctor should only be available to licensed medical practitioners, meaning the millions of Ph.D. holders in the U.S. whose degrees are not in medicine won’t be eligible. Read more...

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Blogs, Essays or Both?

HomeBy Carl Straumsheim. Asking students to blog for an audience of their classmates instead of writing an essay for a professor can bring out different qualities in their writing, according to a study published in next month’s volume of Teaching Sociology. But don’t expect instructors to do away with essays just yet. Read more...

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Guilt by Association

HomeBy Colleen Flaherty. Most medical researchers have a mantra about relationships with industry, financial and otherwise: disclose, disclose, disclose. It’s a position with which most professors (and journal editors) in other fields -- even those without life-and-death implications -- agree. Read more...

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Academic Freedom or Secrecy?

HomeBy Colleen Flaherty. The University of Delaware is refusing to fulfill a congressman's request that it release information about who is funding a prominent climate change skeptic’s research. The university is the first of seven institutions facing similar requests to publicly deny them, citing concerns about academic freedom. Read more...

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Discourse of 'Don't'

HomeBy Colleen Flaherty. Books, articles and talks about adjuncts typically include a long list of what these instructors lack: decent wages, upward mobility, office space, assurances of academic freedom and inclusion in departmental activities, among other material and social goods. Read more...

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Massive migration from the steppe was a source for Indo-European languages in Europe

http://www.nature.com/view/images/npg_logo_full.pngWe generated genome-wide data from 69 Europeans who lived between 8,000–3,000 years ago by enriching ancient DNA libraries for a target set of almost 400,000 polymorphisms. Enrichment of these positions decreases the sequencing required for genome-wide ancient DNA analysis by a median of around 250-fold, allowing us to study an order of magnitude more individuals than previous studies and to obtain new insights about the past. We show that the populations of Western and Far Eastern Europe followed opposite trajectories between 8,000–5,000 years ago. More...

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Scottish universities under fire over zero hours contracts

Herald ScotlandBy Andrew Denholm. UNIVERSITIES which use zero-hours contracts to employ staff have been urged to outlaw the controversial practice. 
Union leaders have written to institutions north of the Border calling on them to improve terms of conditions of employees. More...

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Private universities are cropping up to meet the increasing Afghan hunger for university education

Worldbulletin NewsAfghan authorities announced on Tuesday that more than 130,000 students, a third of them female, had passed exams to enter university in the upcoming academic year, bringing into focus Afghanistan's challenge to rebuild its education system.
The once heavily centralized public education system is now witnessing a new development; that of private colleges and universities with various specializations that have sprung up in major urban centers, including the capital Kabul, Jalalabad, Mazar-i-Sharif and Kandahar. More...

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Ministers agree to monitor pay and awards for vice-chancellors in Wales

It follows a report by the University and College Union (UCU), which found that all but one of Wales’ eight vice-chancellors was last year paid more than £200,000.
Figures showed that Cardiff University’s Professor Colin Riordan was the best-paid university leader in Wales in 2013-14, picking up a total of £271,000 for presiding over the nation’s top-ranked institution. More...

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