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The power of behavioral science for emerging economies: MIT explores Cuba and Trinidad & Tobago

Renée Richardson Gosline | Posted 02.10.2016 | Education
Renée Richardson Gosline

Both social scientists and policy makers have long puzzled over a basic question: Why do humans so often refuse to act in their own best interests? Th...

Utilities Exert Influence Through Universities to Sway Regulatory and Political Debate

Gabe Elsner | Posted 01.21.2016 | Green
Gabe Elsner

Through university courses, conferences, and reports facilitated by academic staff, the utility industry and its trade association, the Edison Electric Institute, have boosted lobbying efforts targeting state government officials and decision makers.

Groups Ask Columbia University To Reveal Funding Behind Exxon-Tied Center on Global Energy Policy

Steve Horn | Posted 12.20.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogFinal exams and winter break loom large for students at Columbia University, but at the upper echelons of the university's...

Jedi Master's Degree? Academics Survey the Star Wars Galaxy

Christopher King | Posted 12.17.2015 | Science
Christopher King

Short of holing up in a cave on the ice planet Hoth, it's been nearly impossible to avoid the advertising onslaught and social-media buzz surroundin...

How to Infuse Social Media into a Conference of Tech-Naive Attendees

Mona Shattell | Posted 12.04.2015 | Technology
Mona Shattell

Conferences have long been opportunities to connect, share information, develop new working relationships and uncover new ways to approach solutions to vexing problems. Before the widespread use of technology and social media, that information was limited to those in attendance. Even then, connecting with other attendees could be difficult. Anyone unable to attend the conference missed out all together!

Exposed: ExxonMobil Funding Influential Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy

Steve Horn | Posted 12.03.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

In a sentence buried at the very bottom of a story making headlines nationwide, Politico revealed for the first time one of the funders of Columbia University's influential Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP).

Here's Why Academics Should Write for the Public

The Conversation US | Posted 12.01.2015 | College
The Conversation US

Academics just need to start writing, getting edited and seeing if the public reads them. Through this process, academics will not only learn to express themselves clearly, but most likely become better scientists as well.

Woman With Brain Seeks Better

Cassie Premo Steele | Posted 11.23.2015 | Women
Cassie Premo Steele

By opening myself fully to the way the patriarchal institutions of marriage and academe saw me as a woman, wife, and mother, I embraced that identity so wholeheartedly that I knew I deserved better. Women with brains deserve better.

Moving to Freedom in Higher Education

Cassie Premo Steele | Posted 11.16.2015 | Education
Cassie Premo Steele

Many young women who attend graduate school do it for wonderful reasons: they are smart, they have had teachers who have inspired them, and they want to make a difference and contribute to their chosen field of knowledge.

Global Citizenship: Where the Burden of Legacy Ends, Where Our Future Begins

Meicen Sun | Posted 11.16.2015 | World
Meicen Sun

We don't have to say we take certain things for granted when we do - we do so by being okay with the status quo when we know change is urgently needed.

Let Me Finish!

Reinier de Graaf | Posted 11.09.2015 | Arts
Reinier de Graaf

"Can I see some hands raised? Who in the audience think of Frank Gehry's Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park as contextual?" (No hands raised.) "Who think of it as not?" (No hands raised.) "Since apparently none of you know, let me tell you!"

From Academia to Entrepreneurship: In Dialogue with Joe Hellerstein, Sean Kandel, and Jeffrey Heer

Sharad Khare | Posted 11.02.2015 | Technology
Sharad Khare

When I first met Joe Hellerstein, Sean Kandel, and Jeffrey Heer, I learned how academia could become a very great part of entrepreneurship. These gentlemen took their research, expertise and entrepreneurial spirit to engage the data industry by storm.

Why It's Hard to Talk about Oppression in Academia

Cassie Premo Steele | Posted 11.02.2015 | Women
Cassie Premo Steele

While being a woman professor is a position of privilege, it is also a position of oppression. There. I said it. I think I was afraid to say it because of the interconnected nature of the privilege and the oppression.

Faye Kellerman Tries a Little Tenderness in 'The Theory of Death'

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 10.29.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Faye Kellerman's The Theory of Death is a very serious mystery novel featuring her recurring characters Peter Decker and his wife Rina Lazarus.

What Makes Academic Crime Fiction Tick?

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.14.2015 | Education
Lev Raphael

I served my time in academia for over a decade. And a few years after I left, I decided to start a mystery series set in that environment.

Microaggressions in the Workplace: Black Lives Matter and Politically Correct Speech

Khanh Ho | Posted 10.08.2015 | Impact
Khanh Ho

Politeness often does the opposite of intended: allowing the fungus of intolerance to creep and to grow and to bloom. You see: for people of color, the way one reacts to racism is tricky. We often do not have the privilege to call people out.

Free Speech Isn't Always Free in Academia

Erin Sharaf | Posted 09.24.2015 | College
Erin Sharaf

Girl gets a job teaching at a university and is excited about the opportunity to help students. The girl is required to go to a meeting on "development." She quickly learns that this is a euphemism for their favorite topic: money.

Inside Academia: Black Professors Are Expected to 'Entertain' While Presenting

The Conversation US | Posted 09.14.2015 | College
The Conversation US

From 2013 to 2014, my colleague, Lasana Kazembe, adjunct professor at DePaul University and I interviewed 33 African-American faculty members from institutions across the country. The results were disappointing, but not particularly surprising. Their personal experiences provide a unique perspective on "presenting while black."

5 Questions to Ask When Leaving a Secure Job for a Fresh Challenge: Thanks UMass, Hello Babson!

Adam Sulkowski | Posted 09.23.2015 | Education
Adam Sulkowski

Many thanks to all those at UMass for support and inspiration during the past decade, and looking forward with much excitement to a new chapter with those of you at Babson!

The Beginning of the End of Traditional Higher Education

Jeb Harrison | Posted 07.28.2015 | College
Jeb Harrison

Why do so many continue to risk lifelong indebtedness for a diploma? Has a traditional college education become an anachronism in the digital age?

How to Run a Meeting

Gary A. Olson | Posted 07.18.2015 | Business
Gary A. Olson

We all have experienced interminable meetings: the hour-long meeting to accomplish 10 minutes' worth of work, or the meeting that seems to have no purpose. Whether on the department level or the larger institutional level, inefficiently run meetings consume inordinate amounts of our time and energy.

The Vacations Of Our Lives: A Single Parent's Definition Of Vacation

Jill Talbot | Posted 07.16.2015 | Parents
Jill Talbot

There's a beauty and a freedom that being "both parents" allows me: I get to make all the decisions. When I figured out, years ago, that I couldn't give Indie vacations, I decided to build different kinds of breaks into our days.

What They Didn't Tell You About Pakistan: Seven Common Myths Dispelled

Sabreena Razaq Hussain | Posted 07.15.2015 | World
Sabreena Razaq Hussain

Pakistan. It may be one of the most misunderstood countries around and it is certainly easy to see why when you hit the layman's ceiling of knowledge in about ten seconds.

Becoming More Interdisciplinary

Jyutika Mehta | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Jyutika Mehta

Interdisciplinary endeavors are certainly growing in academia. Such an approach not only brings together the depth of expertise of faculty from different disciplines, but also draws on the breadth of knowledge that would help advance research and the sharing of ideas in broad ways.

Foreign Lobbyist Gets Free Platform at Georgetown University, Atlantic Council

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

The specter of foreign powers and their lobbyists distorting America's democratic system may worry ordinary Americans, but it seems that few inside the Beltway share their concerns.