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Academic Research

Why Academic Research is So Unpredictable and What We Can Do to Fix It

Quora | Posted 02.09.2017 | Science

What is the reproducibility crisis, and what can the academic community to do solve it? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share kno...

Angles and Loops: A Gaze at Emily Dickinson's Poetry

Andrew K. Smith | Posted 01.31.2017 | Education
Andrew K. Smith

Angles & Loops: A Gaze at Emily Dickinson's Poetry "Bring Me the Sunset in a Cup." --Emily Dickinson Dickinson uses imagery in her poetry to draw...

The View from My Ivory Cubicle

Layli Miron | Posted 06.03.2016 | Religion
Layli Miron

Rey's ambiguous head bobbling mirrors my ambivalence toward questions I have about my life in academia. I should explain that Rey is a bobblehead of ...

What Berkeley's budget cuts tell us about America's public universities

The Conversation US | Posted 03.01.2017 | Education
The Conversation US

Brendan Cantwell, Michigan State University The University of California at Berkeley recently announced a financial restructuring due to mounting str...

The Death Of Giulio Regeni And The Tragic State Of Academic Research In Egypt

Khaled Fahmy | Posted 02.09.2017 | Home
Khaled Fahmy

This tragic incident has important ramifications on Egyptian-Italian relations, but it is also an indication of the state of academic research in Egypt.

Academic Research Funding Has Some Serious Flaws

Marion Leary | Posted 01.29.2017 | Science
Marion Leary

I perform cardiac arrest research and so I understand the heart fairly well. What I don't understand well, from a common sense stand point, is the granting process. There are many issues with the grant submission and funding award process that give me pause.

Natalie Jackson

No, Fox News Probably Doesn't Change Election Outcomes | Natalie Jackson | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics

A recent Washington Post article indicated that if the Fox News Channel had not existed, then-Vice President Al Gore would have gotten 1.3 percent mor...

Mean Girls Versus Sluts: Some of Us Are At It Again

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 02.19.2015 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Study after study confirms that women backstab, undermine and put down one another -- at work, in the PTA, out for drinks -- basically taking every chance they can to act out the movie Mean Girls long past high school.

I Am a Disposable Academic

Michelle Kelly-Irving | Posted 12.30.2013 | Education
Michelle Kelly-Irving

The reality is this: in the academic ecosystem, Ph.D. students are the plankton. They are the stuff on which the rest of the system relies for sustenance. Ph.D. students carry out the research that the senior permanent staff oversee but no longer have time to do.

Anatomy of an American University

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 11.03.2013 | Home
Glenn C. Altschuler

In Francis Cornford's satire, Microcosmographia Academica (1908), the dons in Great Britain dismiss a proposal to change traditional practices at their college because "Nothing should ever be tried for the first time."

Science, Cures and All the Stuff In Between

Margaret Anderson | Posted 08.27.2013 | Science
Margaret Anderson

The outlook for science has never been brighter -- we know more today than ever before about the molecular basis for thousands of diseases that impact millions of patients -- but the outlook for funding has also never been bleaker.

The EdTech Revolution for Researchers

Corinne Bendersky | Posted 06.24.2013 | College
Corinne Bendersky

The technology revolution for research faculty is stretching budgets, improving accuracy and accelerating the rate of research by stripping away many cumbersome logistics.

Government Goes After Prediction Markets and Research

David Rothschild | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics
David Rothschild

Intrade goes to great lengths to transparently define the contracts in their markets for hosts of potential pitfalls: candidate deaths, calling outcomes, etc. The investors in this market are fully aware of what they are trading and the risks associate with that.

The Role of Academic Research in Student Learning

Dr. John Story | Posted 01.28.2013 | College
Dr. John Story

Perhaps the most important contribution of professors doing research is that it creates (or at least enforces) lifelong learners, learning that involves making mistakes while pursuing the joy of discovery.

A Sea Change in Academic Research: "Applied" Is No Longer a Dirty Word

Adam Marsh | Posted 06.03.2012 | College
Adam Marsh

There has to be a more efficient mechanism for basic research discoveries in academia to find focused commercial applications.

It Takes a Village to Write a Scholarly Research Article

Bhagwan Chowdhry | Posted 10.25.2011 | Education
Bhagwan Chowdhry

While we can debate the inefficiencies involved in academic publication and try to make changes to it, the process encourages collaborative and original research and is what has made U.S. universities truly great.

Are Men Funnier Than Women?

The Chronicle of Higher Education | Posted 08.23.2011 | Comedy
The Chronicle of Higher Education

So men are funnier, right? Perhaps. But measuring humor is notoriously difficult. Not everyone finds the same things funny, for starters.

Books in Limbo

James Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Shapiro

What effect will the proposed Google Book Settlement (or its derailment) have on students and scholarship?