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Academic Research

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 | Books
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?