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Category Archives: research

Social Media for Improving and Promoting Academic Papers?

I don’t know how long I’ve been loading papers to Four or five years, I would guess. Possibly more, but not much. The website went public in 2008, but I … Continue reading

September 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Academic Freedom for All Academics

Academic freedom is something we talk about a lot these days, what with Salaita and Dreger and Wisconsin and all. Less often talked about is the academic freedom of the … Continue reading

September 15, 2015 · 13 Comments

Evidence That We Have Not Completely Lost Our Sense of Irony

In the “Undernews” newsletter distributed daily by the Progressive Review, David Sims of the Cass Business School in London distributed the following abstract from an unidentified academic paper: “Our patience … Continue reading

September 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

The PubPeer Foundation

PubPeer, which “seeks to create an online community that uses the publication of scientific results as an opening for fruitful discussion among scientists,” has established The PubPeer Foundation “to help … Continue reading

August 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

On the Run: Sociology, Journalism or What?

When I first heard of Alice Goffman’s On the Run a year or so ago, it didn’t pass my personal ‘smell test’ so I ignored it. After all, my early … Continue reading

August 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

Peer Review: Make It Transparent

In 2012, I presented a paper at the Modern Language Association annual meeting that caused a small splash, especially for one line, “Blind peer review is dead. It just doesn’t … Continue reading

August 7, 2015 · 2 Comments

Hiroshima at 70 and Salaita at One

The most recent issue of Academe displays on its cover a Bob Dylan lyric: “I’ll Tell It and Think It and Speak It and Breathe It.” An image appears at the upper left-hand corner of … Continue reading

August 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

The American Way of Punishment

This week the Chronicle of Higher Education has published a series of articles from the Chronicle Review under the above heading that explore the issue of mass incarceration in America … Continue reading

August 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Will This Actually Help Make the Case for Study Abroad—Never Mind for Scientific Inquiry or for Higher Education?

Researchers at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, are reportedly studying student brain scans in order to determine how study abroad impacts brain function. According to an article in the Chronicle … Continue reading

June 5, 2015 · 3 Comments

A Student Review of the Florida State University Gift Acceptance Policy: Undue Influence and Charles Koch Foundation

  Executive Summary   This report has been prepared to serve as public comment regarding the 2015 revision of Florida State University’s Gift Acceptance and Counting Policy, otherwise known as … Continue reading

June 4, 2015 · 2 Comments



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