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Category Archives: research

Congress Has Progressed from Bringing Nothing to a Vote to Taking Meaningless Votes

This item was distributed by The Hill several days ago, on January 21: NOT A LOAD OF A BALONEY: Senators voted 98-1 that “climate change is real and not a hoax.” I repeat … Continue reading

January 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

Baby, It’s Very Cold Outside! And Pseudo-Science Has a Ready Explanation

In response to the current spell of frigid weather, the new services have pulled out the usual graphics intended to make us shiver even when we are snug inside our … Continue reading

January 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Koch Brothers and the University of Louisville: Or, Why You Cannot Sell Your Soul, or Your Principles, Incrementally

On December 9, James McNair, writing for Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, has explored the many implications of a pending gift from the Koch Brothers and Poppa John’s CEO John Schnatter … Continue reading

December 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

Constraining Exploration: The Downside of Evaluation

A new post on Retraction Watch, “Peer review isn’t good at ‘dealing with exceptional or unconventional submissions,’ says study,” quotes the authors of the study of the title: Because most … Continue reading

December 23, 2014 · 2 Comments

Peer Review: Problems to Watch

Let’s face it: The traditional peer-review process was not meant for a digital age. It needs to be altered (not abandoned) so that it once again has a consistently useful … Continue reading

December 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

“But I Am Their Professor”

This is a guest post by Rebecca Jordan, a contributor to the recent November-December issue of Academe. Jordan is an associate professor of environmental education and citizen science, and director … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · 2 Comments

One Way Ranking with Research Expenditures Slows Scientific Progress

This is a guest post by Joshua M. Pearce, an online contributor to the recent November-December issue of Academe. Pearce is an associate professor in the Department of Materials Science … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

The “Slow” Decline of the Elite Scholarly Journal

The elite scholarly journals, long the gatekeepers of the ivory tower, have been losing their effectiveness this last decade or so–in their gatekeeping role, at least. As these journals increasingly … Continue reading

October 18, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Fate of the Bearer of Bad News…

The influence of outside money on education has always been strong–and fighting it is one of the reasons the AAUP came into existence. Rarely, though, do we educators have real … Continue reading

September 5, 2014 · 3 Comments

A Correction, a Clarification, or a Cat Chasing Its Tail?

On August 16, the Lafayette Journal-Gazette ran this small item [http://www.jconline.com/story/news/college/2014/08/16/ipfw-faculty-unhappy-daniels-comments/14181695/]: “Some Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne faculty members are unhappy with comments Purdue University President Mitch Daniels made about … Continue reading

August 29, 2014 · 1 Comment
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