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By Social Science Space | Published: February 10, 2016
Legislation that requires that future grants made by the National Science Foundation meet a test for being in the 'national interest' passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
By Daniel Nehring | Published: February 9, 2016
Intellectual labor comes to be largely external to the objectives of the bureaucratic regimes that dominate universities, argues our Daniel Nehring, and academics whose careers were built on intellectual labor turn out to be deskilled workers in organizational settings indifferent to their concerns.
By Neil Pyper | Published: February 8, 2016
While murder and torture are inherently of concern, Giulio Regeni’s case has much broader implications for higher education in the UK and beyond, argues his friend Neil Pyper.
By David Mellor | Published: February 5, 2016
Both researchers and publishers are drawn to interesting results, and at times research bends itself to achieve those results -- regardless of what hypothesis was originally under scrutiny. We must hold ourselves accountable to decisions made before seeing the data, argues David Mellor, who introduces a new prize for scholars who preregister their research.
By Social Science Space | Published: February 4, 2016
Current efforts to solve wicked problems with a quick dusting of data are unlikely to result in socially useful answers. Luckily, there are innovative people and initiatives using a variety of methods to home in on real solutions.
By American Academy of Political and Social Science | Published: February 3, 2016
The American Academy of Political and Social Science has elected five distinguished scholars and practitioners as 2016 fellows. Since founding its Fellows program in 2000, AAPSS has inducted 106 fellows, most of them university-based scholars responsible for research that has changed our understanding of human behavior and the world. The five 2016 Fellows — who […]
By Howard J. Silver | Published: February 3, 2016
This election season, spare a thought for the travails of the American national Election Study and two other data-rich surveys promoted -- and protected -- by the National Science Foundation's Social, Behavioral and Econoic directorate.
By Robert Dingwall | Published: February 1, 2016
Another disease in the tropics has the World Health Organisation in a lather, and again biomedicine's response will not be all that useful in the short term. Social science can help now to address the underlying problems that help the Zika virus to spread -- if policymakers will listen.
By Michelle L. Stack | Published: February 1, 2016
Is it possible, asks our Michelle Stack, to have an excellent university that is inequitable?
By Peter C. Doherty | Published: January 29, 2016
The author of the new book 'The Knowledge War' discusses the intricacies of peer review as practiced, and concludes with a clarion call for reviewers and editors to remember their duties, not their interests.