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By Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus | Published: February 7, 2017
With science on the defensive for the time being, and the the fear of retribution palpable, the long-standing question of whether scientists should ever become advocates has come into sharper focus.
By Richard Whittle | Published: February 3, 2017
The value in economics lies not in some magical ability to divine the future. Tell that to the policymakers who expect their fortunes told.
By Jason Lane | Published: January 31, 2017
What might Donald Trump’s ban on immigration from seven countries mean for the U.S. role in international education? And will it undermine the use of international higher education as a soft power tool for the United States? A scholar of international education gives his view.
By Michael J.I. Brown | Published: January 24, 2017
University librarian Jeffrey Beall used to write a blog that identified by name what he saw as predatory publishers of academic journals. Since he suddenly shut down the site earlier this month, will --or even should -- someone else pick up the baton?
By Nathan Emmerich | Published: January 10, 2017
Several recent high-profile incidents suggest that the confidentiality promises routinely made by social scientists have little in the way of legal support.
By Darren Curnoe | Published: January 5, 2017
There is a clear consensus among anthropologists that races aren’t real, that they don’t reflect biological reality, and that most anthropologists don’t believe there is a place for race categories in science.
By Andrew Maynard and Dietram A. Scheufele | Published: December 14, 2016
A new report from the National Academies on current science communication finds it's going to need strategic and serious investment in the 'science' of science communication and demand much greater engagement and collaboration between those who study science communication and those who actually do it.
By Brian Herman and Claudia Neuhauser | Published: November 22, 2016
Two research executives from the University of Minnesota see there isn't enough government funding to pay for all the innovative research that needs to be taking place. Might business take up the slack?
By Tricia Serio | Published: November 21, 2016
Peer review clearly isn’t perfect, but rather than simply bypassing it and releasing even more information into an overloaded system, we should focus on making it better, says this life sciences editor. The first step is to reset and clearly state our standards for quality in both publishing and peer reviewing.
By Hongyi Li and Anton Kolotilin | Published: October 11, 2016
As technology improves and organizations become more complex, the theory and practice of contract design will only increase in importance. As such, we owe, we owe a great debt to this year's Nobel laureates in economics for giving us powerful tools to structure effective contracts.
By Will J. Grant and Rod Lamberts | Published: August 26, 2016
Perhaps the solution to conflicting spending priorities, write Rod Lamberts and Will J. Grant, is simply to acknowledge that people will always have conflicting priorities, and think about how best to live alongside each other: mythical, homogeneous pub-goer and irrelevant, out-of-touch academic alike.
By Rob Brooks | Published: August 22, 2016
Shonkily researched assertions are okay if you enjoy the safe patronage of a major news organisation, argues Rob Brooks. But know, he adds, you would never get away with such abject laziness, or such contempt for professional disinterest in a grant proposal to a federal funding body.