Month: April 2018

Post on Being Part of Resistance Wins ISA Online Award

A post on the blog Political Violence at a Glance that gives a host of tips on how academics can be very political and yet not violence was judged to be the best in the international studies blogosphere last year.  Erica Chenoweth’s “When Engaged Scholarship Means Resistance”  was named Best Blog Post in the annual Duckies awards handed out on April 6 at the International Studies Association’s annual meeting.

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Archive, Therefore I Am

What is one’s legacy after a half century as an academic? Although it’s not his only legacy, our David Canter considers the ‘archive’ of surveys, old journals, letters and other reputed ‘data’ that makes up a paper simulacrum of the real David Canter.

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Data Systems & GovTech Apps Impacts Students Positively

Current debates in higher education policy have drawn attention to the significant impacts of marketization, metrics, and performance management on the sector. Ben Williamson argues that a restructuring of the data infrastructure is shaping these HE trends.

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Academic Researchers Need Support and Incentives to Share Data

Making data available for other researchers to find, use, reuse, ultimately makes research more efficient and effective. Yet despite policies that encourage and require data sharing, researchers in the UK and US report lower percentages of data sharing than average. Grace Baynes suggests researchers be given incentives, expert support, and training to make it easy to share data.

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Parent University

Should Universities Be Parents?

Increasingly, says Robert Dingwall, UK universities are taking a more paternal role in the lives of their students, taking — or perhaps resuming — more active roles in addressing their charges’ mental health, criminal conduct and self-care.

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Speakezee Platform Matches Experts With the Curious Public

Speakezee, a labor of love by experimental psychologist Bruce Hood, connects willing experts and curious audiences. Now in it’s third year, the platform has a roster of more than 2,000 scientists in 32 countries ready discuss their research with schoolchildren, big companies, support groups, service clubs and anyone else now comfortable enough to ask for a presentation.

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Science Posters

March for Science II Set for This Saturday

“We do not merely react to the problems of today, we look forward, aspiring toward an inclusive, integrated vision for the future of science and science policy.” Dont miss out on the March for Science. At least 230 satellite marches around the world this year, with the main March for Science taking place in Washington, D.C. This Saturday, April 14th.

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The Gender Pay Gap Persists at Canadian Universities

There is still a gender pay gap at nearly all Canadian universities, with especially big gaps at Canada’s 15 research-intensive universities, Megan Frederickson shows. It’s not accounted for by greater talent or solely the ghost of sexism past.

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Washington and Social Science: Science Chair Still Questions Value

Congress cleared the final fiscal year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act, and the president signed the measure into law, narrowly averting another government shutdown. The House and Senate approved separate several financial services bills related to the Dodd-Frank Act. The House also approved several regulatory relief bills, and the “Right to Try” Act. The Senate also approved and cleared for the president’s signature the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act.”

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Democracy Threatened When Census Undercounts Populations

The 2020 U.S. Census is still two years away, but experts and civil rights groups are already disputing the results. Professor Emily Merchant’s research on the international history of demography demonstrates that the question of how to equitably count the population is not new, nor is it unique to the United States.

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