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University of California, Striking Workers Unions Reach Tentative Deal
The agreement, which is not yet ratified, would increase academic workers’ salaries, but some call for an ongoing strike as the raises are less than desired.
University of California, Striking Workers Unions Reach Tentative Deal
University of California, Striking Workers Unions Reach Tentative Deal

The agreement, which is not yet ratified, would increase academic workers’ salaries, but some call for an ongoing strike as the raises are less than desired.

The agreement, which is not yet ratified, would increase academic workers’ salaries, but some call for an ongoing strike as the raises are less than desired.

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Sather Gate on the University of California, Berkeley campus
Up to 48,000 University of California Academic Workers Go on Strike
Catherine Offord | Nov 14, 2022 | 3 min read
Union-represented workers are walking out for an indefinite period of time after negotiations over their compensation and other issues stalled.
An iPhone screen with the app icons for Twitter and Mastodon side by side. Other apps are arranged in rows around them.
What’s the Future of Science Twitter?
Katherine Irving | Nov 11, 2022 | 2 min read
In the wake of Elon Musk’s takeover, many researchers are exploring their options with the open-source platform Mastodon.
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Opinion: In Publishing, Don’t Make the Perfect the Enemy of the Good
Hilal A. Lashuel | Nov 10, 2022 | 5 min read
All members of the scientific community must commit to taking the risks needed to change how research is shared and evaluated.
a middle-aged male scientist wearing a white lab coat points at a computer screen while a younger woman scientist also wearing a lab coat looks on.
Younger Scientists Are More Innovative, Study Finds
Katherine Irving | Oct 28, 2022 | 5 min read
On average, researchers’ impact dropped by one-half to two-thirds over their careers.
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Opinion: Science Needs Better Fraud Detection—And More Whistleblowers
Aman Majmudar, Undark | Oct 26, 2022 | 5 min read
An influential paper on amyloid protein and Alzheimer’s disease potentially fabricated data. Why did it take 16 years to flag?
illustration of a laptop with small people filling out an assessment
Q&A: Why eLife Is Doing Away with Rejections
Jef Akst | Oct 21, 2022 | 4 min read
The journal’s executive director speaks with The Scientist about what it hopes to accomplish with its unusual new publishing model.
A building behind trees
Ford Foundation Sunsets Diversity Fellowships
Andy Carstens | Sep 27, 2022 | 6 min read
For more than 50 years, the program has served as a pipeline to get more scholars of color into academic institutions.
A person stands on top of a large pile of books, staring down upon another person far away on the ground.
“Extreme Inequality” Entrenched in Academic Hiring: Study
Katherine Irving | Sep 23, 2022 | 2 min read
The United States gets roughly an eighth of its tenure-track professors from just five institutions, according to an analysis of nearly 300,000 faculty.
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Major, Groundbreaking Increase in Hype in Grant Applications
Christie Wilcox, PhD | Aug 30, 2022 | 3 min read
Projects funded by the National Institutes of Health increasingly employ subjective and promotional language in describing research, a study finds.
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AAAS Shutters Its Center for Public Engagement
Andy Carstens | Aug 26, 2022 | 4 min read
The center oversaw programs such as the Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship, many of which will continue.
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In Deep Water With Gül Dölen
Peter Hess, Spectrum | Aug 4, 2022 | 10 min read
A researcher’s existential crisis led to a scientific breakthrough.
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Many Japanese Scientists’ Jobs at Risk from Labor Law Loophole
Dan Robitzski | Jul 19, 2022 | 2 min read
Universities and institutes are preparing to terminate thousands of technically temporary researchers by next spring instead of granting them the permanent employment mandated by a 2013 labor law.
Temporary fencing placed in front of the US Supreme Court building, which is in the background
Scientists Predict “Brain Drain” From States That Ban Abortion
Dan Robitzski | Jun 30, 2022 | 5 min read
Following the overturning of Roe v. Wade, numerous researchers have announced plans to either vacate or decline career opportunities in states where abortion is or will soon be illegal.
A line of people wearing monkey masks and holding signs stand along a street
Opinion: Time to Take Animal Rights Harassment More Seriously
Jim Newman | Jun 17, 2022 | 5 min read
Two recent court rulings shine a light on the disturbing tactics used by some activists to target biomedical researchers who study animals.
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New Initiative Incentivizes Open Research
Andy Carstens | Jun 3, 2022 | 6 min read
A large coalition of colleges and universities aims to change hiring, promotion, and tenure practices to reward collaboration.
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Professors at Bombed Kharkiv University Struggle to Continue Their Work
Stefan Weichert | Jun 2, 2022 | 5 min read
With the Russian army nearby, faculty at V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University in Ukraine are trying to return to normal.
A building at the Stanford University campus at sunrise
Stanford to Launch New Climate Change School This Fall
Amanda Heidt | May 5, 2022 | 4 min read
The launch of the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability—the first new school at the university in 70 years—comes thanks to a $1.1 billion gift from a venture capitalist and his wife.
People holding signs
NYU Defends Against Backlash Over Potential Hire
Amanda Heidt | Apr 29, 2022 | 8 min read
Hundreds of the school’s faculty, students, and trainees are protesting its consideration of David Sabatini, who left his previous posts after alleged sexual misconduct.
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China-US Climate Collaboration Ended Due to Security Concerns
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Apr 12, 2022 | 3 min read
Texas A&M cited potential foreign interference when explaining why it shut down a jointly run modeling laboratory.
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