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Ford Foundation Sunsets Diversity Fellowships
For more than 50 years, the program has served as a pipeline to get more scholars of color into academic institutions.
Ford Foundation Sunsets Diversity Fellowships
Ford Foundation Sunsets Diversity Fellowships

For more than 50 years, the program has served as a pipeline to get more scholars of color into academic institutions.

For more than 50 years, the program has served as a pipeline to get more scholars of color into academic institutions.

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“Extreme Inequality” Entrenched in Academic Hiring: Study
Katherine Irving | Sep 23, 2022
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 | Aug 30, 2022
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
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
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
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.
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Scientists Predict “Brain Drain” From States That Ban Abortion
Dan Robitzski | Jun 30, 2022
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.
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Opinion: Time to Take Animal Rights Harassment More Seriously
Jim Newman | Jun 17, 2022
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
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
With the Russian army nearby, faculty at V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University in Ukraine are trying to return to normal.
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Stanford to Launch New Climate Change School This Fall
Amanda Heidt | May 5, 2022
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.
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NYU Defends Against Backlash Over Potential Hire
Amanda Heidt | Apr 29, 2022
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 | Apr 12, 2022
Texas A&M cited potential foreign interference when explaining why it shut down a jointly run modeling laboratory.
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UNC Research Chief Admits to Plagiarism, Resigns
Natalia Mesa | Mar 11, 2022
Geneticist Terry Magnuson steps down as vice-chancellor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after he copied text from multiple sources he found online into a grant application. 
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Students Protest Amidst Harvard Sexual Harassment Scandal
Catherine Offord | Feb 15, 2022
Hundreds of people turned up to show solidarity with three grad students suing the university over a professor’s alleged misconduct, while faculty who had previously spoken in the professor’s favor walk back their support.
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Eric Lander Allegedly Bullied, Disrespected Staff
Amanda Heidt | Feb 7, 2022
More than a dozen current and former members of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy have shared details of alleged mistreatment, prompting President Biden’s top scientist to issue a formal apology.
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Analysis: Asian Researchers Scarce Among Biomedical Award Winners
Dan Robitzski | Feb 4, 2022
Multiple prestigious US biomedical research awards have rarely or never been granted to a scientist with Asian ancestry, illustrating racial bias within American research societies and institutions, a researcher argues.
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Pandemic Amplifies Postdoc Struggles
Bianca Nogrady | Dec 28, 2021
Postdoctoral fellows faced challenges before COVID-19 changed the way academia functions, and these early career scientists report that things have only gotten harder.
Great Minds Don't Think Alike
Book Excerpt from Great Minds Don't Think Alike
Marcelo Gleiser | Dec 1, 2021
In the introduction, editor Marcelo Gleiser establishes the need for dialogue across the science-humanities divide in academia.
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Opinion: Using Data to Hire High-Impact Faculty
Georges Belfort | Dec 1, 2021
Selecting researchers who will drive research agendas forward requires a more quantitative approach to interviewing.