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Former Chancellor Brings Emotional Resonance to ‘S-Town’

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 7, 2017 - 12:31pm
The hit podcast highlights a long-running friendship between Thomas F. Moore, who led the University of South Carolina Upstate, and an eccentric polymath who was once his student.
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Black Professors at Kentucky State Vote No Confidence in Faculty Senate's President

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 7, 2017 - 11:33am
But the Faculty Caucus of Color expressed the "highest confidence" in the chairwoman of the university's Board of Regents.
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Cheerleaders at Coastal Carolina U. Were in 'Escort Service,' Police Say

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 7, 2017 - 9:54am
An investigator's report may offer some explanation as to why the university suspended its cheerleading team.
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Harvard Students Build ‘Resistance School’ to Harness Anti-Trump Sentiment

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 7, 2017 - 2:55am
The project’s purpose isn’t just to oppose President Trump, one organizer says. It’s about defending progressive values for years to come.
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How Threats to Indirect Research Payments Could Make Universities Less Willing to Gamble on Science

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 7, 2017 - 2:55am
For decades the government has repaid institutions for the incidental costs of research it considers necessary. The Trump administration has cast doubt on the deal.
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Pressure Mounts on Penn State Trustee to Resign

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 7, 2017 - 2:55am
The board’s chairman, Ira Lubert, declined days ago to condemn comments by Albert Lord, who said he was "running out of sympathy" for Jerry Sandusky’s sexual-abuse victims. Now the chairman is calling for Mr. Lord’s resignation.
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Breach of Financial-Aid Tool May Have Compromised Data on 100,000 Taxpayers

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 6, 2017 - 12:13pm
The Internal Revenue Service's data-retrieval tool, which helps students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, was shut down last month without warning or explanation.
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Attack on Central European U. 'Sets a Dangerous Precedent for Academic Life' Everywhere, Its President Says

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 6, 2017 - 11:44am
Hungary’s bid to shut down the institution is part of a larger battle that pits the cosmopolitan values of liberal democracy against an ascendant wave of nationalist authoritarianism in Europe and elsewhere.
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Secretary DeVos Joins Ivanka Trump, Astronaut in Women’s History Month Celebration at Smithsonian Air & Space Museum

U.S. Department of Education Blog - April 6, 2017 - 8:30am

The Oscar-nominated movie Hidden Figures chronicles the inspiring story of three brilliant African American women mathematicians who, despite the barriers put in their way, played a pivotal role in one of our nation’s greatest achievements. These “human computers” performed by hand the complex mathematical calculations required to put a man into orbit around the Earth.

To commemorate Women’s History Month, the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum (NASM) hosted U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Ivanka Trump, Astronaut Kay Hire, women from NASA and more than 400 local students at an event celebrating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) that culminated in a viewing of the film.

The students, from a number of D.C., Maryland and Virginia schools, were treated to exhibits celebrating space exploration, motivational presentations and, of course, the movie.

NASM “Explainer” Rae Stewart tells her story.

Astronaut Hire greeted the students at the Living and Working in Space exhibit, describing the day-to-day life of living and working in low earth orbit. The schoolchildren also visited exhibits on Black Holes and Moon Rocks, where NASM “explainers” discussed museum artifacts.

In the auditorium, the adults were inspired by the students’ knowledge and enthusiasm for learning and eager to share their own inspirational stories.

NASM Aerospace Educator Dr. Barb Gruber told the students, “I want to instill in you that learning never stops.” NASM John and Adrienne Mars Director John R. Dailey challenged the students to imagine what great milestones they could achieve.

Explainer Rae Stewart noted that even those artifacts in the museum that appeared small and unremarkable “may have helped change history.”

The physics and astrophysics major also advised them, “Don’t listen to those voices who tell you you can’t…You can do it and we believe in you.”

Trump hailed the accomplishments of trailblazing women in STEM, such as the heroes in the movie, and looked to the assembled students to forge even greater paths in the future. “I can only imagine where we’re going to be in another 50 years,” she declared.

Secretary DeVos addresses the students with Astronaut Kay Hire to her right.

Secretary DeVos described her awe and pride at witnessing the first moon landing – another landmark event in the Apollo program on which the women in the movie worked as well as in our nation’s, and the world’s, history. She encouraged the schoolchildren: “It doesn’t matter whether you’re a boy or a girl, whether you’re black or white, you can be great at whatever you do, so long as you believe in yourself, you work hard, and you stay true to your convictions.”

“We’ve been sending people into space the same way for more than 50 years,” Astronaut Hire declared, adding these students would be the ones NASA would be looking to for “some new ideas.” She described the International Space Station, which she helped build, as “a glorious monument to what we can do when we work together in these STEM fields.” The Secretary praised Hire as “someone who personifies trailblazing women.”

The students were also treated to a panel of women working in STEM for NASA. Sandra A. Cauffman, Andrea I. Razzaghi and Aprille Ericsson described their experiences and the hard work and persistence that allowed them to overcome their own sets of obstacles.

The heroes in Hidden Figures “opened so many doors,” as Stewart put it. For today’s students, with a STEM education and hard work, the sky’s the limit!

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How a Browser Extension Could Shake Up Academic Publishing

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 6, 2017 - 2:55am
Creators of a free tool that locates open-access versions of research articles are hoping to make scholarly publishers rethink their business models.
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How One Campus’s ‘Faculty Resistance’ Is Speaking Out Against Trump

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 6, 2017 - 2:55am
At the University of Southern California, faculty members are trying to change what it means to be a professor in the Trump era.
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Meet the Scholars Building a Network Around Black Girlhood

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 6, 2017 - 2:55am
A chance encounter of three researchers has blossomed into a loose collective that seeks to examine one specialized topic against a global backdrop.
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Penn State Trustee Who Made Comment on Sandusky Victims Won't Seek Re-election

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 5, 2017 - 3:13pm
Albert L. Lord's decision comes on the heels of his apology for a comment he emailed to The Chronicle in which he said was "running out of sympathy" for victims in the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
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Cornell U. Finds No Research Misconduct in Controversial Food Scientist's Work

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 5, 2017 - 10:24am
Brian Wansink, a well-known researcher, drew scrutiny when his work was shown to include statistical discrepancies, questionable research practices, and recycled data.
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Here's What Academics Are Saying About Neil Gorsuch's Alleged Plagiarism

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 5, 2017 - 10:05am
Several scholars have said examples from a book by the Supreme Court nominee constitute plagiarism, while others say it is not that serious, or stops short of the usual definition.
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Faculty Leaders at Howard U. Surprise Colleagues With No-Confidence Vote

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 5, 2017 - 7:46am
The Faculty Council, a leadership body of the Faculty Senate, voted to express its concerns about the "unfulfilled promises" of the university's president and provost.
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