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Basken, Paul – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
The National Science Foundation (NSF), in carrying out the Obama administration's new push for greater public access to research published in scientific journals, will consider exclusivity periods shorter than the 12-month standard in the White House directive, as well as trade-offs involving data-sharing and considerations of publishers'…
Descriptors: Public Agencies, Public Policy, Scientific Research, Periodicals
Basken, Paul – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
A two-year Congressionally mandated assessment of financial threats to the nation's research universities ended on Thursday with the offer of a grand bargain: Cut costs and form more partnerships with communities and industry, and expect increased revenues and fewer regulations. A report on the study, coordinated by the National Research Council…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Industry, Costs, Graduation Rate
Basken, Paul – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
On the surface, a gathering held for young research faculty last week at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory was a clear expression of determination by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to help them compete for grants. The agency fears that continued Congressional budget cuts, combined with the growing number of scientists who work later into…
Descriptors: Genetics, Grants, Expertise, Economic Progress
Basken, Paul – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Scientific journals have been retracting unreliable articles at rapidly escalating rates in the past few years, raising concern about whether research faces a burgeoning ethical crisis. Various causes have been suspected, with the common theme being that journals are seeing more cases of plagiarism and fudging of data as researchers and editors…
Descriptors: Expertise, Scientific Research, Plagiarism, Integrity
Basken, Paul – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
If cash-strapped universities want an easy way to save money, Lawrence B. Martin, a professor of anthropology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, has an idea. By tallying faculty output in areas such as publication rates in scientific journals, Mr. Martin has concluded that there could be as much as $1-billion to $2-billion in…
Descriptors: Productivity, College Faculty, Faculty Evaluation, Teaching Load
Basken, Paul – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
For some colleges and professors, classified research promises prestige and money. Powerhouses like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Johns Hopkins University have for decades run large classified laboratories. But most other universities either do not allow such research or conduct it quietly, and in small doses. The…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Research, Access to Information, Barriers
Basken, Paul – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
When President Obama dreams out loud, as he did in a speech last week, of a future when solar panels are as "cheap as paint" and buildings produce their own energy, researchers like the physicist Yang Yang are dreaming right along with him. Mr. Yang's laboratory is among hundreds at colleges around the country that stand to benefit from a new…
Descriptors: Fuels, Universities, Physical Sciences, Energy
Basken, Paul – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
As the General Motors Corporation shuts assembly plants and veers toward bankruptcy, the lonely remnants of one of its top technological achievements--the first modern mass-produced electric car--lie scattered across a few dozen American college campuses. GM produced and leased to customers more than 1,000 "EV1" automobiles beginning in 1996. In…
Descriptors: Chemical Engineering, Auto Mechanics, Power Technology, Manufacturing Industry
Basken, Paul – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
For many Americans, the confluence of a recession and a growing realization that the nation needs to end its reliance on fossil fuels seems like a double dose of bad news. But for the nation's research universities, it may be an opportunity. A Brookings Institution, a policy-study group with ties to the Democratic leaders now controlling the White…
Descriptors: Energy, Research and Development, Research Universities, Federal Aid
Basken, Paul – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Upset because the University of California at Davis did not support her charges of misconduct among scientists, Melinda M. Zaragoza left her career in microbiology to run a general store in Kentucky. Although no wrongdoing was found on the Davis campus, Ms. Zaragoza's whistle-blowing now is being joined by a powerful chorus. Officials of the…
Descriptors: Cheating, Integrity, Scientists, Ethics
Basken, Paul – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
After a month of celebrating the largest boost in federal spending on scientific research that most of them have ever seen, university presidents are increasingly tuned to the possibility of a downside. The new money--primarily from a $21.5-billion jump in research-and-development spending in the economic-stimulus law--is certainly welcome,…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Federal Aid, Job Development, Employment Opportunities
Basken, Paul – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
After spending $133-million to build a new award-winning technological gem of a power plant, officials at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst are expecting their fuel bills to rise by $7-million a year. And yet they are very proud of the accomplishment. The reasons for the higher energy costs involve a complicated mix of technology,…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Planning, Fuels, Energy Management, Energy
Basken, Paul – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
More U.S. college students are enrolling in power- and energy-engineering courses, but the increase is not enough to meet the need, says a new report by the IEEE, the professional association of electrical engineers. About 45% of engineers at electric utilities are expected to retire or leave their jobs within five years, creating as many as…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, College Programs, Energy Education, Environmental Education
Basken, Paul – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Engineering has long been recognized as a key to the U.S. economy. Yet for more than 20 years, colleges of engineering have been warned that they are failing to keep their curricula and teaching methods relevant, threatening the profession and, by extension, the nation's economic prosperity. After a close-up look at 40 American engineering…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Educational Change, Reports, College Faculty