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Glenn, David – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
When people gathered last May for the commencement ceremony at the University of California at Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law, they were greeted by chanting activists from the National Lawyers Guild and other left-wing groups. The university, protesters shouted, should fire John C. Yoo, a tenured professor who has taught at the law school…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Law Schools, Lawyers, Leaves of Absence
Glenn, David – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
When students ask for a study advice, many professors would say something like this: "Read carefully. Write down unfamiliar terms and look up their meanings. Make an outline. Reread each chapter." That's not terrible advice. Some scientists would say that professors left out the most important step: "Put the book aside and hide the notes. Then…
Descriptors: Study Habits, Study Skills, Instructional Materials, Recall (Psychology)
Glenn, David – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Clement A. Price, a member of the Obama transition team's committee on the arts, spent several days in December walking the halls of the National Endowment for the Humanities, interviewing program officers and generally taking the temperature of the place. It was an interesting moment to visit: not only was a new president preparing to take…
Descriptors: Peer Evaluation, Humanities, Endowment Funds, Financial Support
Glenn, David – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
This article reports that a new study has found that young men are less likely to attend college if they carry a common form of a gene associated with poor impulse control. The study also found that a strong environment--a high-quality high school and heavily involved parents--can counteract that genetic risk. For boys with this gene who grow up…
Descriptors: Self Control, College Attendance, Adolescents, Genetics
Glenn, David – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
The University of Louisville's former dean of education, Robert D. Felner, faces a criminal trial on charges that he and an associate diverted most of a $694,000 earmarked federal grant into their own bank accounts. Louisville officials have announced an administrative overhaul that will, they say, help prevent any future misbehavior with grants.…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Grants, Accountability, Audits (Verification)
Glenn, David – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
In early 1916, the legendary Yale University archaeologist Hiram Bingham III completed his third and final expedition in southern Peru. He shipped home 74 boxes of artifacts from Machu Picchu, a spectacular site in the Andes that is believed to have been the last major settlement of the Inca empire. Those boxes were supposed to be on temporary…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Foreign Countries, Archaeology, Ownership
Glenn, David – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
At the end of 2005, Robert D. Felner was riding high. A well-paid dean at the University of Louisville, he had just secured a $694,000 earmarked grant from the U.S. Department of Education to create an elaborate research center to help Kentucky's public schools. The grant proposal, which Mr. Felner had labored over for months, made some impressive…
Descriptors: Grants, Educational Malpractice, Audits (Verification), Deception
Glenn, David – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
When Robert D. Felner applied to become dean of education at the University of Louisville in 2003, he carried a genuinely impressive vita. But two of the most recent large grants listed on that vita could not have survived close scrutiny--and it isn't clear that Louisville's search committee scrutinized them at all. First, the impressive part:…
Descriptors: Grants, Profiles, Portfolios (Background Materials), Resumes (Personal)
Glenn, David – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
This article reports on the studies of Caroline M. Hoxby, a professor of economics at Stanford University; and Sarah E. Turner, a professor of economics and education at the University of Virginia, who examine why bright students from low-income families do not apply to select colleges. After analyzing millions of records from the College Board,…
Descriptors: Low Income Groups, High Achievement, Academically Gifted, Student Placement