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Academic and scientific news: Feb. 5-12

Posted By David L. Evans, Friday, February 05, 2016
Updated: 8 hours ago
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Mid winter academia: Jan. 28-Feb. 4

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, January 28, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Mid winter academia: Jan. 28-Feb. 4

Thanks to 'net detectives Scott Smidt, Ann Raddant, and Pat Bowne plus advice from Betsy Ott

Teaching resources

Check out the Foldscope: Inexpensive, portable

http://www.foldscope.com/

Free website

Problem-based clearing house

http://www.udel.edu/inst/ 

U. Delaware site

Have you tried Office mix with PowerPoint?

https://mix.office.com/en-us/Home

Free website

Grading issues

Do digital devices in classrooms help students' grades?

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/01/26/study-use-devices-class-nonclass-purposes-rise

Nope: short, free item, links from Inside hi. ed.

What to do about those under-prepared students?

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/jan/28/english-university-students-further-education-oecd-report

Complete, free report, links from The Guardian

Opportunities

Woodrow Wilson STEM fellowships: deadline extended

http://woodrow.org/fellowships/ww-teaching-fellowships/

Now Feb. 24, 2016.

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January academia: Jan. 21-28

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, January 21, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, January 26, 2016

January academia: Jan. 21-28

Thanks to 'net detective Carolyn Wright

Teaching

Does tech reduce costs for schools and colleges? Nope

http://chronicle.com/article/Does-Technology-Ever-Reduce/235046?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en&elq=385eb86461c54ce1aa62b44e3b25cf7f&elqCampaignId=2294&elqaid=7633&elqat=1&elqTrackId=fe2b4aede0714ba69ab6c8144b6ed4c8

Full, free essay. links from Chron. hi. ed.

What does it take to pass the GED? Less than before.

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2016/01/26/new-passing-score-ged?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=0f02e8085b-DNU20160126&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-0f02e8085b-199141673

Short, free item, graphic, links from Inside hi. ed.

How cautious should you be in your class talks?

http://chronicle.com/article/Watch-What-You-Say/234983?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en&elq=5849305a7ae44ec2805135d718d2e8cd&elqCampaignId=2280&elqaid=7602&elqat=1&elqTrackId=cec97105324b4323bae1b6592414ef53

Complete, free report, links from Chron. hi. ed.

Opportunities

Summer camps for teens

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/urban-scientist/5-summer-2016-science-programs-for-teens-to-check-out/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20160125

Free list, video from Sci. Am.

Science case studies workshops

http://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/cs/

From Nat'l. cent. for case stud. teach. in sci.

Evolution video contest

http://evolutionfilmfestival.org/?utm_source=AIBS+Master+List&utm_campaign=b7f2cb9ed9-PPR_Jan_25_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_def270e561-b7f2cb9ed9-171123534

Deadline: May 31; from AIBS

Did you look at the Federal Register? It's lonely...

http://www.aibs.org/federal-register-resource/index.html?utm_source=AIBS+Master+List&utm_campaign=b7f2cb9ed9-PPR_Jan_25_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_def270e561-b7f2cb9ed9-171123534

Attend a hearing, join a committee, be a part of the solution!

Science generally

Words of wisdom from the notables

http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/44761/title/Speaking-of-Science/

Free listing from The Scientist

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Winter academia: Jan. 14-21

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, January 14, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Winter academia: Jan. 14-21

Thanks to 'net detectives Mary Williams, Maria Engel, and Pat Bowne

Awards

Be a learning media innovator!

http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/digitalinnovators/

Deadline: Feb. 8: website, video

Travel awards for Genetic tox. soc. meeting

http://www.gta-us.org/scimtgs/2016Meeting/travelaward2016.html

Rules on website; registration waver for students by April 8

Professionally

Why don't students remember PowerPoint presentations?

https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2016/01/02/why-your-students-forgot-everything-on-your-powerpoint-slides-mary-jo-madda-2/

Full, free blog, links from Wordpress

Bothered by too many e-mails from students?

http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/student-email-suggestion/58577?cid=wc&utm_source=wc&utm_medium=en&elq=a5063487ad564b828d40ddb65c3447f7&elqCampaignId=2245&elqaid=7561&elqat=1&elqTrackId=57196c85bdc8414ab17d2c8020c247da

Full, free blog from Chron. hi. ed.

Penn prof with 100-level courses: background checks

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2016/01/20/court-some-pennsylvania-professors-must-have-background-checks?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=ccf46d4be6-DNU20160120&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-ccf46d4be6-199141673

Short, free note, link from Inside hi. ed.

Accreditor found in non-compliance

http://chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/controversial-community-college-accreditor-was-noncompliant-education-secretary-affirms/107697?elq=b55bf93005b04f8dac9a743162a13db6&elqCampaignId=2186&elqaid=7464&elqat=1&elqTrackId=307b96a480ae4c6cb0789f56842000cc

Complete, free report, links from Chron. hi. ed.

Research questions: chocolate milk and concussions?

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/900154652694462593f9a076137e184c/university-reviewing-study-touting-companys-chocolate-milk

Full, free essay from AP

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Academia for the New Year: Jan. 6-13

Posted By David L. Evans, Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Academia for the New Year: Jan. 6-13

Thanks to 'net detectives Ronald Gerrits, Terry Thompson, and Kevin Patton

Learning

Death by lecture--the view from the desks

https://chroniclevitae.com/news/1235-a-lecture-from-the-lectured?cid=oh&utm_source=oh&utm_medium=en&elq=9e0710f89f74474b9c92e207543e33de&elqCampaignId=2178&elqaid=7451&elqat=1&elqTrackId=75951d83b7624c1fab1ad206a83b99ad

Complete, free report, links from Vitae

A&P open learning initiative

http://oli.cmu.edu/courses/free-open/anatomy-physiology/

Free course from Carnegie Mellon U.

Need post-test analyses?

http://www.lionden.com/testreview.htm

Free website, links

Professionally

What about his profanity waver?

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/persinger-psychology-class-1.3389410?cmp=rss

Complete, free essay from CBC

Trinity Lutheran College to close--not enough students

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20160112/NEWS01/160119666/Trinity-Lutheran-College-to-close

Full, free article, links from Herald net

Must there be tenure at private colleges?

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/01/06/private-college-presidents-draft-list-essential-qualities-institutions-leaves-tenure?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=0c8bf0f96a-DNU20160106&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-0c8bf0f96a-199141673

Complete, free report from Inside hi. ed.

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Academia lately: Dec. 17-Jan. 5

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, December 17, 2015
Updated: Monday, January 25, 2016

Academia lately: Dec. 17-Jan. 5

Thanks to 'net detectives J. Ellen Lathrop-Davis, Kathryn M. Burleson, and Karen Groh

Professional news

Women in STEM fields: better reporting called for

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/673987.pdf?utm_source=AIBS+Master+List&utm_campaign=67102571a7-PPR_Dec_28_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_def270e561-67102571a7-171123534

Complete, free report from GAO

The postdoc. employment problem

http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/44874/title/Opinion--The-Postdoc-Crisis/

Full, free opinion piece, references from The Scientist

Magazine for adjunct faculty launched

http://adjunctcommuterweekly.com/

Website

Research

Call for more transparency in scientific publications

http://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.1002333

Complete, free report, graphics, linked citations from PLoS bio.

Top 100 science stories: open access and more

 http://www.altmetric.com/top100/2015/#

Website

Top scientist dies but how does that impact the field?

http://nber.org/papers/w21788?sy=788

Free abstract from Nat'l. bur. econ. res.

Teaching and learning

Learning disabilities

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XofXd05TEvg

You Tube video

Exam analysis tool

http://www.aw-bc.com/greatideas/pdfs/greatideas_ap_v1.pdf

Full, free essay, images from Great ideas

Getting students to listen to one another's presentaitons

http://chronicle.com/article/Doubling-Down-on-Student/234622?cid=wc&utm_source=wc&utm_medium=en&elq=c22525f8ab784421baa545a96266d1fb&elqCampaignId=2091&elqaid=7265&elqat=1&elqTrackId=c82d185d126a44f48730dbce1e4274e1

Complete, free report from Chron. hi. ed.

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Academic alerts: Dec. 8-16

Posted By David L. Evans, Wednesday, December 09, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Academic alerts: Dec. 8-16

Thanks to 'net detectives Heiko-Gary Heisserman and Stamatina Ziemba

Opportunities

Free open source lab equipment

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/science-for-all-how-to-make-free-open-source-laboratory-hardware/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20151207

Full, free essay, images, links from Sci. Am.

Science day at Pasadena City College

http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=137164&WT.mc_id=USNSF_13&WT.mc_ev=click

Jan. 22 from NSF

Nominate someone: top innovator in hi. ed.

http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/call-for-nominations-who-are-the-top-tech-innovators-in-higher-education-2/57690?cid=wc&utm_source=wc&utm_medium=en&elq=c0a043df1dbf4787a0a3fe8cae21af0b&elqCampaignId=2027&elqaid=7166&elqat=1&elqTrackId=f7fad5d2f8194d6c8622dbcfb774f36a

Deadline: Jan. 8; Short, free announcement in Chron. Hi. Ed.

Useful info.

Recent SACS actions

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2015/12/10/southern-accreditor-places-tennessee-martin-probation?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=3adda94729-DNU20151210&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-3adda94729-199141673

Short, free note from Inside hi. ed.

Verily: new bio. division of Google

http://www.statnews.com/2015/12/07/verily-google-life-sciences-name/

Complete, free report, links from Stat

Did you look at the Federal Register? No? Bad!

http://www.aibs.org/federal-register-resource/index.html?utm_source=AIBS+Master+List&utm_campaign=a05f7083ff-PPR_Dec_14_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_def270e561-a05f7083ff-171123534

Attend a hearing, join a committee, be a part of the solution!

Gift suggestions

Geek gifts

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/44774/title/TS-2015-Gift-Guide/

This list from The Scientist

Holiday ideas

http://www.biotechniques.com/news/biotechniquesNews/biotechniques-361871.html?utm_source=BioTechniques+Newsletters+%26+e-Alerts&utm_campaign=033e3ecae7-epigenetics-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5f518744d7-033e3ecae7-87291326

Free slide show from BioTechniq.

Outreach

Go to college rap from Michelle Obama and J. Pharoah

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2015/12/11/michelle-obama-raps-promote-college?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=aca9b71838-DNU20151211&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-aca9b71838-199141673

Free video courtesy of Inside hi. ed.

How to do good science reporting

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/how-to-tell-an-engaging-story-of-scientific-discovery/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20151210

Full, free blog from Sci. Am.

Med school pathology course

http://www.medicalschoolpathology.com/

From U. Utah

Reflections on science education

https://orionmagazine.org/article/the-science-of-citizenship/

Full, free serious article from Onion

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News you can use: Nov. 25-Dec. 8

Posted By David L. Evans, Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Updated: Monday, December 14, 2015

News you can use: Nov. 25-Dec. 8

Thanks to 'net detective Henriette Evans

Awards

Grad student awards for science policy

http://www.aibs.org/public-policy/eppla.html?utm_source=AIBS+Master+List&utm_campaign=3b377608a2-PPR_Nov_30_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_def270e561-3b377608a2-171123534

Deadline: Jan. 10 from AIBS

News from all over

Racism and academic medicine

http://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/Fulltext/2015/12000/Racial_Violence,_Academic_Medicine,_and_Academic.1.aspx

Full, free editorial, linked citations from Acad. med.

Questioned: survival of the student course evaluation

http://chronicle.com/article/Can-the-Student-Course/234369?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en&elq=f9be5ba0e2924327bdf4db4b78f07c2d&elqCampaignId=1938&elqaid=7036&elqat=1&elqTrackId=00a53eba183f436ead0cdc26d13828d4

Complete, free report, links from Chron. hi. ed.

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November academia: Nov. 18-25

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, November 19, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, December 01, 2015

November academia: Nov. 18-25

Thanks to Lisa Jones Bromfield

Women in science

Chelsea Clinton pushing for more women in STEM fields

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/articles/2015/11/chelsea-hillary-and-top-researchers-make-global-push-girls-science?et_cid=4961483&et_rid=54713780&type=cta

Full, free essay, links from Biosci. Tech.

Breaking stereotypes: STEM dolls

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/voices/holiday-gift-guide-women-in-stem-fields-dolls-and-action-figures/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20151123

Complete, free blog, images, links, video from Sci. Am.

Teaching

What about open textbooks?

http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/beyond-textbooks-and-oer-reflecting-on-opened15/61342?cid=wc&utm_source=wc&utm_medium=en&elq=13bc69174eb84883b7260de65c658c74&elqCampaignId=1919&elqaid=7015&elqat=1&elqTrackId=f8843b1f7e8f4e64a7fc39d6d597667e

Full, free essay, links from Chron. Hi. Ed.

Aids for studying A&P

http://anatomyphysiologystudyguide.com/study-help-video-1

Free PowerPoint presentations

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You need to know: Nov. 11-18

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, November 12, 2015
Updated: Monday, November 30, 2015

You need to know: Nov. 11-18

Thanks to 'net detective Jon Jackson

Thinking about higher education

USA views higher ed.

http://chronicle.com/article/Higher-Ed-Has-Always-Been-a/234162?cid=cr&utm_source=cr&utm_medium=en&elq=de467b169ac345279c681a3c8fd72686&elqCampaignId=1843&elqaid=6896&elqat=1&elqTrackId=5d1fc6d79ce34aa992080db15861f1e1

Complete, free review, images from Chron. hi. ed.

2009 class completion rates: falling faster

https://nscresearchcenter.org/signaturereport10/

Full, free report, links from Nat. student clearinghouse

University's accreditation not at risk now

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2015/11/16/accreditation-no-longer-risk-oldest-private-hbcu?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=9bc310d4e7-DNU20151116&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-9bc310d4e7-199141673

Short, free note, links from Inside hi. ed.

From the US government

What about keeping raw data from research?

https://ori.hhs.gov/education/products/rcradmin/topics/data/open.shtml

Free website, links from US dept. Health and human serv.

Academic life

Are there ways to streamline job applications?

https://chroniclevitae.com/news/1188-psst-search-committees?cid=gn&utm_source=gn&utm_medium=en&elq=55d37c2fceb84f62a2cde9bffd00f23e&elqCampaignId=1885&elqaid=6952&elqat=1&elqTrackId=afa802bad01f4c14b0eb3e941dbf1b0c

Complete, free report, links from Vitae

Obtuse language may be sign of fraudulent research

http://jls.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/11/05/0261927X15614605?papetoc

Free abstract from Sage

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