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Home » January 1st, 2001 Entries posted on “January, 2001”

Equal Opportunity Protection

by P.D. Lesko I NORMALLY DON’T like to write in response to anything published in the current issue of the magazine in which my column appears. However, Brian Caterino’s piece on Stanford’s Office of Learning and Technology got me thinking. In particular, I’m thinking about Professors Cohen and Boyer, the scientists whose patent brought in […]

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Blaming Scientists for the “Adjunct Problem”

by Chris Cumo RAMAN SUNDRUM BREATHES easily in the rarefied air of theoretical physics. He is a postdoc at Stanford University where, in collaboration with Princeton physicist Lisa Kendall, he has proposed that Einstein’s General Relativity predicts the existence of an extra dimension. We are familiar with space and time, which are really a single […]

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The Genome and the Adjunct

by Lee Shainen I’M NOT STUPID. However, I admit to being somewhat mathematically challenged. My first algebra class was in 1967. I was distracted. It was not the best of times for learning math. For years, I blamed “Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll” for my ineptitude, but maybe I just didn’t have the math […]

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Boom Time For On-Line Books?

by Adam Keller AUTHOR STEPHEN KING’S recent foray into e-book publishing has kicked off a new round of activity among book publishers and software developers looking to gain a foothold in the nascent market. Since last year, well-known book publishers such as Houghton Mifflin Co., The McGraw-Hill Cos. and Simon & Schuster Inc. have hooked […]

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Science: The Journal of the AAAS

by Chris Cumo SCIENCE, THE JOURNAL of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is arguably the most influential periodical of its kind. Its 160,000 subscribers make it the largest peer-reviewed scientific journal. The AAAS publishes Science weekly, giving it a currency few journals in any discipline can match. Article topics range from recombinant […]

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The Sciences Are Hot, Hot, Hot

by Chris Cumo THE AMERICAN ACADEMY for the Advancement of Science announced in November that the golden age of the life sciences has dawned. The AAAS projects five percent growth between the 2000-2001 and 2001-2002 academic years in the number of tenure-track positions in biology at four-year colleges and universities and eight percent growth in […]

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The Corn in Cornell

by Chris Cumo PRESIDENT DWIGHT D. Eisenhower foresaw in 1961 the rise of a military-industrial complex but missed an equally potent union: the symbiosis between university and corporation. In 1980 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that scientists may patent life. The decision was a boon to agricultural scientists, giving them exclusive rights to the profits […]

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Big Office On Campus

by Brian Caterino REVENUE GENERATED BY patents has become big business for cash-strapped universities. According to the annual survey by the Association of University Technology Managers, American Universities received more than $641 million in royalties and filed 7,612 patent applications in the 1999 fiscal year, while the number of patent applications was up almost 17 […]

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Who Owns Your Ideas?

by Scott Mitchell POWERFUL CORPORATIONS, the high cost of research and communication tools like the Internet have the potential to destroy academics’ right to control their own ideas, warned speakers at an intellectual property conference at the University of California at Berkeley. The conference, held in early-November, questioned whether intellectual property will become “The Next […]

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Developing Adjunct Faculty

by Richard Lyons AS AN INSTRUCTIONAL leader reading this first Adjunct Advocate column on managing adjunct faculty, your decision-making probably long ago outgrew the cost-savings consideration often cited as the sole advantage of using part-time instructors. You realize as well that part-time instructors also have the potential to: Leverage their rich backgrounds to teach highly […]

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  • NYU Adjunct Faculty Vote to Strike

    The ACT-UAW Local 7902 — a union made up of adjunct professors from NYU and the New School — has negotiated with and made proposals to the NYU administration for nine months regarding health benefits, equitable pay and compensation, among other grievances. The union recently held a vote to see how many of its members were in favor of authorizing a strike against the university and 94 percent of the union’s 2,500 members voted in favor of the strike.

  • What Online Students Say About… Assessment

    by Diane J. Goldsmith, Ph.D. Feedback. Feedback. Feedback • Feedback needs to be timely: “Personal communication and prompt feedback on assignments are essential for any course to be a success.” • Feedback should include grades: “Feedback in the form of grades is essential, and it should come to students frequently!” • Feedback needs to be […]

  • Paychecks Come Late (Again) & PTers Launch Public Food Drive In Response

    Food drives have become increasingly common in the aftermath of the Great Recession. But the drive launched at Kalamazoo Valley Community College January 11th is a little different: People are bringing in food and gift cards, not to help out strangers in need, but their coworkers. “The full-time faculty have been wonderful. They were the […]

  • Korean Part-Timers Will Get Better Pay & Benefits Thanks to New Legislation

      Part-time lecturers at universities nationwide will be given the same status as the regular teaching staff under a new plan of the Presidential Committee on Social Cohesion, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. The plan, announced Monday, now goes to the National Assembly. Their treatment became an issue in June […]

  • Miami-Dade’s Reliance on Large Numbers of Adjuncts Could Endager Its Accreditation

    by Michael Vasquez Is Miami Dade College — the nation’s largest community college — in danger of losing its accreditation following the recent warning by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools? Almost impossible, according to higher education experts, who cite the school’s strong national reputation coupled with the fact that community colleges are rarely, if […]

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