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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 dimension […]

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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 up with […]

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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 DNA to […]

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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 percent, […]

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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 Ivory […]

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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 specialized courses for […]

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  • A Review of Higher Education? How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids — and What We Can Do About It

      by Steven Knapp Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus have written a lucid, passionate and wide-ranging book on the state of American higher education and what they perceive as its increasing betrayal of its primary mission — for them, the teaching of undergraduates. That both are academics — one a well-known professor (Mr. Hacker) and […]

  • Moving Your Course Online

    by Evelyn Beck It will take longer than you think. That’s some of the wisdom offered by one course designer about the process of moving your traditional classroom on-line. Cynthia McIntyre, an on-line designer and instructor for The Concord Consortium in Concord, Mass., finds that new on-line teachers are surprised by the amount of time […]

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  • Campus Equity Week is Growing Bigger: But is Bigger Better?

    by Chris Cumo Forget the top-down hierarchy. Talk to anyone in the thick of things and you get the same answer: Campus Equity Week (CEW) is a grassroots movement, one with a protean nature that defies easy summation. CEW began in October 2001 (CEW 1) in the U.S. and Canada and will spread this October […]

  • Adjunct faculty at the Art Institute of Seattle voted against union
  • Journal of Excellence in College Teaching

    by Mark J. Drozdowski As a recently appointed adjunct faculty member, I’ll consider any teaching tips or tricks I can find. Naturally, I eagerly picked up the Journal of Excellence in College Teaching, hoping to learn how to become a more effective instructor. Does it help? First, a brief background on the Journal is in order. Founded […]

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