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

Equal Opportunity Protection

Share 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 [...]

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Blaming Scientists for the “Adjunct Problem”

Share 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 [...]

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The Genome and the Adjunct

Share 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 [...]

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Boom Time For On-Line Books?

Share 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 [...]

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Science: The Journal of the AAAS

Share 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 [...]

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The Sciences Are Hot, Hot, Hot

Share 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 [...]

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The Corn in Cornell

Share 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 [...]

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Big Office On Campus

Share 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 [...]

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Who Owns Your Ideas?

Share 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 [...]

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Personal Safety Abroad

Share by Jeannie Barry-Sanders PERSONAL SAFETY IS a basic need, and educators who want to travel and work abroad must think safety first when travelling to countries outside of the United States. “You are much safer in most cities abroad than you are in most cities in the United States. We have the most violence [...]

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