Scientist’s death halts unique research at UMass
- The circumstances of Lynn Margulis’s career and death provide a window on just how difficult the passing of a working scientist can be for a research university.
MIT President Susan Hockfield to step down
- Hockfield, the 16th president of the Cambridge-based school, said she will stay in place until her successor takes office.
The rise of punkademia
- How do you study a movement that doesn’t want to be studied?
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Three Harvard professors - an economist who studies racial disparities, a physicist who probes the quantum behavior of ultracold atoms, and a clinical psychologist working to better understand suicide and how to stop people from harming themselves - are among the 22 people awarded MacArthur genius grants today.
A new focus on sophomores, academia’s sometimes forgotten child
- Sarah Medina and Katie Burns, sophomores at Holy Cross, studied information on advisers and programs yesterday in Worcester. (Photo by Gretchen Ertl)
Writing in the newest issue of Academe Online, Eric Alterman parses the differences between professors, reporters, and think-tankers. “These three realms,” he explains, “differently understand one categorical imperative: to tell the truth. Ah, but there’s the rub. What is ‘truth’? Its meaning changes between locations.”
Harvard’s Edward O. Wilson tries to upend biology, again
- “All new ideas go through three phases,” Wilson said, with some happy mischief in his voice. “They’re first ridiculed or ignored. Then they meet outrage. Then they are said to have been obvious all along.”
Ex-president thrives in return to Harvard
- Half an hour after his class had ended, the professor still stood on the stage. Beneath him, a line of undergraduates snaked down the aisle, eagerly awaiting their turn to invite him to their dorms for dinner, pepper him with questions about credit default swaps, and just to say hello, thank him for the lecture, and shake his hand.