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Court orders board to probe teacher's complaint about dues
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania appeals court says the state Labor Relations Board erred when it refused to investigate a college professor's complaint involving the alleged use of teacher union dues to promote the candidacy of Gov. Tom Wolf. State law prohibits public employee unions from using union funds ...
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Study: Flint lead problem goes beyond pipes
Lead contamination in Flint may be caused by interior plumbing, a new study from the University of Michigan finds.        
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College professor ends hunger strike over his tenure denial
EASTON, Pa. (AP) - A college professor says he has ended a hunger strike he began last week over the denial of his application for tenure.
3 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | University Dean Teacher Professor Tenure Habilitation Pennsylvania Academic freedom
When does a crime become an act of 'terrorism'?
The attack on the UK parliament has been called 'terrorism'. Who decides whether a crime is a 'terror' act?
-1 points by Al Jazeera English | United Kingdom Professor Terrorism Crime London Counter-terrorism National security Mercer University
Kent State signs partnership agreement with China's Xi'An International Studies University
Through a partnership with China's Xi'An International Studies University, Kent State students will be able to study Chinese language, literature and culture abroad, and students from China will have the opportunity to be immersed in Kent State's many education opportunities. AKRON, Ohio -- A delegation from Xi'An International Studies University (XISU) in China, led by President Wang Junzhe, recently met with members of the Kent State University faculty and staff to sign a partnership agreement between the two universities. XISU, located in the historically significant city of Xi'An, provides an important strategic partnership for Kent State. Through the partnership, XISU students will be welcomed to Kent State, and Xi'An International Studies University will become the newest education-abroad destination for Kent State students. At XISU, Kent State students will receive instruction in Chinese language, literature and culture while living and traveling in one of the most culturally important cities in China. The delegation from Xi'An International Studies University arrived in Kent March 6. Sarah Malcolm, director of international partnerships and marketing and communications in the Office of Global Education at Kent State, met the group for a tour of University Library. The delegation joined Kent State President Beverly Warren in the University Library's Urban Conference Room, where the signing ceremony took place. A traditional exchange of gifts between the two parties followed the signing.  In addition to Junzhe, the delegation from XISU included Huang Libo, associate dean of the School of English Studies; Chenguang Pang, associate dean of the School of Chinese Language; Fan Hua, deputy director of international cooperation and exchange and Na Hong, deputy secretary-general of the Alumni Association. Warren was joined by several faculty and staff members from Kent State University at Stark, including Dean Denise Seachrist, Associate Dean Aloysius Kasturiarachi and Associate Professor of Communication Studies Bei Cai, who is an alumna of Xi'An International Studies University. She recently returned to her position at Kent State Stark after a fall semester sabbatical at XISU, where her work led to a deeper collaboration between the two universities.  Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Todd Diacon and Associate Provost Marcello Fantoni also attended the ceremony, along with a small audience of Kent State faculty and staff. Translation between the two parties was provided by Color Kang, an international admissions counselor in the Office of Global Education.  "A successful partnership is all about a good 'match,'" Cai said in a news release. "Both universities have strong degree programs in humanities and liberal arts, and both universities are mutually interested and committed to making the partnership a success. Our two universities have a lot to offer to each other."  Malcolm, who oversaw the foundation of the partnership, said in a news release, "The partnership with Xi'An International Studies University is an excellent example of how the connections and collaborations among faculty can blossom into a comprehensive partnership. We are pleased to see this partnership include strong faculty connections and quality student education-abroad experiences."
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Who is Swarthmore professor in the eye of Friends' Central storm?

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Devil’s in details for cops with OT
Boston police officers and detectives earned millions of dollars in detail pay last year — with 17 pulling in more than $100,000 — in what some law enforcement experts warn is risky on-the-beat behavior that can lead to fatigue, potentially placing the public and even the cops in danger.
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UH to stop holding classes at NW location in August
Professors and lecturers teach courses in communications, engineering, mechanics, psychology and logistics at the northwest campus, located at Lone Star College's University Park at Highway 249 and Louetta Road. UH created the northwest site to help students juggling work and families earn credits toward a degree. The system paid $674,375 annually for each of the first three years, and it estimated that initial costs of furniture and facilities reached more than $2.3 million. In 2013, UH's regents voted to allow the system to negotiate lease amendments, including extending the agreement through the end of 2017.
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After Trump video flap, signs warn Orange Coast College students against recording classes without permission
Almost two months after a secretly recorded video of an Orange Coast College professor's postelection comments about President Trump touched off a firestorm, signs reminding students that in-class recordings are prohibited without instructors' permission have been posted for the spring semester....
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86 percent of college students say they've cheated. It's easier than ever with mobile devices
More than 80 percent of college students claimed in a recent survey they have cheated in some way while in school. CLEVELAND, Ohio -  More than 80 percent of college students claimed in a recent survey they have cheated in some way while in school. The advent of online schools and increasingly sophisticated mobile devices have made it easier for students to cheat, said Kessler International, a firm that provides private investigation services, forensic accounting and digital forensics. Kessler surveyed 300 students from both public and private colleges, including online universities. The survey found: 86 percent claimed they cheated in school. 54 percent indicated that cheating was OK. Some said it it is necessary to stay competitive. 97 percent of admitted cheaters say they have never been caught.  76 percent copied word for word someone else's assignments.. 12 percent indicated they would never cheat because of ethics. 42 percent said they purchased custom term papers, essays and thesis online. 28 percent said they had a service take their online classes for them. 72 percent indicated that they had used their phone, tablet or computer to cheat in class. Professors use technologies, including text-matching software, webcams and cheat-proof tests to try and catch cheaters. They may also ban laptops, smartphones and smart watches from exams. If caught, students face suspension or expulsion. According to research and surveys over the past 12 years by retired Rutgers University professor Donald McCabe and the International Center for Academic Integrity, 68 percent of undergraduates and 43 percent of graduate students admit to cheating on tests or written assignments. In a study on the "digital revolution" by the Pew Research Center in 2011, 55 percent of college presidents said plagiarism in students' papers has increased over the past 10 years. Among those who have seen an increase in plagiarism, 88 percent said computers and the internet have played a major role. McCabe told he is hesitant to blame today's student cheating rates on easy access to the internet and computers. His said data shows the percentages of student cheating did increased once the internet became ubiquitous, but now are actually trending down again, toward pre-internet levels. But fewer students are participating in his surveys and there is a growing apathy toward cheating at school.
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Harford Community College exhibit, programs celebrate Aberdeen Proving Ground's 100 years
For 100 years, Aberdeen Proving Ground has been a major economic and social force in Harford County and a new exhibit, APG as Catalyst: Harford County's Changing Landscape, opens on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Harford Community College to commemorate the anniversary with "a scholarly, balanced and humanistic...
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Professors association: Defend academic freedom

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Prof accused of tweeting about killing whites put on leave
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - A Rutgers University professor who was taken to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation after he was accused of threatening to kill white people is no longer teaching at the school. reports ( ) a university spokesman said Friday Kevin Allred has been placed ...
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Second secret pyramid found inside ancient Mayan temple (PHOTO)
Archaeologists have found a previously-undiscovered pyramid hidden inside Mexico’s ancient Mayan temple of Kukulkan. Read Full Article at
1591 points by Russia Today | Chichen Itza Kukulkan English-language films Mexico Archaeology National Autonomous University of Mexico Professor Anthropology
Oberlin College employee victim of hate crime
An Oberlin College employee's home was vandalized early Thursday morning and an anti-Semitic note was left behind in what Oberlin Police are investigating as a hate crime. OBERLIN, Ohio - An Oberlin College employee's home was vandalized early Thursday morning and an anti-Semitic note was left behind in what Oberlin Police are investigating as a hate crime. "It is with deep outrage and sorrow that we report that one of our colleagues and his family were the victims of a cowardly, hateful act last night," Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov wrote in an email to students and the college community on Thursday afternoon. "The outside of their home was vandalized and a note left behind that included antisemitic and threatening language. The Oberlin Police Department is investigating the incident as a hate crime." As the General Faculty discussed yesterday, this is a moment of great stress and consternation, both nationally and locally. We will need each other's continued compassion and support at this time; please take care of yourselves, your families, and your loved ones. As our community grieves for the loss of dignity and personal/physical safety that comes with these sorts of vile attacks, these events also can galvanize us in our resolve to fight bigotry and hatred wherever and whenever they occur." The letter was also signed by Tim Elgren, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences,Andrea Kalyn, dean of the Conservatory and Meredith Raimondo, vice president and dean of students. The college had no further comment. The incident occurred several days after the college fired assistant professor Joy Karega, who had posted anti-Semitic statements on Facebook. Oberlin College fires professor who posted anti-Semitic statements Oberlin Police did not return phone calls. They said the call came in about 3:40 a.m. and described the crime as "criminal damaging and ethnic intimidation," the Chronicle-Telegram reported.  To comment on this story, please visit our crime and courts comments page.
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How to Pick the Fastest Line at the Supermarket
Experts offer tips for reducing your time in the grocery store checkout line.
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Genomic analysis explains how corals survive environmental catastrophe
Brooks HaysSTATE COLLEGE, Pa., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- New genomic analysis has offered scientists insights into how coral populations survive and expand in the wake of environmental disaster.
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MacArthur 'genius grant' winners announced
A human rights lawyer who champions due process for the disadvantaged. A bioengineer who creates low-cost medical technologies that benefit some of the most impoverished places in the world. A jewelry maker and sculptor whose decorative works also contain messages on sexism, racism and violence....
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State university faculty/administration in marathon talks to avert a strike
Negotiators for Pennsylvania state universities' faculty union and administration are in marathon talks, trying to avert the first strike in the history of the 105,000-student system.
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Forensic expert suspects ‘militant' found dead in Azimpur hideout committed suicide
The youth whose body was found inside a suspected militant hideout in Dhaka's Azimpur when police busted it had possibly committed suicide by slitting his own throat with a knife, says the doctor who conducted the autopsy.
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Grievances in Rajshahi University journalism teacher Akter Jahan Joly’s ‘suicide note’
Associate Professor Akter Jahan Joly of mass communication and journalism at Rajshahi University has been found dead inside her teacher quarters room.
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