Female scholars weren't as productive as their male counterparts in the early months of the pandemic, a study comparing the submissions of papers to Elsevier academic journals finds. The gender gap was widest in health and medicine, and women in intermediate or advanced career stages were affected the most, a trend that researchers attributed to the likelihood of increased family care duties during the lockdown.
A bipartisan bill in the Pennsylvania Legislature would prevent the state's public colleges from asking applicants if they have a criminal background, with some exceptions for certain violent crimes. Studies have found no evidence that asking such questions helps preserve campus safety, and supporters of the bill say such questions may dissuade applicants seeking to turn their lives around.
Sixty-one percent of the 600-plus cases of coronavirus in Ann Arbor, Mich., since Oct. 12 are connected to the University of Michigan, Washtenaw County health officer Jimena Loveluck says, and the county is implementing a stay-in-place order for undergraduate students for two weeks, with some exceptions. Some students and faculty members have criticized the university for reopening and for not adopting widespread testing until this week.
Author Bryan Robinson cites the work of positivity researcher Barbara Fredrickson, who says it takes three positive experiences to outweigh each negative one. Strategies for racking up the positives to boost a career include reframing fears as adventures, looking for solutions instead of dwelling on problems and determining what you've gained from every loss, Robinson writes.
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Universities including the University of Utah and the University of Rochester as well as the Presidents Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration are part of a lawsuit against two Trump administration H-1B rules that they say would drastically diminish universities' investments in international students and faculty. The lawsuit says the consequences of the rules would be "staggering," making unrealistic degree demands on applicants and requiring untenable salary increases.
The lack of Black faculty at colleges and universities requires a national response, Yale University assistant professor Ayana Jordan says, and many other Black scholars say diversity statements and the hiring of Black faculty without addressing campus climate and guarding against isolation aren't enough to effect real change. Robert Head, the first Black president of Rockford University in Illinois, also suggests a shared-governance approach to antiracist work, and calls for participation in such work to be recognized as part of tenure and promotion decisions.
University officials outline how the pandemic is affecting their institutions' efforts to recruit and retain more diverse faculty. At the University of California, Merced, associate vice provost Zulema Valdez said search committees have been able to interview a wider field of candidates for faculty positions, while at the University of Chicago, a series of networks have been moved online to ensure faculty feel welcome and included, vice provost Melissa Gilliam said.
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