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Where’s Rieber Hall?

By Lisa Garcia

Late one night last fall, I ended up driving through the UCLA campus after the LA Metro Transportation Authority, Caltrans, and Kiewit decided to reroute me and other drivers off the 405 freeway for the one-millionth time in the last five years, but I digress. I attended UCLA as an undergrad and then worked as […]

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Divestment, Activism, and Voice I

By Bill Tierney

One topic that campuses are acutely uncomfortable discussing pertains to divestment of funds from a company. Companies that did business with South Africa came in for a good deal of action a generation ago. Today there are a variety of issues. To Stanford University’s credit they will no longer invest in coal companies. President Hennessy […]

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

By Cathryn Dhanatya

This past summer’s Facebook and Twitter feeds were dominated by videos of individuals dousing themselves with buckets of ice water and challenging celebrities, friends, family, and colleagues to do the same in the name of charity. What has become known as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has raised over $100 million in the last month […]

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In Honor of William B. Michael—Can We Deconstruct a College Education Statistically?

By Mark DeFusco

It doesn’t seem right that another September is upon us and Bill Michael (William B. Michael) is not ambling slowly through Waite Phillips Hall, ready to at once terrorize and fascinate wary graduate students required to learn something about research methods and statistics. A giant in the field, Bill would constantly regale his nervous students […]

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The End of My Beginning …

By Raquel Rall

Last Monday, I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation almost four years to the day that I started my Ph.D. program. It has been quite a ride. As I entered the room with the nationally known researchers, past university presidents, and research organization heads, I couldn’t help but feel honored to be there sharing about the […]

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See You in September

By Lisa Garcia

The 21st Century Scholar bloggers are taking the rest of the summer off to relax and refresh. We’ll be back after Labor Day. See you then!

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Moving to Full Professor III

By Bill Tierney

We all love lists. We also like transparency. “I don’t know what to do” certainly sounds like a downer. Advice (if it’s correct!) also can be very helpful. But honestly, the last two blogs (located here and here) were a downer for me. I never thought of academic life as a checklist. I never went […]

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You’ve Written (or Are Writing) a Dissertation … So What?

By Raquel Rall

We talk so much about research questions—what qualifies as a good question, whether the question implies a certain research methodology, what are the right words to use, etc. Yet, at the end of the day there’s one question that trumps even the research question(s). It is important to ask … so what? What’s significant about […]

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Moving to Full Professor II

By Bill Tierney

What’s missing from the list I presented? Editing. I wrote about editing in a previous blog. Editing is something I have enjoyed but does not earn very many direct plaudits. There are also tiers of editing. Editing a university press book is more important than editing something from a third-tier press. Training grants and such. […]

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Facebook Doesn’t Care About Ethics, So Why Should You?

By Randy Clemens

The internet nearly broke when researchers published a new study, “Experimental Evidence of Massive-scale Emotional Contagion through Social Networks.” Scientists, conducting a psychological experiment including approximately 700,000 Facebook users, manipulated news feeds to examine the effects of positive and negative posts. Researchers found that Facebook posts influence users’ moods; the general public and research community […]

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