Monthly Archives: October 2009


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Against a Sea of Troubles

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Piracy has been a scourge from the earliest days of the printing press, but are today’s cures worse than the disease? A review essay of Adrian Johns’ Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates (University of Chicago Press, 2010). Piracy has been a scourge from the earliest days of the printing press, but are today’s cures worse than the disease?

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Reflections of a Mid-Career Student

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With a doctorate in genetics and plant breeding, I had been working in India as an assistant professor and a scientist in the discipline of genetics, plant breeding and plant biotechnology for several years. I had never aspired to be a regular, full-time student again. So  when I was  nominated for a master’s  in bioethics […]

Seeking tenure? How junior scholars should navigate troubled departmental waters

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Universities most often respond to junior faculty members’ concerns about tenure and the tenure process with workshops offering tips and strategies for how to conduct their work lives optimally pre-tenure and how to prepare the best case for winning tenure. While these workshops are helpful, they assume a basic meritocratic structure, uniformity of objectivity, and fairness across departments, an assumption that is more myth than reality.