FW: 11/29/2001 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Educatio n
FW: 11/29/2001 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Here are news bulletins from The Chronicle of Higher Education
for Thursday, November 29.
* TEACHING ASSISTANTS at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign went on strike Wednesday to protest the
administration's refusal to recognize their union. The group
that represents the graduate students said that 10,000
students had had one or more classes canceled, but the
university said that the number was much lower.
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* THE CLASS OF 2002 can expect a 6-percent to 13-percent
contraction in the labor market for new college graduates,
and graduates with advanced degrees will be even worse off,
according to a national survey conducted by the Collegiate
Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University.
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* A CONSUMER-ADVOCACY GROUP and a coalition of scholars and
academic associations filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday
challenging an executive order by President Bush that could
block the release of the records of past presidents. The
groups argue that the order is an unconstitutional attempt to
keep presidential records out of public view.
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* SAMFORD UNIVERSITY has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by
three female professors who charged that they were paid less
than their male counterparts at the Birmingham, Ala.,
institution. The amount of the settlement was not disclosed.
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* THE AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION is honoring three
scholars at its annual meeting in Washington this week. The
honorees are: Arthur M. Kleinman, of Harvard University;
Alessandro Duranti, of the University of California at Los
Angeles; and Gay Becker, of the University of California at
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* THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE Grawemeyer Award for Psychology
will be awarded today to two pioneers in the field of
cognitive neuroscience, James McClelland, of Carnegie Mellon
University, and David Rumelhart, who is on medical leave from
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* A FORMER PROFESSOR at the University of Regina, in
Saskatchewan, was found guilty of fraud and forgery this
week after admitting that she had used her ex-husband's
credentials to get hired and obtain research grants.
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* A FEDERAL JUDGE dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday that a
Princeton University computer scientist and his research team
had filed against the recording industry and the U.S. Justice
Department over the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, saying
there was no "real controversy" between the litigants.
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* QUESTIA MEDIA laid off half of its staff members this month.
The company, which operates a database of nearly 70,000
e-books, has been trying to market its services to
undergraduates, high-school students, and even some college
libraries. However, the subscriptions -- at $19.95 a month --
have not sold as well as company officials had planned.
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* MANY AMERICAN HOUSEHOLDS are turning to the Internet as a
source for information. In doing so, they might be turning
away from television, suggests a study being released today
by the University of California at Los Angeles.
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* AIMING TO SAVE MONEY, improve training, and increase its
interaction with the public, the National Guard is paying to
build computer labs at community colleges where Guard members
and civilians can take courses through distance education.
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* THE JOB MARKET continues to boom for Ph.D.'s in earth and
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NEW GRANT COMPETITIONS: Grants for research on AIDS.
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TODAY'S GUIDE TO WEBCASTS AND LIVE DISCUSSIONS: Scientific
literacy, software licensing, and more.
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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS WEEK'S CHRONICLE
LIFE-SCIENCES LURE: Like other Asian countries losing their edge
to China, Singapore is refocusing its economy and its national
university on biotechnology.
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WHAT IS FAIR? States are taking different approaches, based on
the same federal law, toward tuition rates for illegal
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EMOTION PICTURES: Chris Menges is the best director you've
probably never heard of, writes Steve Vineberg, a professor of
theater and film at the College of the Holy Cross.
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DECONSTRUCT THIS: Scholars weigh in on the imbroglio between the
author Jonathan Franzen and the talk-show host Oprah Winfrey.
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--> FOR THE FULL TEXT of those and all other articles from the
November 30 issue of The Chronicle, go to "This Week's
Chronicle" at http://chronicle.com/chronicle
MAGAZINES & JOURNALS
A glance at the fall issue of "Harvard Design Magazine":
City subways, Plato's cave, and Piranesi's prisons
To Marshall Berman, the long platforms and barrel-vaulted
ceilings of the Washington, D.C., subway system feel like a
"theater of absurdity and cruelty." The professor of political
theory and urbanism at City College of the City University of
New York compares the unusual environment to the "philosophical
spaces" found in Giovanni Battista Piranesi's drawings in
"Imaginary Prisons" and in the structure of Plato's allegory of
the cave, from "The Republic."
Mr. Berman, made "dizzy" and "disoriented" by the Washington
subway stations, writes that for Plato, the inability to orient
yourself was "a primary source of dread," harsher than the
chains that bound the inhabitants of his cave. In Plato's mind,
the passage from the cave into the sunlight signified an escape
from enslavement to democracy. The subway, says Mr. Berman, is a
modern Greek marketplace, featuring (in Washington) escalators
that seem to "surge up from the bowels of the earth."
He describes Piranesi's underground world of the "Imaginary
Prisons" series as clashing and contradictory -- "the purest
'negative space' ever envisioned." But instead of feeling
trapped by the gigantic structures in the drawings, he views the
series as a parable of striving and overcoming. "The subway's
Piranesian space, intensely dark and bright ... has the power to
expand and concentrate our minds, so that we can wrestle with
the unending mystery of who we are."
To view a drawing from Piranesi's "Imaginary Prisons," see
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