Required Readings

Sexy PhDs, deceptive polisci research, neuromyths, value-added modeling, hazing death conviction, and more: Required Readings, 11.2.14

Ladies, Halloween may be past, but you can be prepared for your next costuming occasion with the Sexy PhD ensemble. Be sure to read the product reviews.

Three researchers at Dartmouth and Stanford were in a spot of trouble this week thanks to a mailer they sent to voters in California, Montana, and New Hampshire. Using official state seals, they sent information about the political beliefs of various state candidates in an attempt to see whether such information would alter how residents voted. Not only are the presidents of both institutions sending formal apology letters, but the matter has raised questions about institutional review board approval and ethics in political science research.

Can myths about neurology be harmful, particularly among educators? Some think so.

A “flawless” (according to her superintendent) educator is suing state officials after being labeled as “ineffective” by an evaluation method known as value-added modeling.

A former band member at Florida A&M has been found guilty of manslaughter in the 2011 hazing death of a drum major aboard a bus.

Yale School of Medicine’s handling of a sexual harassment case involving the chief of cardiology has raised questions about the climate for women there and the lack of transparency regarding how such problems are dealt with.

Attorneys for 7,600 teachers who lost their jobs after Hurricane Katrina will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court following a Louisiana Supreme Court decision that overturned trial and appeals court rulings. The issues at hand involve teacher tenure rules, a state takeover, and a wholesale move to charter schools.

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Librarienne is a university librarian who sees her professional mission as teaching the masses how to separate the wheat from the chaff in today's expanding universe of information, that everything you read requires a critical eye, and how to properly use apostrophes.

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