Fifty-two scientists and other passengers who were stranded for more than a week aboard an icebound Russian ship off Antarctica were evacuated last week by a Chinese helicopter to an Australian icebreaker. The planned research trip, called the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was intended to study how East Antarctica has changed over the last century. (Andrew Peacock, AustralasianAntarcticExpedition)
Happy New Year, everyone! To ring in 2014, have a look at The Chronicle’s latest installment from Adjunct Voices. This video, from Greg Kahn, tells the story of Desiree Robertson, a mother, part-time adjunct professor, and full-time manager at a nonprofit group, who often feels on the verge of losing control. It’s “like those circus acts where you have the plates,” she says, “and then you’re on the ball or on the tricycle, and I think at any moment something’s going to fall.”
The related stories were about the heavy demands on department chairs (top two photos of Jackie Stallcup (left), chair of the English Department at California State U. at Northridge, and Dominick Pinto, chair of the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology at Sacred Heart U.); and a look at accreditors who now find themselves under critical review.
Explore The Chronicle’s interactive The Science of Hatred
What makes humans capable of horrific violence? Why do we deny atrocities in the face of overwhelming evidence? A small group of psychologists say they are moving toward answers. Is anyone listening?
Joe Fruscione has been trying for years to land a tenure-track faculty job, without success. Now he’s on the verge of giving up. “Enough is gonna be enough when I realize that my chances are sort of dried up to get a full-time position, and that’s when I know I’m done.” The promise and challenges of a new career outside academe are exciting, he says. But he’ll always wonder if all the years he has spent chasing a dream have been wasted.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted our Chronicle Review covers. Here are the last several. You can read the cover stories here:
Why Can’t Science and the Humanities Get Along? by David A. Hollinger
Who’s a Genius Now? by Darrin M. McMahon
The Would-Be Philosopher King by Evan R. Goldstein
The Battle for the Soul of Conservation by Paul Voosen
The American Police State by Marc Parry
From this week’s Big Picture:
At a presentation organized by the U. of Lyon III and the Catholic U. of Lyon, and attended by officials of the French government, a recipient carries a “certificate of secular knowledge.” The government is trying hard to promote secularism as a guarantee of religious freedom for all. (Robert Pratta, Reuters)
"As Oceans Rise, Scientists Work Toward Consensus: Behind the scenes of the U.N.’s latest climate-change report" Read the story here.