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.
From this week’s Big Picture…
Competitors from Queensland U. of Technology position their solar-powered vehicle to catch the first rays in the 2013 World Solar Challenge, a race of almost 2,000 miles across Australia, from Darwin to Adelaide. (Mark Kolbe, Getty Images)
Have a look at the last four issues of The Chronicle Review.
Have a look at this video from the latest installment of our “Adjunct Voices" series. C.N. Le is a senior lecturer at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
From this week’s Big Picture slideshow:
New engineering students at the U. of Toronto joined their peers across the country for a dip in purple dye, which wears off after about a week. Tradition ties the color to the uniforms of marine engineers on board the Titanic who delayed its sinking so others could escape. (Norm Betts, Barcroft Media, Landov)
Here’s another outtake we wanted to share. This is from a recent story, by Karin Fischer, that followed three students from China throughout their freshman year at Michigan State University. This photo shows a few of the nearly 1,000 Chinese students who arrived last fall, in their first days adjusting to life in East Lansing, Michigan…playing basketball with the college mascot.
Photographed by Susan Tusa for The Chronicle.