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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)

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.”

Beautiful work the past couple weeks from photographers David Zentz (top left), Mark Abramson (top right), and Lexey Swall (bottom).

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. 

The most recent covers of The Chronicle Review.  See the cover stories here and here.

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?

By Tom Bartlett, with photos by Tarik Samarah and Matt Lutton

Where God and Football Meet

Check out our story looking inside one of the most religious football programs in America; that of Clemson University. (Story by Brad Wolverton, photos by Tamika Moore for The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Street Lecka for Getty Images)

From our Adjunct Voices series. Video by Greg Kahn for The Chronicle of Higher Education

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.

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)

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.

"As Oceans Rise, Scientists Work Toward Consensus: Behind the scenes of the U.N.’s latest climate-change report" Read the story here.