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"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.

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)

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 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)

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.

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.

Recently The Chronicle sent photographer Fabrizio Costantini to cover two stories on how, in the wake of Detroit’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing, Michigan’s colleges and universities have been central to the city’s efforts to dig itself out of its financial hole.  

One assignment sent Fabrizio to spend a day with the Wayne State University campus police who have been functioning as ad hoc city police in the surrounding streets. And his other assignment sent Fabrizio to the electric vehicle class at Macomb Community College where students are working on the next generation of automotive technology. 

See our website this week to read the stories (here and here).

Following our preview of the most recent Chronicle Review cover (here’s a link to the cover story), we asked photographer, Matt Roth, to write a bit about the process of photographing the red cape.  Also included are a few outtakes from the shoot. (And bonus: at the bottom are three we thought just made beautiful abstract photographs, regardless of their relevance to the story!)

This shoot was a great exercise in …my legs. 

No seriously. My legs were super sore the next day. 

This shoot took two attempts. I was a little lenient on the cape’s tattering on Friday, fearing I might over do it. Then I got a phone call Monday morning requesting MORE TATTER!!!

So, I let myself go nuts with the scissors, rubbed it around in the dirt, and tossed it around like an old rag.

Then I tossed it again… 

and again… 

and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again…

Between each toss (with my right hand), I pressed the shutter (with my left hand), the strobes popped and I made a picture. 

Of course, after each toss I had to pick up the cape. Long story short, I did about an hour of lunges. 

Why not just lay the cape on the ground and shoot from above? Well, for one, It looked boring — and sometimes it looked like a red strappy tank top. The lighting was never right, either. 

Sure, the toss-shoot-pick-up process was tedious, but, weirdly, I really got in to it. I tried out different toss methods: underhand wrist flicks, flung from the side, and a few overhand. 

It was cool seeing the cape form into different shapes as it flew through the air. I’m pretty stoked I get to share the process and show y’all some of the cooler looking outtakes. 

Check out this preview of the cover of most recent issue of The Chronicle Review which features the story “The Superwoman Myth,” by Barnard College President Debora L. Spar, and with photos by Matt Roth.

Check out this preview of the cover of most recent issue of The Chronicle Review which features the story “The Superwoman Myth,” by Barnard College President Debora L. Spar, and with photos by Matt Roth.

After a brief break, we’re back! Check out the past week in higher education from our Big Picture slideshow.

Pictured: A woman inspects the damage inside a Jesuit college compound in Minya, Egypt. Christian schools and churches were burned in recent attacks attributed to Islamists. (Gianluigi Gercia, Agence France-Presse, Getty Images)

After a brief break, we’re back! Check out the past week in higher education from our Big Picture slideshow.

Pictured: A woman inspects the damage inside a Jesuit college compound in Minya, Egypt. Christian schools and churches were burned in recent attacks attributed to Islamists. (Gianluigi Gercia, Agence France-Presse, Getty Images)