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Tuesday, 16 September 2008

In the academic world, it’s publish or perish. But many believe academic journals are biased about what articles they publish.

An economist writing for the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute at the ILR School has proposed a new system for detecting cronyism, according to Inside Higher Ed.

Andrew Oswald’s paper compares how editors rank an article—by looking at how high an article is placed in the journal’s table of contents—with how often the article is subsequently cited in the field.

He tested whether a U. of Chicago Press journal favored Chicago authors. It didn’t—and seemed to hold hometown authors to a higher standard.

Crunching the Numbers Print E-mail
Monday, 08 September 2008

Two Cornell students, Ali Bair ’12 (left) and Brian Macpherson ’10 (below), are writing a personal finance blog for the Miami Herald. It’s called "The College Crunch." They’re looking at everything from scrounging for cheap school supplies to how to avoid bank fees.

“Their goal is to keep up their GPAs while graduating without big student loans,” says Mimi Whitefield ’73, the Herald’s special projects editor on the business beat. “It might remind fellow Cornellians of some of their own efforts to cut expenses to the bare bone as undergrads.”




The (Animal) Doctors Are In Print E-mail
Friday, 05 September 2008

The Doctor’s Channel: Internet TV for Doctors” now includes a section on veterinary medicine featuring several faculty from the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Ed Dubovi describes the origins of canine influenza. Dr. Alex Travis explains new research on the cause of male infertility, and Dr. Andrea Looney (left) discusses pain management.

Scroll down to Veterinary Medicine under Therapeutic Specialty in the left column. Or click on Humor for answers to questions about funny bones.

Cornell's Ranking Drops Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

Cornell fell two spots in U.S. News & World Report’s much anticipated rankings for 2009. The University was listed as No. 14 of “America’s Best Colleges,” down from No. 12 in the 2008 survey. Cornell has fluctuated between tenth and fourteenth place for most of the past two decades.

Harvard led the list this year. It pulled ahead of perennial No. 1 Princeton by one-tenth of a point. Princeton and Yale came in second and third.

For the fourth year in a row, Cornell's applied and engineering physics program ranked No. 1 among its peers. The undergraduate engineering program as a whole was ranked eighth in the nation.

Submit a Nomination for Provost Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

The Provost Search Committee invites members of the Cornell University Community to submit nominations of outstanding individuals to serve as Provost. An individual may be nominated by someone else or may self-nominate. Please note that, by tradition, the University chooses a Provost from amongst its current senior faculty. All nominees must hold a Cornell University faculty appointment (as of July 1st) at the rank of Full Professor. A job description and candidate profile for the position can be accessed at:

To submit a nomination, please follow this link: to the Provost nominations form. Please note, you must have a Cornell University NetID in order to submit a nomination.

For the nominations process, you will be asked to provide some basic background information about your nominee, a statement explaining why you feel (s)he is qualified for the position of Provost and, if possible, to provide a web link to a CV or webpage for the nominee.

For further information about the Provost search, please visit the Provost search website at:

Nominations will be accepted from August 19th until September 3rd, 2008.

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