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FROM INSIDE HIGHER ED -- The faculty in the math department of a major university has a history of expertise in theory, but the faculty of its much smaller empirical group has become completely estranged from it. Each faction has very powerful personalities who dislike and mistrust one another, the head of the department and the dean. Hiring and promotion have become divisive and contentious, and email wars involving colleagues on and off the campus are escalating.
Say that a team of scientists publishes very promising results indicating the development of a treatment that matched chemotherapy to a cancer patient’s genetic make-up. The findings promise to transform cancer care, except for one thing: Despite multiple efforts by other scientists, the results cannot be reproduced.
The National Center for Professional and Research Ethics at the University of Illinois launched the third part of its Coursera leadership specialization this week. Building on content from Courses One and Two, Leadership and Influence aims to give participants the skills to exert influence and become effective team members and leaders.
Do you know how to listen effectively as a professional? Can you tell when you've established rapport? Do you notice the effect you have on people? In Course One of the National Center for Professional and Research Ethics (NCPRE) Coursera specialization, learners investigated what is important to them and grappled with some of the basic pitfalls and strategies for tackling them.
It can be hard to choose–or even know–the right path, and to find a way to take it. Even if you are an expert in your field, you may find that knowing how to navigate workplace pitfalls is just as important to your career as technical skills.
Last year, Illinois and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore formed a partnership to research and develop curricular materials and resources for a new academy at NTU aimed at higher education leaders in Asia. This spring, Illinois experts presented the first course offered through the academy to about 35 department heads, deans and other rising university leaders.
Training in research ethics is mandatory for many US graduate students and postdocs, but there is little evidence that formal classes prompt scientists to conduct research ethically. However, the workplace climate — which includes perceptions of regulatory committees, data confidentiality and treatment of trainees — influences research practices and can spawn behaviours such as poor record-keeping or plagiarism.
What would make two young doctors risk promising careers in medicine by selling prescription drugs illegally? CSL's C.K. Gunsalus talks to a Delaware publication about the factors that may have led those physicians to participate in the underground Silk Road website.