Spotted in the Lab

Portland is known for being a rainy city, and this winter was no exception.  Last week had the first truly sunny and warm day, hinting at spring’s arrival.

Today I hung out in my computer lab as dozens of high school students toured the Physics, Chemistry, and Biology Departments during the Junior Visit Day. As I readied the lab for the rounds of visitors, I noticed a new drawing on the whiteboard.

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I could not agree more.

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Guest Post: What Is Happening With Tenure In Madison?

Some thoughts about Madison’s tenure issue.

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J Doe is a [something ranked] Professor in STEM. S/he chooses to write this post anonymously, in part to make a point about the value of tenure and the protection it affords faculty from becoming political targets.  

Many of us in Madison are getting questions about what is happening with tenure, and the national media hasn’t adequately captured the reasons why there is a controversy. Cathy asked me if I could provide some insight, which I will do sort of “politifact” style. I choose to do so anonymously, in part to make a point about the value of tenure and the protection it affords faculty from becoming political targets.

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CLAIM: What is happening in Wisconsin is the end of tenure as we know it.

RATING: Maybe

FACT: The authority to define the terms of tenure is being moved from state law to the Board of…

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