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Female PhD holders become proudly immodest

A doctor of history has sparked the latest academic Twitter spat. Dr Fern Riddell, a Research Associate at English university Royal Holloway, changed her Twitter name, adding the ‘Dr’ prefix, with the following explanation: My title is Dr Fern Riddell, not ...

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Strictly speaking | Eveninger

The online Oxford English Dictionary has regular updates, and an entry added last month was for the word eveninger. It’s actually quite an old term, first cited in the US in 1932 as an item of women’s evening wear, but ...

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On the move – April

WSU renews Glover’s term Western Sydney University board members have unanimously voted to renew Professor Barney Glover’s term as vice-chancellor and president. Glover joined the university in 2014, and will now remain in the roles until December 2023. WSU chancellor ...

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At the edges of respectability

Anthropologist Lisa Wynn talks predatory publishing and the study of love, sex and desire. What is your name, where are you based and what do you do? I’m Lisa Wynn, but I publish as L.L. Wynn, and I am an associate professor ...

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No misconduct for controversial scientist

Maryanne Demasi has been cleared of academic misconduct by an inquiry commissioned by her alma mater: the University of Adelaide. The medical scientist turned controversial science journalist, best known as the former presenter of ABC show Catalyst, had been accused of duplicating ...

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On the move: February

Commissioners reappointed TEQSA has announced the reappointment of three commissioners. Professor Nick Saunders will continue as chief commissioner, with Dr Lin Martin and Professor Cliff Walsh as commissioners. Saunders served as vice-chancellor of the University of Newcastle from 2004 to ...

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