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Using lists of names collected from publicly available websites, two University of Chicago researchers have revealed distinctive patterns in higher education systems, ranging from ethnic representation and gender imbalance in the sciences, to the presence of academic couples, and even the illegal hiring of relatives in Italian universities.

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What does the field of science look like?

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Social science and public policy have always been connected, to varying degrees of success.

Cyberinfrastructure is the connective tissue for computational science, tying together the research projects, resources, software, data, networks, and people needed to make important discoveries.

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To build a sustainable career, many scientists have to balance safe research that will likely be published with ambitious, riskier experiments. A new paper from CI Senior Fellows James Evans and Andrey Rzhetsky, with UCLA assistant professor of sociology Jacob Foster, finds that these cultural pressures handicap scientific innovation, encouraging incremental research to the detriment of bolder discoveries. 

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Text mining is often discussed in the context of humanities research or marketing, where an enormous pool of text can be computationally sifted for new insight or targeted advertising.

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England and the United States have been described as “two countries separated by a common language.” The same observation could be made about science, though in the case of scientific disciplines,

Much has been made of the potential of large and complex datasets to revolutionize scientific discovery in life sciences, social science, and the humanities.