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Evolutionary biologists have long studied how the Mexican tetra, a drab fish that lives in rivers and creeks but has...
Victorian astronomers spent countless hours laboriously charting the positions of stars in the sky. Such sky mapping,...
In an ambitious project to study 1000 years of sickness and health, researchers are excavating the graveyard of the now...
Stefan Behnisch has won awards for designing science labs and other buildings that are smart, sustainable, and...
The iconic 125-year-old Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton near San Jose, California, is facing the threat of closure...
Recent results from the Curiosity Mars rover have helped scientists formulate a plan for the next phase of its mission...
A new, remarkably powerful drug that cripples the hepatitis C virus (HCV) came to market last week, but it sells for $...
In pretoothbrush populations, gumlines would often be marred by a thick, visible crust of calcium phosphate, food...
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Frazzled by that hulk of plastic and silicon chips staring you down? You aren't the only one. Computers are a major stress in many professors' lives, according to a new survey of 33,785 faculty members. Two-thirds reported that "keeping up with information technology (IT)" is a source of stress, outranking research and publishing demands, teaching load, and the promotion process--but not as anxiety-provoking as time pressures, household demands, or institutional red tape. The survey, by the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, concludes that IT stress "is quite likely a reflection of the time faculty invest in [IT]."
Younger faculty are the heaviest users and the least stressed out (see chart). Most faculty use e-mail, while around a third use the Internet for research or to post or collect course material. The most computer-savvy discipline is perhaps no surprise: "The engineers were always highest" in tasks done on the computer, says co-author Linda Sax. Physical scientists also fell near the top, while biologists were "in the middle," above scholars in the humanities. Despite their own frustrations with IT, 87% of faculty agreed that computers help students learn faster.