Archive for 3 November 2008

More Irish colleges are interested in promising Embryonic Stem Cell research

Posted in research with tags , , , on 3 November 2008 by Steve

“After the acceptance of embryonic stem cell for research by the governing body of University College Cork, UCC, two more Irish colleges are expected to carry out trials with the same promising embryonic stem cell. This incident will increase pressure on government to legislate on stem cell research. To allow the researchers in NUI Galway (NUIG) for embryonic stem cell research, the college officials are planning to seek permission from the university governing body. While the management at Trinity College Dublin said they are considering following the example set by UCC which last week announced it will allow embryonic stem cells to be used by scientists …” (more)

[Stem Cell Research Blog, 3 November]

Re-imagining university teaching

Posted in teaching with tags , on 3 November 2008 by Steve

“It is a frequently made comment that while the world around us has changed dramatically over the past 100 years, university teaching has not. You could, so some would say, enter a typical university classroom anywhere in the world and take away more or less the same pedagogical experience you would have had in 1908. I think we need to take such comments with a grain of salt: university classes are now conducted in facilities which, often, are quite different from their Edwardian counterparts, and we have access to (and use) technology that was not even dreamt of back then: bear in mind the ubiquitousness of Powerpoint, for example. And then again, think of all the modularisation and credit transfers and goodness knows what that have transformed the university curriculum. And yet, there is some truth in the assertion …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 3 November]

What researcher in a cosy, well-funded lab wants to venture out into the chilly commercial climate?

Posted in research with tags , on 3 November 2008 by Steve

“There is some very clever thinking apparent in the newly-published report on how to provide a career structure for our research scientists. The report also shows how our existing research funding system can produce unwanted impacts, which a proper career structure should help to address. The Advisory Science Council appointed a task force on researcher careers to help develop a strategy. It hired Technopolis Ltd to conduct a study, develop ideas and examine best practice based on what was happening abroad. The resulting report makes for interesting reading …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 3 November]

The future of DCU

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 3 November 2008 by Steve

“A few robust weeks lie ahead. It is important for us to remember that what we are trying to do is to continue the possibility of responsible, open, and high-standard teaching, learning, and research at a state university. Had either Fanning or Cahill lost, that chance would already be gone. As it is, the chances are high that we will be able to change the culture of DCU to a far more democratic and open one. There are obviously certain matters, described on this site, that require a formal complaint to the Gardai. It is also clear that SIPTU seem finally to have seen the light, and we will see how they perform. Finally, Arthur Cox solrs. are due a complaint to the Law society. Following are some proposals for restructuring …” (more)

[Seán Ó Nualláin, University Blog on Academic Tenure in Ireland, 2 November]