Archive for 20 June 2009

University challenged

Posted in Life with tags on 20 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“SOCIAL HISTORY: Trinity Tales: Trinity College Dublin in the Sixties, Edited by Sebastian Balfour, Laurie Howes, Michael de Larrabeiti, Anthony Weale, The Lilliput Press, 271pp. €20. I thought I would like this book before I opened it. I saw the necessity for it before I knew it existed. There’s a reason for these unvigilant attitudes. Most people see their college years as intimate, formative and unnerving. But after a lifetime of hoarding memories, what they usually confront, sooner or later, is disappointing and unrepresentative: an official history of their university, complete with maps, dates and donors. Utterly emptied out of the late nights, the cobbled lumps of moonlight, the conversations, the revelations. The title of this book announces its difference …” (more)

[Eavan Boland, Irish Times, 20 June]

[An extract is here.]

DCU to lead research on teaching of science

Posted in teaching with tags , on 20 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Teachers, students, parents and scientists will be called upon to help find ways of improving how science subjects are taught in the classroom. The effort is part of a €3.4 million EU research project to be led by Dublin City University. The goal will be to increase student interest and enjoyment of science subjects according to DCU’s Dr Eilish McLoughlin who has been appointed principal investigator for the project …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 20 June]

Student sues academics for defamation

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 20 June 2009 by Steve

Australia“A PhD student is suing two senior academics for defamation after they branded his TV comedy about people with disabilities as ‘amoral trash’. Michael Noonan is seeking $250,000 in damages from Gary MacLennan and John Hookham, of Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) film and television school, over an article they wrote in The Australian newspaper in April 2007. The article was about a TV comedy featuring two people with intellectual disabilities, which Mr Noonan had written as part of his thesis, Laughing at the Disabled: Creating Comedy that Confronts, Offends and Entertains …” (more)

[The Australian Higher Education, 19 June]

Praise For University Spin Out Companies

Posted in research with tags on 20 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Minister of State Tony Killeen TD said this week that university-based research throughout Ireland was playing a valuable role in helping the country overcome the current economic downturn. The Minister pointed out that over €160m has been generated this year from companies that have grown out of university-based research, which includes research projects at the University of Limerick and NUI Galway. The Clare TD added that more than 100 high value companies have emerged from third level institutions in the last three to five years …” (more)

[Government Press Release, 19 June]