Archive for 12 November 2009

Numbers, numbers

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 12 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Today the Higher Education Authority (HEA) announced the number of students in Irish universities and colleges. We had already known that the figures would show a significant increase over last year, and we now see that over the past two years student numbers have grown by some 14 per cent. This comes against the backdrop of significant cuts in state funding for higher education …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 12 November]

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Genie hope for diabetics

Posted in research with tags , on 12 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“What is written in your genes may well dictate whether you develop kidney failure caused by diabetes. An international team hopes to read the genetic code and reveal who is at greatest risk of the disease. University College Dublin (UCD) is to play a key part in a €7 million study that will involve scientists North and South and also teams in the US. Announced this month, the Irish effort will be led by UCD’s Prof Catherine Godson …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 12 November]

Sounds of Science Week Ireland

Posted in teaching with tags on 12 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“We host more than 300 second level students in Tipperary Institute for Science Week Ireland this year. Our visitors will watch how to take apart a computer game and mash up new sounds, on-screen moves and images for the game. These are the kinds of tasks normally assessed in both the Games Development and Creative Multimedia curricula …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View, 10 November]

When it comes to pornography, vulgar humanities are happy to talk turkey

Posted in research with tags , , on 12 November 2009 by Steve

UK“When Alan McKee submitted a paper on pornography to a leading social science journal, he did not attempt to spare readers’ blushes. But the language he used did more than raise eyebrows: it earned him a ticking-off from the academic referees who reviewed the paper …” (more)

[Rebecca Attwood, Times Higher Education, 12 November]

Canada Will Require Foreign Students to Submit Biometric Identification Data

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 12 November 2009 by Steve

Canada“International students applying for study visas to Canada will be required to provide biometric identification details, such as fingerprints, within two years, according to a senior Canadian immigration official who spoke here on Wednesday at the annual conference of the Canadian Bureau for International Education …” (more)

[Karen Birchard, Chronicle of Higher Education, 11 November]