Archive for 15 November 2009

Search for Cork student enters third day

Posted in Life with tags on 15 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“A search for a 19-year-old student of University College Cork is entering its third day …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 15 November]

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Mastering the business

Posted in teaching with tags , on 15 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“One hundred years ago a university introduced a programme into its curriculum which was to have a profound impact on the way in which graduate education developed. The then newly established Graduate School of Business Administration at Harvard University offered the world’s first Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 15 November]

Is Strategic Planning Possible?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 15 November 2009 by Steve

USA“Having now endured innumerable meetings dealing with budget reductions, I am beginning to realize reluctantly that budget cutting can never be done in a rational way during a budget crisis. If any institution should be able to address its budget problems rationally, you would think that it would be a university. Alas, this is not the case …” (more)

[Arnold van der Valk, A Crumbling Ivory Tower?, 14 November]

Fight the flu – get an education

Posted in Life with tags , , on 15 November 2009 by Steve

USA“American researchers have come up with a new, and rather compelling, reason to get an education – it can protect you from illnesses such as swine flu. A University of Michigan study has found that people who did not earn a high school diploma are not only more likely to get illnesses but may also find vaccines less effective compared with those who did graduate with a diploma …” (more)

[University World News, 15 November]

Poor staff relations threaten Birmingham’s sociology department

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 15 November 2009 by Steve

UK“The faculty has also been criticised for a poor RAE showing and a lack of research grants. Tensions between academics have been cited as one reason why the University of Birmingham’s sociology department should be closed …” (more)

[Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education, 15 November]

Case spotlights Dead Sea Scrolls, fake e-mails

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 15 November 2009 by Steve

USA“Students and university officials started getting e-mails last year in which a prominent Judaic studies scholar seemed to make a startling confession: he had committed plagiarism. The messages, it turned out, were a hoax. Prosecutors filed criminal charges in New York, saying a lawyer sent the messages to tarnish the professor, his father’s rival …” (more)

[Jennifer Peltz, University World News, 15 November]

Universities look for heat underground

Posted in research with tags , , on 15 November 2009 by Steve

USA“In an effort to cut their carbon footprints, a handful of universities around America are turning to ground-source heat exchangers and geothermal heating – sometimes with the help of federal financing …” (more)

[Kate Galbraith, University World News, 15 November]