Archive for 4 February 2010

Are They Students? Or ‘Customers’?

Posted in teaching with tags on 4 February 2010 by Steve

“A recent article in The Chicago Tribune described a continuing debate in business schools over whether their enrollees should be regarded as ‘customers’ rather than as traditional students. Should the students have more say over what they are taught and even how they are judged? …” (more)

[New York Times, 4 February]

Gene Patents Under Legal Attack

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 4 February 2010 by Steve

“Federal court hearings continued Tuesday on a lawsuit that could transform biotechnology in the United States by eliminating gene patents. The case hinges around the claims of Utah-based Myriad Genetics on BRCA1 and BRCA2, a pair of genes closely linked to breast and ovarian cancer. Myriad ‘owns’ the genes, and says its patents make it possible to profit on diagnostic tests. The company argues that if you remove the patents, the tests — indeed, commercial biotechnology as we know it — will vanish …” (more)

[Brandon Keim, Wired, 4 February]

Milestone for UCC Doctoral Students

Posted in research with tags , on 4 February 2010 by Steve

“UCC has marked a significant achievement in doctoral education as, for the first time in its history, there are over 1,000 doctoral students now registered in the University. This number has more than doubled since 2003, and students from all over the world are now studying for doctoral degrees in almost every discipline within UCC …” (more)

[UCC Media and Communications, 4 February]

Google to Invest in Cambridge University Initiative

Posted in research with tags , , on 4 February 2010 by Steve

“Google yesterday announced investment in a number of university research projects across the US. The University of Cambridge however is set to become the only university outside of the US to receive a grant in this round of funding. The investment will go to Cambridge University’s green technology initiative …” (more)

[The Next Web, 4 February]

Counter-terrorism officers target universities

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 4 February 2010 by Steve

“A number of institutions have been identified by counter-terrorism officers amid fears students are in danger of being groomed by fanatics. David Lammy, the Higher Education Minister, insisted the threat posed to universities had been exaggerated but admitted that it remained an ‘extremely serious issue’ …” (more)

[Graeme Paton, Daily Telegraph, 4 February]

What kind of economics should we teach?

Posted in teaching with tags on 4 February 2010 by Steve

“If you’re interested in economics education, and the type of economics we teach on a daily basis, have a listen to this debate at the LSE on different types of economics, the profession’s obsession with mathematics, and where some of the profession’s leading lights have gone astray …” (more)

[Stephen Kinsella, 4 February]

Double standards on fees?

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 4 February 2010 by Steve

“Grave anxiety in the Times that middle-class students might have to pay higher contributions post-graduation … difficult to feel a huge amount of sympathy for this special pleading, especially in the light of another piece in the same edition of the paper which explains how much middle-class parents are prepared to stump up for extra tuition …” (more)

[Registrarism, 4 February]