Archive for 6 February 2010

Ashbourne Cup

Posted in Life with tags , , , , , , on 6 February 2010 by Steve

“Ashbourne Cup quarter-final results: Waterford IT 4-18 Cork IT 0-6; UCD 5-12 NUIG 1-8; UCC 0-11 U Limerick 0-9.” (tweet)

[Camogie, Twitter, 6 February]

Feeding my blog to my earbuds

Posted in teaching with tags on 6 February 2010 by Steve

“… I also know that the level of learning in my Tipperary Institute classrooms goes up a notch when I embed audio into my blog posts. During the academic year, I try to ensure those audio clips relate to classroom discussion and examination topics …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View, 6 February]

Cat owners more likely to have a degree than dog owners, study says

Posted in research with tags , , on 6 February 2010 by Steve

“The respective merits of cats and dogs as domestic pets have long been debated, but now a crucial new difference has emerged: cat owners are smarter. A study says that cat owners are more likely to have a degree than dog owners …” (more)

[HT: TheHistoryWoman]
[Valentine Low, Times, 6 February]

Assault probe follows tragic crash

Posted in Life with tags on 6 February 2010 by Steve

“Gardai are investigating reports that a student who died after being struck by two cars may have been assaulted earlier in the evening. Adam Buggy (22), from Tralee, Co Kerry, died when he was accidentally knocked down by one vehicle and then run over by a second car on the South Link Road in Cork at around midnight on Thursday …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 6 February]

ESB not aware of likely damage to Cork city from dam waters

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 6 February 2010 by Steve

“The ESB has insisted it was not aware of the likely damage to Cork city when it released more than 520 cubic metres of water per second from the Inniscarra dam in November last year …” (more)

[Fiachra O Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 6 February]

The New Math on Campus

Posted in Life with tags on 6 February 2010 by Steve

“When women outnumber men at a college, dating culture is skewed … In terms of academic advancement, this is hardly the worst news for women – hoist a mug for female achievement. And certainly, women are primarily in college not because they are looking for men, but because they want to earn a degree. But surrounded by so many other successful women, they often find it harder than expected to find a date on a Friday night …” (more)

[Alex Williams, New York Times, 5 February]

Universities face cash questions

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 6 February 2010 by Steve

“This has been a sobering couple of weeks for universities. It began with the warning from the Russell Group of universities that the whole system risked ‘meltdown’ as a result of the overall spending cuts announced by the government …” (more)

[Mike Baker, BBC News, 6 February]

Peer review: What is it good for?

Posted in research with tags , on 6 February 2010 by Steve

“It hasn’t been a real good week for peer review. In the same week that the Lancet fully retract the original Wakefield MMR article (while keeping the retraction behind a login screen – way to go there on public understanding of science), the main stream media went to town on the report of 14 stem cell scientists writing an open letter making the claim that peer review in that area was being dominated by a small group of people blocking the publication of innovative work …” (more)

[Cameron Neylon,  Science in the Open, 5 February]

University Puts Researchers on YouTube to Stir Commercial Interest

Posted in research with tags , on 6 February 2010 by Steve

“Stephen Kinsey wanted to find a more personal way to connect inventors at his university to businesses that might be interested in their creations. So he let researchers do the talking, explaining their work in videos on a YouTube channel created at the University of Maryland at Baltimore last month …” (more)

[Jill Laster, Chronicle of Higher Education, 5 February]

College Makes Students More Liberal, but Not Smarter About Civics, Study Finds

Posted in Life with tags on 6 February 2010 by Steve

“While many graduates of American colleges cannot answer basic civics questions, a higher education does make their opinions more liberal on controversial social issues, according to a new report issued on Friday by an academic think tank. The Intercollegiate Studies Institute, an independent group with a tradition-minded view of issues, asked about 2,500 randomly selected people more than 100 questions to gauge their civic knowledge, public philosophy, civic behavior, and demographics …” (more)

[Jill Laster, Chronicle of Higher Education, 5 February]