Archive for 7 February 2010

Researchers at UCC have successfully developed DNA vaccines

Posted in research with tags on 7 February 2010 by Steve

“’We are excited about the promise of this treatment strategy as the DNA vaccination strategy has the potential to be applied in clinical settings in combination with other available therapeutic options’, says Dr Mark Tangney, principal investigator of the research …” (more)

[Education Ireland, 7 February]

The High Cost of Low Educational Performance

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 7 February 2010 by Steve

“A new OECD report examines the relationship between education and economic growth. While governments frequently commit to improving the quality of education, it often slips down the policy agenda. Because investing in education only pays off in the future, it is possible to underestimate the value and the importance of improvements …” (more)

[Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 7 February]

Public sector unions move to reduce membership fees

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 7 February 2010 by Steve

“Most public sector unions are set to reduce membership fees or have already done so following the pay cuts imposed in December’s budget. The Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO), which charges a set annual fee of €386, will discuss a motion at its conference in Galway at Easter to decrease fees by around 6% …” (more)

[Martin Frawley, Sunday Tribune, 7 February]

NCI president says focus must be on education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 7 February 2010 by Steve

“The new president of the National College of Ireland (NCI) has said it is vital that the education sector remains large enough to provide the skills to cope with an economic recovery. Dr Philip Matthews, who is a former Ireland rugby captain, said Ireland must try to maintain its position and reputation as a producer of a well educated workforce …” (more)

[Martha Kearns, Sunday Business Post, 7 February]

Unions won’t lie down yet

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 7 February 2010 by Steve

“As the public sector trade unions enter the third week of low-grade disruption tomorrow, the government has signalled it wants to reopen talks on a programme of reform for the public service. The government and the unions are acutely aware of the risk of an escalation with every week that passes …” (more)

[Niamh Connolly, Sunday Business Post, 7 February]

Innovation is key to pharma sector future

Posted in research with tags , on 7 February 2010 by Steve

“The collapse of the property market has left the economy with a huge hole that will be difficult to fill. One of the few sectors that offers hope of growth is the pharmaceutical industry, with senior executives convinced that genuine opportunities remain for Ireland Inc. But, while opportunities are presented by the changing international pharmaceutical environment, there are also great risks …” (more)

[Samantha McCaughren, Sunday Business Post, 7 February]

Freedom of the University Press

Posted in research with tags , on 7 February 2010 by Steve

“The November issue of The Writer carried an interesting article titled ‘Is a University Press Right For You?’ in which Paola Corso ticked off the positives of publishing through a university press rather than a big-house publisher. Though the article is geared for writers, I thought it a good opportunity to tweak it toward the reader considering the wealth of authorship under its care …” (more)

[Megan Shaffer, Night Light Revue, 7 February]