Archive for 20 February 2010

Ashbourne Cup

Posted in Life with tags , , on 20 February 2010 by Steve

“Ashbourne Cup semi-final: UCC 0-10 UCD 0-9. UCC will meet Waterford IT in the final, Sunday.” (tweet)

[Camogie1, Twitter, 20 February]

Questions raised over foreign student influx

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 20 February 2010 by Steve

“Students from abroad are flocking to study in Swiss universities, but the development has raised concerns in some quarters. While many agree that overseas students help boost diversity and quality, a debate is raging over whether quotas should be introduced or fees raised to stem costs …” (more)

[Isobel Leybold-Johnson, swissinfo.ch, 19 February]

Death by PowerPoint – Fact or Fiction?

Posted in teaching with tags , on 20 February 2010 by Steve

“I’m working on an assignment at the moment for my PG Cert in Teaching in HE looking at the use of technology in lectures and classroom teaching. For me e-learning means the use of technology in learning opportunities, but there are still many involved in teaching in HE who are unsure about embracing technology and are concerned about teaching being technology driven etc …” (more)

[Natalie Lafferty, e-LiME, 20 February]

Ashbourne Shield

Posted in Life with tags , , , on 20 February 2010 by Steve

“Ashbourne shield semi-final CIT 8-19 Athlone IT 0-2. Purcell Cup semi IT Tralee 2-10 Garda 0-1, Maynooth 0-13 DCU 1-5.” (tweet)

[Camogie1, Twitter, 20 February]

Ashbourne Shield

Posted in Life with tags , on 20 February 2010 by Steve

“Ashbourne Shield semi-final result: Univ Limerick 6-9 NUI Galway 0-7” (tweet)

[Camogie1, Twitter, 20 February]

Ashbourne Cup

Posted in Life with tags , on 20 February 2010 by Steve

“Ashbourne Cup semi-final result: Waterford IT 2-10 UU Jordanstown 0-3” (tweet)

[Camogie1, Twitter, 20 February]

Purcell Shield

Posted in Life with tags , on 20 February 2010 by Steve

“Purcell Shield semi-final: Queens Univ Belfast 4-9 Trinity College Dublin 1-1” (tweet)

[Camogie1, Twitter, 20 February]

Flag petition

Posted in Life with tags on 20 February 2010 by Steve

“Please Retweet and Sign this Petition ‘To have a Pirate flag flying on the NUIG grounds’ – http://301.to/hmz” (tweet)

[Rick Seery, Twitter, 20 February]

Broc

Posted in Life with tags , , , on 20 February 2010 by Steve

“Day 1 in Limerick! Broc 1 beat UL to 2, NUIG to 3. Next up Trinners. Broc 2 lost to a strong Ragnarok team 13-6, and 12-9 to DCU.” (tweet)

[Broc Ultimate, Twitter, 20 February]

Euro-Asia university cooperation as a means to enrich academic quality

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 20 February 2010 by Steve

“… I would just like to look today at two main themes – how we have attempted to strengthen higher education across Europe, through the Bologna process, and how we have sought to promote cooperation with third countries in higher education …” (more)

[Alistair MacDonald, Global Higher Ed, 20 February]

Contest for Oxford poetry professor begins again

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 20 February 2010 by Steve

“The names of eminent poets including Geoffrey Hill and Anne Stevenson are being suggested as potential candidates for the Oxford professor of poetry post, as nominations open today to find a successor to last year’s controversial winner Ruth Padel. Padel was elected in May by 297 votes to Indian poet and critic Arvind Mehrotra’s 129, but resigned less than two weeks later after admitting passing on material to journalists alerting them to claims of sexual harassment which had been made against her rival for the post …” (more)

[Alison Flood, Guardian, 18 February]

Defending the University Tech Transfer System

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 20 February 2010 by Steve

“In 1980, Congress passed the Bayh-Dole Act, named for the two Senators who sponsored it – Indiana Democrat Birch Bayh and Kansas Republican Bob Dole – to allow universities to own and license to the private sector intellectual property based on their discoveries made with federal funding. The primary purpose of the act was to energize the U.S. economy. Few may have realized at the time how great an effect Bayh-Dole would have in the following 30 years …” (more)

[Arundeep S Pradhan, Business Week, 19 February]

TCD Scientist Elected Fellow of American Academy of Microbiology, the World’s Oldest Life Sciences Organisation

Posted in research with tags , on 20 February 2010 by Steve

“The prestigious American Academy of Microbiology has elected Professor of Microbiology Charles Dorman, and head of the School of Genetics and Microbiology at Trinity College Dublin, a fellow of the Academy. The Academy, the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology and the world’s oldest and largest life sciences organisation, elects fellows annually through a highly selective peer review process …” (more)

[Trinity Communications Office, 19 February]

Rowling’s being sued for plagiarism again

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 20 February 2010 by Steve

“… What these lawsuits teach us: 1. The plaintiffs haven’t paid much attention to other works in the genre. 2. Non-writers think it’s the ideas, rather than the execution, that makes a book. They’ve got that backward. 3. People who aren’t accustomed to having a lot of ideas of their own have a very poor grasp of the odds that others might independently come up with the same ideas …” (more)

[Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Making Light, 19 February]

Students at Oxford’s Christ Church accused of dealing heroin

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 20 February 2010 by Steve

“Students at one of Oxford’s most highly regarded colleges have been accused of dealing heroin as part of a ‘considerable drugs culture’. Authorities at Christ Church circulated an email warning students that they would be handed over to police if they were caught with the class A drug after an anonymous tip-off that undergraduates were allegedly selling heroin …” (more)

[Heidi Blake, Daily Telegraph, 20 February]

NUIG 2-12 Cork IT 1-12

Posted in Life with tags , on 20 February 2010 by Steve

“Goals from Seamus Hennessy and John Conlon enabled NUIG to overcome a seven-point half-time deficit and seal top place in the group. Cork IT, needing to win in Dangan to have any chance of staying in the competition, dominated the first period and led 1-10 to 0-6 at the break …” (more)

[Clare GAA, 18 February]

The green college – A glimpse of the future

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 20 February 2010 by Steve

“University College Cork yesterday gave us all a glimpse of the future and what can be done. The college became the first third-level institution in the world to get an international Green Flag award. The award recognises a green campus programme run over the last three years …” (more)

[Editorial, Irish Examiner, 20 February]

750 Saudi Arabian students to study English here

Posted in teaching with tags on 20 February 2010 by Steve

“Some 750 Saudi Arabian students are to begin studying English in Dublin this April at a new institute of education. The Citywest Institute of Education, developed by businessman Jim Mansfield, in Saggart, has secured a contract with the ministry of higher education in Saudi Arabia to tutor the students in English. The contract is worth €250 million to the company over six and a half years …” (more)

[Fiona Gartland, Irish Times, 20 February]

NIH Expands Definition of Human Embryonic Stem Cell

Posted in research with tags on 20 February 2010 by Steve

“The National Institutes of Health is slightly expanding its definition for what constitutes a human embryonic stem cell. Currently, for purposes of including cells in its stem cell registry, NIH guidelines define the cells as ‘derived from the inner cell mass of blastocyst stage human embryo’. As proposed tomorrow in the Federal Register, the definition will cover ‘early stage embryos up to and including’ the blastocyst stage …” (more)

[Constance Holden, Science Insider, 19 February]

The Joy of Teaching

Posted in teaching with tags on 20 February 2010 by Steve

“Gave my last formal lecture of the semester today. It’s quite a big class and I haven’t taught this material before, so it was a little daunting but I really enjoyed preparing it and learning some new things. It’s also been quite a proactive class, so it’s been fun to teach. I really like it when students ask questions during the lecture. Partly it forces me to stop for a minute and clarify something, but it’s also just nice to have some interaction …” (more)

[To the left of centre, 19 February]