Archive for 21 February 2010

Purcell Cup final

Posted in Life with tags , on 21 February 2010 by Steve

“Purcell Cup final result
DIT 1-5 IT Tralee 0-5;” (tweet)

[Camogie1, Twitter, 21 February]

Ashbourne Cup final

Posted in Life with tags , on 21 February 2010 by Steve

“Ashbourne Cup final:
WIT 0-11 UCC 1-6” (tweet)

[Camogie1, Twitter, 21 February]

Ashbourne Shield and Purcell Shield

Posted in Life with tags , , , on 21 February 2010 by Steve

“Ashbourne Shield final result: U Limerick 1-10 Cork IT 1-4; Purcell Shield final Queens Univ Belfast 1-8 NUI Maynooth 0-8;” (tweet)

[Camogie1, Twitter, 21 February]

Universities told to consider dope tests as student use of ‘smart drugs’ soars

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 21 February 2010 by Steve

“Cambridge scientist calls for ethical debate on drugs bought on internet that boost alertness and attention. Universities must investigate measures, including random dope testing, to tackle the increasing use of cognitive enhancment drugs by students for exams, a leading behavioural neuro­scientist warns …” (more)

[Caroline Davies, Observer, 21 February]

New demand to introduce college fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 21 February 2010 by Steve

“College fees are set to return to the political agenda, despite being ruled out last October when ministers reviewed the programme for government. An expert group on third-level education, chaired by economist Colin Hunt, is to recommend that students make a contribution towards the cost of their college education in a report to be published shortly …” (more)

[Stephen O’Brien, Sunday Times, 21 February]

Higher education: winning over a sceptical public

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 21 February 2010 by Steve

“I have recently come across a rather interesting American organization: Public Agenda. This is a non-profit, non-partisan body which aims to do research and put important information and metrics into the public domain in order to support and assist public debate and policy-making. Recently Public Agenda has undertaken a survey into the public’s attitudes towards universities …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzysnki, University Blog, 21 February]

Twitter for scientists launched online

Posted in research with tags on 21 February 2010 by Steve

“A scientific version of popular social-networking site Twitter has been launched. Called ‘Sciencefeed’, its owners describe it as a ‘real time micro-blogging tool designed for scientists’. The aim is to speed up international scientific debate, with rapid-fire exchanges of thought between informed academics …” (more)

[Keith Nuthall, University World News, 21 February]

Amy Bishop: why no red flags were waved

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 21 February 2010 by Steve

“Neurobiologist Amy Bishop, charged with killing three faculty colleagues at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, had a squeaky-clean public record despite several brushes with the law. There’s more than one reason her record didn’t follow her. After the bloodletting at the university, police ran a background check on Bishop, who they suspect of methodically gunning down six colleagues, killing three. ‘Nothing came up’, said an Alabama police official …” (more)

[Patrik Jonsson, University World News, 21 February]

Universities face budget cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 21 February 2010 by Steve

“The global economic crisis has led to budget cuts in the education sector in member states across the European Union at a time when the bloc is seeking to boost its economy by, among other things, putting education at the centre of its new economic strategy …” (more)

[Helena Spongenberg, University World News, 21 February]

Dilemma over academic meeting in Uganda

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 21 February 2010 by Steve

“The American Political Science Association is among several disciplinary associations that have found themselves caught in debates over whether to hold meetings in locales that some want to boycott. In 2008, the association rejected calls by some to move the 2012 meeting out of New Orleans because Louisiana has adopted a stringent ban on gay marriage. Now the association is facing yet more criticism from boycott organisers …” (more)

[Scott Jaschik, University World News, 21 February]

A Case for Tenure That Some See as Falling Short

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 21 February 2010 by Steve

“Neurobiologists say Amy Bishop did not actually have an exciting new idea for treating degenerative nervous system diseases like multiple sclerosis or Alzheimer’s. And her invention of a better petri dish did not seem like something that is needed or wanted in research laboratories …” (more)

[Gina Kolata, New York Times, 20 February]

Chinese institutions tied to online attacks

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 21 February 2010 by Steve

“A series of online attacks on Google and dozens of other American corporations have been traced to computers at two educational institutions in China, including one with close ties to the Chinese military, say people involved in the investigation …” (more)

[John Markoff and David Barboza, University World News, 21 February]

Financial crisis hits universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 21 February 2010 by Steve

“Spain’s economic crisis is beginning to bite, hitting top Spanish universities – including the Universidad Complutense which joined The Europaeum in 2003. The government’s austerity measures kicked in from January and, although education was to be protected, public universities are feeling the pressure as regional authorities propose substantial cuts that will hit higher education …” (more)

[University World News, 21 February]

Scrap middle-class bursaries, universities told

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 21 February 2010 by Steve

“Universities have been told to scrap bursaries to middle class students to support only the poorest undergraduates. In an era of funding cuts, bursaries for those from ‘higher income’ homes and non-means tested scholarships should be cut to target resources more ‘efficiently’, according to the Office for Fair Access (OFFA), the higher education access regulator …” (more)

[Julie Henry, Daily Telegraph, 20 February]

Sacked professor back in the news

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 21 February 2010 by Steve

“The sacked professor of medieval history at University of Oslo, Arnved Nedkvitne, is contributing to the largest media coverage for the university for a long time. Nedkvitne lost his court case against the university after demanding his professorship back and financial compensation. Now a variety of issues related to the case has hit Oslo’s newspaper headlines …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 21 February]

UCLA Drops Copyrighted Videos From Course Web Sites After Legal Threat

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 21 February 2010 by Steve

“The University of California at Los Angeles has stopped posting copyrighted videos on course Web sites after complaints from an educational-media trade group, leaving other colleges that regularly post multimedia for their students worried about repercussions …” (more)

[Jill Laster, Chronicle of Higher Education, 21 February]

University Tech Transfer Proving Recession Proof?

Posted in research with tags , on 21 February 2010 by Steve

“While nearly all of the economic indicators for the country were falling rapidly, the commercialization of university-generated technologies quietly continued to move into the market place at an increasing pace, according to the latest survey conducted by the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) …” (more)

[Innovation Daily, 20 February]

More researchers in developing countries

Posted in research with tags on 21 February 2010 by Steve

“A new study by the Montreal-based Unesco Institute for Statistics has identified a startling 56% increase in the number of researchers in developing countries between 2002 and 2007. In the same period, numbers in developed countries grew by less than 9% although women are still under-represented in research in both …” (more)

[Michael Gardner, University World News, 21 February]

Aiming for 5,000 foreign PhDs

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 21 February 2010 by Steve

“One in four doctorate candidates in Sweden are foreign citizens. There were 4,179 of them in 2008 in a PhD student population of 16,900, an increase since 1999 of 62%. Of newly-recruited doctoral students in 2008, 32% or 1040 people were foreigners, up from 19% in 1999. The annual increase was 19% between 2007 and 2008 alone, indicating a significant change in the recruitment pattern …” (more)

[University World News, 21 February]

Science and Violence: The Career of Amy Bishop

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 21 February 2010 by Steve

“1965: Born on April 24. 1986: Fatally shot younger brother with a shotgun at their home in Braintree, Mass. Police reported it as an accident …” (more)

[Chronicle of Higher Education, 21 February]