Archive for 22 February 2010

Hackers are now attacking Irish computers As Gaeilge

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 22 February 2010 by Steve

“Cyber criminals are launching even more targeted attacks at Irish computer users. Native Irish-language speakers are being spammed As Gaeilge and are no longer just random spam recipients …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 22 February]

What’s Your Name?

Posted in research with tags on 22 February 2010 by Steve

“The massive growth in academic publishing in the last ten years has made it difficult for individual researchers to stand out, especially if you’ve got a common name; Web of Science lists 613 different J Smiths. You can be creative with your middle initial by being JX Smith, or stand out as the only J Smith in your institution. But what about when you move jobs, or if you change your name with marriage? …” (more)

[Jack Hyland, Read Around Research, 22 February]

Business leaders attack university cap

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 22 February 2010 by Steve

“Business leaders have attacked Scottish ministers for saving money by capping the number of science and engineering students entering university. Higher education institutions could be fined if they exceed the limits, which have been imposed amid uncertainty over the funding that Scotland can expect from Westminster next year …” (more)

[Simon Johnson, Daily Telegraph, 22 February]

Ireland must learn to commercialise its research

Posted in research with tags , on 22 February 2010 by Steve

“… Ireland must be able to commercialise research if it is truly going to make the smart economy work and see off the emerging economies with cheaper cost bases, opined Prof Peter Russo, chairman of Strascheg Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the European Business School (EBS), Frankfurt, who was speaking today at an Engineers Ireland lecture on innovation …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 22 February]

Academic quits bullying helpline over outing of No 10 staff

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 22 February 2010 by Steve

“An academic involved in a row over claims of bullying at 10 Downing Street has said he fears key workplace relations issues will be drowned out in the political controversy. Cary Cooper, professor of organisational psychology and health at Lancaster University, resigned as a patron of the National Bullying Helpline today …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 22 February]

Working Smarter for the Economy

Posted in teaching with tags on 22 February 2010 by Steve

“On the 12th of March, the Irish government releases its report on how we will create the smart economy in Ireland. I have a few ideas that I’m trying right across the table at work with the latest crop of smart graduates. I am working with a small project team to improve innovation in their project work. My process starts by looking at what is to be shipped. At the end of a successful project, third year creative multimedia projects should identify potential opportunities related to what they design and build …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View, 22 February]

Tyndall breakthrough to revolutionise microchip manufacturing

Posted in research with tags on 22 February 2010 by Steve

“A team of scientists at the Tyndall National Institute, UCC have designed and fabricated the world’s first junctionless transistor that could revolutionise microchip manufacturing in the semiconductor industry. Professor Jean-Pierre Colinge’s breakthrough on the microchip transistor was published today in Nature Nanotechnology, one of the most prestigious scientific research publications …” (more)

[Education Ireland, 22 February]