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]

Academic Meetings and Boycotts

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

“The locations of academic meetings continue to provide calls for boycotts and much debate. Some new developments: Some political scientists have organized a boycott of the American Political Science Association’s 2012 meeting because it is in New Orleans and Louisiana voters have approved measures banning not only gay marriage, but many potential benefits for domestic partners …” (more)

[Inside Higher Ed, 22 February]

Format War Heats Up Among Publishers of Electronic Textbooks

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

“Major textbook publishers are firing the first shots in a format war over their electronic editions, with several players hoping to control distribution to students and to make used textbooks extinct in a future they see as increasingly digital. Macmillan Publishers plans to announce on Monday its entry in the battle …” (more)

[Jeffrey R Young, Inside Higher Ed, 22 February]

Modern students ‘more conservative than previous generations’

Posted in Life with tags on 22 February 2010 by Steve

“Modern students are more conservative in their views than previous generations, research suggests. Almost one in five would increase the age of consent for heterosexual sex, more than eight out of 10 would not legalise Class C drugs and fewer than half support free music downloads, according to The National College of Legal Training …” (more)

[Daily Telegraph, 22 February]

“Universities are crumbling”…

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

The Guardian claims a bit of a scoop following a Freedom of Information request on building conditions in universities: ‘Scores of university halls of residences and lecture theatres in the UK were judged “at serious risk of major failure or breakdown” and “unfit for purpose”, a secret database obtained after a legal battle by the Guardian reveals …’” (more)

[Registrarism, 22 February]

Holy Land ‘action plan’ in place to stop riots

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

“Over 370 students were disciplined by Northern Ireland’s two universities for anti-social behaviour during the first term of this academic year. As action continues to be taken against students’ off-campus antics, Queen’s University and the University of Ulster are also putting plans in place in an attempt to prevent a repeat of the riots which took place in the Holy Land area of Belfast last St Patrick’s Day …” (more)

[Kathryn Torney, Belfast Telegraph, 22 February]

Louth lose to DCU

Posted in Life with tags on 22 February 2010 by Steve

“DCU gained revenge for last year’s final defeat to the same opposition, becoming the first third level college to be crowned O’Byrne Cup champions. The Glasnevin outfit lifted the Leinster trophy after a tigerish 1-15 to 0-17 win over Louth at Dowdallshill in Dundalk …” (more)

[Dundalk Examiner, 21 February]

Journal honours UCC geology head

Posted in Life with tags on 22 February 2010 by Steve

“The head of the geology department at University College Cork (UCC) has been honoured by the prestigious Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. Prof John Gamble has three terrestrial landmarks named in his honour – a glacier and a mountain in Antarctica, as well as an underwater volcano off Tonga …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 22 February]

Considering the student experience

Posted in Life with tags on 22 February 2010 by Steve

“In the course of this year we are likely, as a country, to adopt many of the decisions and policies that will determine the future of higher education. We will see the publication of the strategic review of higher education (which is chaired by Colin Hunt), and of the Innovation Taskforce. By one route or another we will get further clarity on the future funding and resourcing of higher education …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 22 February]

Sweden Will Start Charging Tuition to Foreign Students Next Year

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

“The Swedish government announced on Friday that, beginning in the fall of 2011, foreign students from outside the European Union, the European Economic Area, and Switzerland will be charged tuition at Swedish universities. As is still the case in a handful of other European countries, including much of Germany, tuition at public universities in Sweden is free and fully subsidized through taxes, with no distinction made for foreign students …” (more)

[Aisha Labi, Chronicle of Higher Education, 21 February]

Reactions: Is Tenure a Matter of Life or Death?

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

“… Bishop’s tenure denial may or may not be relevant to the shootings, but some scholars are asking what role, if any, the stresses of academic life played in the tragedy. What are the psychological effects of academic culture, particularly on rising scholars? Can or should something be done to change that culture? The Chronicle asked a group of scholars and experts what they thought …” (more)

[The Chronicle Review, 21 February]

Sex, students and celibacy

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

“Madam, – As an Irish third-level student I take exception to M Clenaghan’s letter (February 15th) which suggests that the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is acting inappropriately by providing free condoms to third-level students as part of its Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance campaign …” (more)

[Paul O’Dwyer, Irish Times, 22 February]

‘Short nap now and again will make you smarter’ – professor

Posted in Life with tags on 22 February 2010 by Steve

“Students cramming for the Leaving take note – having a short nap now and again will make you smarter. Grabbing a quick snooze helps the brain to clear its memory ‘inbox’, leaving more room for more facts and figures, according to a psychology professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Conversely, pulling an all-nighter is definitely the wrong way to go …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 22 February]

DCU enjoy Sigerson boost as Roche steps up to mark

Posted in Life with tags on 22 February 2010 by Steve

DCU 1-15 LOUTH 0-17 O’Byrne Cup Final: The students of DCU have the important matter of a Sigerson Cup semi-final against NUI Maynooth this Friday and they gave themselves a confidence-booster for that tie with this victory at St Brigid’s Park, Dowdallshill, yesterday …” (more)

[Sean Wall, Independent, 22 February]