Archive for 25 February 2010

Developing relationships with Saudi Arabia

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 25 February 2010 by Steve

“… The day proved a tremendous success in terms of enabling all parties to become familiar with one another and in building the personal relationships that are so central to international partnerships. The ambassador had an opportunity to visit some of AIT’s research and innovation facilities, the new engineering and informatics complex, as well as meet with the 25 Saudi students who have been attending AIT since September last year. The students who are undertaking full-time undergraduate programmes in engineering, science and business, have integrated remarkably well into campus life and especially into life in the Irish midlands …” (more)

[Ciarán Ó Catháin, A President’s Notebook, 25 February]

Loutish student behaviour is sick and vulgar

Posted in Life with tags , , on 25 February 2010 by Steve

“Dear Editor, I recently observed the ‘Raise and Give’ slogan in a particular college in Galway City. I am assuming it means to raise money and then give it to charity — all good in theory, one would think. However, I am unfortunate enough to live around the city centre (financial restrictions don’t allow for me to move) for a number of years now. The slogan I saw actually made me think about what it really means to me as a law-abiding citizen living in Eyre Square. On a nightly basis, Monday to Thursday mainly it is just untold what goes on around the square, almost nauseating …” (more)

[Galway Advertiser, 25 February]

Avatar Rape

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 25 February 2010 by Steve

“Avatar harassment and sexual assault remain controversial issues because institutions hosting virtual worlds are not accustomed to dealing with — or even discussing — digital forms of these distressing behaviors. Harassment and assault are frequent infractions in virtual environs, including those frequented by students and professors …” (more)

[Michael Bugeja, Inside Higher Ed, 25 February]

When is a blog a book?

Posted in research with tags on 25 February 2010 by Steve

“Unsurprisingly the proliferation in blogs has lead to many of them morphing into paperback form. So far we have had Stuff White People Like, Animal Review, and Postcards from Yo Momma among many. The last is probably most obviously amenable to the process of ‘bookization’ being a kind of record of correspondence, however flippant the title. Mutation between literary forms is of course nothing new …” (more)

[Juliana Adelman, Pue’s Occurrences, 25 February]

Universities: the need to present better information

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 25 February 2010 by Steve

“I recently attended a meeting attended by people some of whom worked in universities and some who did not. We were discussing the future of the Irish university system, and a number of questions were asked about key performance indicators showing activities and outputs from the sector. Nobody had any of the figures to hand, nor could offer even a rough estimate …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 25 February]

Pressures on US academics should not be imported here

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 25 February 2010 by Steve

“On Friday, February 12th, Amy Bishop, assistant professor of biology at the University of Alabama, allegedly shot and killed three colleague professors and wounded three others. This terrible act was apparently in reaction to the news that she had not been granted a tenured position and, consequently, she would soon lose her job …” (more)

[William Reville, Irish Times, 25 February]

Ace Bergin fails to halt NUIG march

Posted in Life with tags , on 25 February 2010 by Steve

NUI Galway 1-24 St Patrick’s College 1-12 NUIG booked their place in the last four after seeing off the limited challenge of St Pat’s at Dangan yesterday. The Galway college have not won the title in 30 years and, despite amassing a big score yesterday, they will need to step up several gears tomorrow week at Pearse Stadium if they are to advance to the following day’s final …” (more)

[Independent, 25 February]