Archive for February, 2010

Amy Bishop – a murder suspect’s worth to science

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 28 February 2010 by Steve

“Amy Bishop, neuroscientist, inventor, murder suspect, has become bigger than life, a symbol for those who think that genius is close to madness, or that women cannot get ahead in science, or that tenure systems in universities are brutalising – or even that progress against fatal diseases is so important that someone like Bishop should be set free to pursue cures …” (more)

[Gina Kolata, University World News, 28 February]

Hacking inquiry puts elite in new light

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 28 February 2010 by Steve

“With its sterling reputation and its scientific bent, Shanghai Jiaotong University has the feel of an Ivy League institution. The university has alliances with elite American institutions and it is so rich in science and engineering talent that Microsoft and Intel have moved into a research park directly adjacent to the school. But Jiaotong, whose sprawling campus has more than 33,000 students, is facing an unpleasant question: is it a base for sophisticated computer hackers? …” (more)

[David Barboza, University World News, 28 February]

Claim university is ‘severely lacking’ in tackling crime challenged

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 28 February 2010 by Steve

“Bizarre allegations from a local councillor that the University of Lincoln is ‘severely lacking’ in combating alcohol and violent crime are receiving criticism …” (more)

[Shane Croucher, The Linc, 27 February]

The Donostia Declaration

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 28 February 2010 by Steve

“A meeting of science ministers from across Europe met in San Sebastian in Spain earlier this month and agreed unanimously to release the ‘Donostia Declaration’ – a 300-word statement endorsing the role that science must play in assisting Europe to recover from its worst economic crisis in recent decades …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 28 February]

New charges present new challenges

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 28 February 2010 by Steve

“The decision to introduce tuition fees for foreign students has met strong objections by Swedish student unions and a massive e-mail response to Local – Sweden’s News in English. But for two of the universities enrolling most foreign students, the government’s decision will mean an immediate income loss in the millions …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 28 February]

An absurd law

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 28 February 2010 by Steve

“Turkey’s government is about to pass legislation that could cripple the country’s biological research. When politicians respond to popular distrust of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), they sometimes fail to grasp how intricately molecular technologies infiltrate different areas of science. A case in point is now playing out in Turkey, where an attempt to regulate GMOs in agriculture has morphed into a draft law that could wipe out the country’s biomedical research …” (more)

[Nature, 24 February]

Sigerson Cup Final

Posted in Life with tags , on 27 February 2010 by Steve

“DCU overcame UCC to win the Sigerson Cup Final by 1-11 to 0-09. The final was played today in Leixlip.” (tweet)

[Dublin GAA, Twitter, 27 February]