Archive for 28 May 2010

Strategic Alliance Bids To Develop Single Food Research Programme

Posted in research with tags , , on 28 May 2010 by Steve

“A major step towards establishing a single food research programme in Ireland to support innovation and development in the food industry was taken today with the launch of the UCC/Teagasc Strategic Alliance in Food Research …” (more)

[Mike Fanning, Clare Herald, 28 May]

Crowd Science Reaches New Heights

Posted in research with tags on 28 May 2010 by Steve

“… Crowd Science, as it might be called, is taking hold in several other disciplines, such as biology, and is rising rapidly in oceanography and a range of environmental sciences. ‘Crowdsourcing is a natural solution to many of the problems that scientists are dealing with that involve massive amounts of data’, says Haym Hirsh …” (more)

[Jeffrey R Young, Chronicle of Higher Education, 28 May]

Dundalk vs UCD

Posted in Life with tags , on 28 May 2010 by Steve

“Dundalk come to the Bowl on Saturday as table toppers, a position they previously acquired when beating UCD 3-0 back in April. In fact, it’s extraordinary, in this most open of Airtricity Premier championships, how many of the Students opponents have been contesting top spot when the fixture list has decreed UCD as their opposition …” (more)

[The College Follower, 28 May]

Ex-Lib Dem leader Campbell would rebel on tuition fees

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

“Sir Menzies Campbell has said he is likely to vote against any proposal to raise university tuition fees. The former Liberal Democrat leader said he had signed a pre-election pledge not to raise fees and would find it ‘very difficult’ to go back on that …” (more)

[BBC News, 28 May]

Current libel laws mean scientists ‘risk everything’

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

“Libel law in the UK and Ireland came under the spotlight last night at a talk in Trinity College Dublin’s Science Gallery, where Guardian journalist Simon Singh spoke about his experience with the UK court system as he successfully defended himself in a libel battle with the British Chiropractic Association …” (more)

[Marie Boran, Silicon Republic, 28 May]

‘Turf war’ over funds for college research

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

“The allocation of more than €300 million in research funding for Irish universities and college is being held up by a bitter ‘turf war’ involving Government departments and State agencies. The Department of Education and the Higher Education Authority (HEA) have expressed unease about new arrangements in which they will lose control of the 10-year-old Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions (PRTLI) …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 28 May]

All that has been achieved to date is now being put at risk of collapse because of money

Posted in research with tags , on 28 May 2010 by Steve

“The government is in danger of killing off our nascent smart economy even as it is beginning to gain momentum. We are on the brink of wasting a large part of the more than €1 billion invested so far, of scaring off the foreign companies who believe that Ireland is a good place to conduct research, and going back to the bad old days when our highly educated graduates were forced into emigration. In effect we are at risk of destroying our hard-won international reputation for research …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 28 May]