Archive for 1 June 2010

Minister O’Keeffe pledges overhaul of intellectual property regime

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 1 June 2010 by Steve

“Ireland’s intellectual property regime is to be overhauled under plans to be revealed today [Tuesday] at the first meeting of a group set up to drive the recommendations of the Innovation Taskforce, according to the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O’Keeffe …” (more)

[DETI, 1 June]

Orwellian prize for journalistic misrepresentation

Posted in Life with tags , on 1 June 2010 by Steve

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS I am offering a prize each year for an article in an English-language national newspaper that has the most inaccurate report of a piece of academic work …” (more)

[BishopBlog, 1 June]

The role of economists in Irish public life

Posted in research with tags on 1 June 2010 by Steve

“My first Irish Debate will go ahead on Tuesday, June 8th, at 10am. All are welcome to log in and discuss this issue. Let’s focus in this first debate on the role of economists in Irish public life. They are frowned upon, looked up to, looked down upon, cited, feted, ignored, championed, embraced, and, occasionally, they get listened to …” (more)

[Stephen Kinsella, 1 June]

Katz on Publishing and University Prestige

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 1 June 2010 by Steve

“Last June Dan posted a link to Stanley Katz’s speculations on the future of academic publishing. ‘I have no doubt’, Katz wrote at that time, ‘that we are rapidly moving into an environment of tiny initial print runs (if there is any print run at all) followed by print-on-demand, combined with some form of electronic delivery’ …” (more)

[Karen Tani, Legal History Blog, 1 June]

How to get a PhD: a useful guide

Posted in teaching with tags on 1 June 2010 by Steve

“Anna Zimdars, a post doc at U.Manchester has written a very good guide on doing a PhD which I recommend for anyone doing or contemplating doctoral study …” (link)

[Kevin Denny, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 1 June]

DU Boat Club Prevail at Trinity Regatta 2010

Posted in Life with tags , on 1 June 2010 by Steve

“A successful day was enjoyed by both Dublin University Boat Club (DUBC) and Dublin University Ladies Boat Club at the Trinity Regatta last weekend hosted at the Trinity Boathouse in the War Memorial Park, Islandbridge. In the eights events, the DUBC first eight defended the intermediate eights category, with hard fought victories over top crews such as Neptune and Galway Rowing Club …” (more)

[Trinity Communications Office, 1 June]

Prestigious new role for SFI director general

Posted in research with tags , on 1 June 2010 by Steve

“Prof Frank Gannon, director general of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), as been appointed vice-president of EUROHORCS (European Heads of Research Councils), just one year after he was elected to the association’s Steering Committee …” (more)

[Deirdre Nolan, Silicon Republic, 1 June]

House Passes $84 Billion Science Bill

Posted in research with tags on 1 June 2010 by Steve

“The House has passed an $84 billion bill for scientific and technological innovation, the largest of its kind to be considered this year. The Associated Press reports: ‘The bill approves funds over five years for basic and applied research programs at the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy Office of Science, National Institute of Standards and Technology labs, and others …’” (more)

[Huffington Post, 1 June]

Family of injured University of Limerick student grateful for support

Posted in Life with tags on 1 June 2010 by Steve

“The family of Cian Cleary, who was critically injured after jumping into a fountain at the University of Limerick, have thanked the student body for their support …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 1 June]

Why, oh why, do students have such bad handwriting?

Posted in Life with tags , on 1 June 2010 by Steve

“In every decision, so a friend tells me, there is the good reason and the real reason. Last year, I decided that all my modules from now on would be examined by course work rather than sit-down examinations. The good reason? There is something very strange in testing a student’s ability to master, analyse and engage with difficult philosophical material by sitting them down for two or three hours at a rickety table, under neon lights. The real reason? I just can’t bear reading students’ handwriting any more …” (more)

[Jonathan Wolff, Guardian, 1 June]

Internet Cafes Close ahead of Exams in China

Posted in Life with tags on 1 June 2010 by Steve

“Teenagers tempted by computer games when they should be studying for the national college entrance exam this month won’t have anywhere to escape to in central China, where Internet cafes have closed …” (more)

[Huffington Post, 1 June]

Newspapers and the Dictionary of Irish Biography

Posted in research with tags , on 1 June 2010 by Steve

“GK Chesterton once said that newspapers were ‘the largest work ever published anonymously since the great Christian cathedrals’. This anonymity has huge implications for historians using newspapers as a source for their research …” (more)

[Felix M Larkin, Pue’s Occurrences, 1 June]

University to Provide Online Reputation Management to Graduates

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 1 June 2010 by Steve

“Just when you thought it was safe to go online… an interesting approach to providing careers advice to graduates: ‘Syracuse University has purchased six-month subscriptions to Brand-Yourself.com’s online reputation management platform for all 4,100 of its graduating seniors …’” (more)

[Registrarism, 1 June]

President of Kaplan College Campus Is Fired Over ‘English Only’ Dispute

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 1 June 2010 by Steve

“The president of Kaplan College’s campus in Chula Vista, Calif., was fired this month over his handling of an incident in which students were told they could face academic sanctions if they spoke Spanish in class, according to sources involved with the case …” (more)

[Katherine Mangan, Chronicle of Higher Education, 31 May]

No tuition fees for the wealthy: the highest priority?

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 1 June 2010 by Steve

“Regular contributor Kevin Denny has managed, with his recent paper, to reignite the higher education tuition fees debate, both in this blog and elsewhere. Yesterday the Irish Times newspaper published a letter from my DCU colleague Gerry McNamara (a hugely respected educationalist) in which he argued that ‘free fees’ have widened access …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 1 June]

€20m education plan will train up to 6,500

Posted in teaching with tags on 1 June 2010 by Steve

“A €20m package to create 6,500 training and education places for jobless people will be announced today. The number of places is almost twice the 3,500 signalled by the Government when it invited tenders to run the programmes …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 1 June]

Student flexes inventing skills to help workplace muscles run smoothly

Posted in research with tags on 1 June 2010 by Steve

“A rainwater harvesting system, a dairy refrigerator for developing nation farmers and a device to flex your wrists have been named among the most impressive new projects at a design contest. As part of the DESIGNed10 competition at University of Limerick, dozens of students have for the past week been showcasing their inventor talents …” (more)

[Fiachra O Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 1 June]

UCU vows to fight government’s ‘ignorance policy’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 1 June 2010 by Steve

“The new government has an ‘ignorance policy’ towards higher education that is prioritising the rich at the expense of the poor, the general secretary of the University and College Union will say today. In a speech to the union’s annual congress in Manchester, Sally Hunt will attack the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition for adding £200 million to the cuts already proposed for the sector – bringing the total to more than £1 billion since last year …” (more)

[Simon Baker, Times Higher Education, 1 June]

Flirting disreputably

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 1 June 2010 by Steve

“Here’s an odd little story. A student of University College London, Rich Martell, has been fined for bringing the college into disrepute. And what did he do? He founded and developed a website called ‘fitfinder’, which according to its home page is dedicated to ‘making Britain a better place to live. Sounds terrible? …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 1 June]

Lecturers warn of national strike

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 1 June 2010 by Steve

“University lecturers could opt for a national strike unless agreement is reached over redundancies, the head of their union has said …” (more)

[Hannah Richardson, BBC News, 31 May]