Archive for 14 June 2010

DCU lecturer finds way to ‘silence’ vuvuzela

Posted in Life with tags , on 14 June 2010 by Steve

“So you’ve started watching the World Cup in South Africa, you’re enjoying the games, but the thing that’s spoiling it for many are those awful vuvuzelas. Until FIFA gets around to banning them, there is another way of reducing the sound on your television according to Dr Sean Marlow, lecturer in DCU’s School of Engineering …” (more)

[Inside Ireland, 14 June]

NUI Galway signs memorandum of understanding with Chinese university

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 14 June 2010 by Steve

“Today saw the signing of a formal memorandum of understanding between National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and Ocean University of China (OUC), Qingdao …” (more)

[Deirdre Nolan, Silicon Republic, 14 June]

Evidence on the goodness of economists

Posted in Life with tags on 14 June 2010 by Steve

“Does economics make you a nicer, better person? I know what you are thinking and I am inclined to agree but there is nothing like some good evidence …” (more)

[Kevin Denny, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 14 June]

Unmaking the public university and historical amnesia

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 14 June 2010 by Steve

“Beware Professors of English! They (mostly) know how to turn a phrase or sentence and construct beautiful prose. Those English professors who are also novelists have frequently skewered the academy with absurdist portraits of academic life – or at least it’s not the academic life I’ve experienced …” (more)

[Bill Tierney, 21st Century Scholar, 14 June]

NUI Galway Develops Lasting Relationships with Universities in the Arab World

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 14 June 2010 by Steve

“This week NUI Galway welcomes 40 educators from Jordan and Lebanon for a seven-day bespoke study tour. The study tour is part of a new EU TEMPUS funded project which aims to develop service learning and civic engagement partnerships in Jordan and Lebanon …” (more)

[Education Ireland, 14 June]

Peer review provides £209,976,000 public subsidy to commercial publishers

Posted in research with tags , on 14 June 2010 by Steve

“The Open University’s Martin Weller looks at the Peer Review Survey 2009’s numbers on free participation by UK academics in the peer review process for commercial science journals and concludes that 10.4m hours spent on this amounts to a £209,976,000 subsidy from publicly funded universities to private, for-profit journals, who then charge small fortunes to the same institutions …” (more)

[Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing, 13 June]

Call for graduates to pay towards cost of education

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 14 June 2010 by Steve

“Scottish university graduates should have to contribute towards the cost of their education by paying deferred fees, according to a think-tank. A report from Reform Scotland has argued that higher education was not a free entitlement …” (more)

[BBC News, 14 June]

DCU conference on ‘Re-inventing the University’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 14 June 2010 by Steve

“On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week DCU will be hosting a major conference on the future of higher education, in Ireland and globally. Here are some teasers on arguments that will be put by some speakers at the conference …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 14 June]

Fruit Bat Gate Reframed

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , , on 14 June 2010 by Steve

“… I would suggest that the University appoint a task force or commission to rapidly investigate and modify University regulations to make clear this difficult territory in terms of behaviorally specific rules that can be taught and deployed to all members of the University …” (more)

[Creativeconflictwisdom’s Blog, 12 June]

Attack victim takes first steps on road to recovery

Posted in Life with tags on 14 June 2010 by Steve

“An Irish student who was brutally attacked in Chicago is now able to walk with assistance, her family revealed yesterday. Natasha McShane (23) was left in a critical condition after she was beaten with baseball bats during a mugging on a busy Chicago street in late April …” (more)

[Michael McHale, Independent, 14 June]

U of California Tries Just Saying No to Rising Journal Costs

Posted in research with tags on 14 June 2010 by Steve

“… The letter said that Nature proposed to raise the cost of California’s license for its journals by 400 percent next year. If the publisher won’t negotiate, the letter said, the system may have to take “more drastic actions” with the help of the faculty. Those actions could include suspending subscriptions to all of the Nature Group journals the California system buys access to — 67 in all, including Nature …” (more)

[Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Education, 8 June]

Universities warn of cuts’ lasting damage

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 14 June 2010 by Steve

“Universities are warning that cuts could inflict ‘real and lasting damage’ on the sector and set back Britain’s recovery from the recession …” (more)

[Angela Harrison, BBC News, 13 June]