Archive for 19 June 2010

TCD delays exam results due to marking concerns

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 19 June 2010 by Steve

“Exam results for 160 student teachers at TCD have been delayed because of concerns over the way some final papers were marked, the Irish Independent has learned …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 19 June]

Creative Writing as Academia: Profile of an Author as Professor

Posted in teaching with tags on 19 June 2010 by Steve

“Trinity College professor Gerald Dawe has gained success as a professional poet and writer and when he was asked to create a new academic program devoted to creative writing, he and his colleagues jumped at the chance. After a few years of hard work, the Oscar Wilde Centre for Creative Writing was born …” (more)

[European Culture & European Journalism, 19 June]

Richard Dawkins among academics calling for compulsory evolution teaching at primary school

Posted in teaching with tags on 19 June 2010 by Steve

“Experts including three Nobel laureates and Richard Dawkins, the prominent atheist, are calling on the new Government to make teaching of the theory a compulsory part of the curriculum. They say it is necessary because of the increasing number of schools that do not have to follow the curriculum, and because of the ‘threat’ posed by the religious concept of creationism …” (more)

[Martin Beckford, Daily Telegraph, 19 June]

Cambridge University don learns lesson in giving credit after plagiarism row

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 19 June 2010 by Steve

“A senior lecturer at Cambridge has apologised to an undergraduate for writing an article quoting verbatim some of his dissertation without crediting him …” (more)

[Anil Dawar, Guardian, 19 June]

Holding torch for public role of philosophy

Posted in Life with tags , on 19 June 2010 by Steve

“Asked about his position as a public intellectual following his lecture at University College Dublin this week, Jürgen Habermas made a distinction between the intellectual and the expert. In their public role intellectuals ‘don’t know better and are not infallible’, even though as experts in their fields they can command respect – ‘and that’s enough’ …” (more)

[Paul Gillespie, Irish Times, 19 June]

Progress but unclear prognosis for Natasha McShane

Posted in Life with tags , on 19 June 2010 by Steve

“Next Wednesday marks two months since Natasha McShane, a student at University College Dublin, was mugged in Chicago. After weeks in a drug-induced coma she now appears to be making slow progress – though it is too early to talk of a full recovery …” (more)

[Pamela Newenham, Irish Times, 19 June]

Make no bones about it

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 19 June 2010 by Steve

“Talking to Prof Moira O’Brien is a bit like being caught in a wind tunnel! In fact, ideas and words can come hurtling towards you like a runaway train, or bang into you with the force of tiny meteors. She certainly makes you think …” (more)

[Rory Hafford, Irish Medical Times, 18 June]

If sports got reported like science …

Posted in research with tags on 19 June 2010 by Steve

“A couple of times recently I’ve heard people complaining that sports coverage in the news is expected to be highly technical and laced with jargon, but that if a science or technology story uses any specialist language or jargon whatsoever it’s derided publicly as ‘elitist’ and ‘inaccessible’. Let’s take a trip to a parallel universe …” (more)

[Items Of Interest, 16 June]

‘Grading Is Sucking Out My Soul’

Posted in Life with tags on 19 June 2010 by Steve

“More than a year after a Dartmouth College professor embarrassed herself with a wisecrack on Facebook about cribbing her lecture notes from Wikipedia, plenty of people still haven’t bothered to button down their privacy settings …” (more)

[Chronicle of Higher Education, 18 June]