Archive for 28 June 2010

Today’s students

Posted in Life with tags on 28 June 2010 by Steve

“I attended two events with several business leaders over the past couple of weeks, and in the course of the discussions on both occasions a number of them expressed the view that recent Irish graduates were not of the same quality and did not demonstrate the same standards as those of previous cohorts a decade or two ago …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 28 June]

Taking the truly smart approach

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

“The government’s vision for Ireland’s knowledge society is commendable, but its strategy for science, technology and innovation defines the ‘smart economy’ too narrowly. In addition to the specified priority areas, the arts, humanities and social sciences – as well as the sciences in general – also create new knowledge and underlie economic growth and the creation of sustainable high-quality jobs …” (more)

[Colm Kearney, Sunday Business Post, 27 June]

UCD’s pet project allows vets put old cat scan machine to good use

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

“A CT scanner is showing pets and sick animals in a whole new light. Injured cats, dogs, calves, foals, birds and even a seal have all been passed through the scanner at the UCD Veterinary Hospital …” (more)

[Breda Heffernan, Independent, 28 June]

Irish life science guide to create ‘smart’ jobs and new technologies

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

“The Minister for Technology and Innovation, Conor Lenihan TD, today launched a new Irish guide aimed at helping firms in the life science sector to partner with college researchers in the creation of ‘smart’ jobs. The Enterprise Ireland publication, The Irish Life Sciences Research Guide, is a collation of the life science research capability in our third-level institutions …” (more)

[Finfacts, 27 June]

Academic Nihilism

Posted in Life with tags on 28 June 2010 by Steve

“… Academic nihilism is, I believe, something experienced by all truly critical thinkers who spend enough time behind the walls of universities. It is what comes after the realisation that what one is doing, all that heartfelt critical thought, all that deep probing for truth, and digging under the illusions of common sense, that it all adds up to very little …” (more)

[Necessary Agitation, 27 June]