Archive for July, 2010

Acclaimed historian who prompted lively debate

Posted in Life with tags on 31 July 2010 by Steve

“The death of the historian Peter Hart, at the age of 46, has robbed Irish history of one of its most impressively original talents. Prof Hart was the author of a series of important, compelling and – at times – controversial books …” (more)

[Irish Times, 31 July]

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In praise of science research foundations

Posted in research with tags on 31 July 2010 by Steve

“When I became President of Dublin City University just over ten years ago, the country’s research community was just convulsed in a debate that came from the then recently conducted ‘Technology Foresight’ exercise that had been commissioned by the Irish government …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 31 July]

Go-ahead for single CIT apprentice building

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 31 July 2010 by Steve

“Apprentices in Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) will be able to work in a single building from next September following the Government’s funding go-ahead for the project, according to the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O’Keeffe TD …” (more)

[CorkPolitics.ie, 30 July]

Reaching the Last Technology Holdouts at the Front of the Classroom

Posted in teaching with tags , on 31 July 2010 by Steve

“… ‘If you were going to see a doctor and the doctor said, “I’ve been really busy since I got out of medical school, and so I’m going to treat you with the techniques I learned back then”, you’d be rightly incensed,” he told me recently. ‘Yet there are a lot of faculty who say with a straight face, “I don’t need to change my teaching”, as if nothing has been learned about teaching since …'” (more)

[Jeffrey R Young, Chronicle of Higher Education, 24 July]

€12m Boost For UL Researchers

Posted in research with tags , on 30 July 2010 by Steve

“… The primary PRTLI funding awarded to UL will go towards the expansion of the University’s sector-leading Materials and Surface Science Institute (MSSI) for the establishment of a National Centre for Applied Materials Research at UL. This will develop new materials and methods in the strategically important areas of pharmaceutical and composite materials and will significantly enhance UL’s materials research capabilities in biomaterials, materials for energy conversion and biocatalysis …” (more)

[Clare Herald, 30 July]

Time is right to bring back third-level fees and grants

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 30 July 2010 by Steve

“The abolition of third-level fees means it is almost entirely the children of the better-off who literally cash in. A good educational system, producing bright, motivated students, is a critical part of a strong economy …” (more)

[Karlin Lillington, Irish Times, 30 July]

Should the ‘literacy package’ include science too?

Posted in Life with tags on 30 July 2010 by Steve

“… Christopher Wren would be amazed that modern astronomical measurements had led to the discovery that we live in an expanding universe that was once smaller than an atom. But what would surprise the founding members most is that these, and other discoveries, remain the preserve of a few. Far from being an indispensable part of the human experience, science has remained a specialised subject understood by only a fraction of society …” (more)

[Cormac O’Raifeartaigh, Irish Times, 29 July]