Archive for 4 July 2010

Danger of ‘Irish history being lost’ due to poor storage of archives

Posted in research with tags on 4 July 2010 by Steve

“Ireland’s national archiv­es are in danger of being lost or destroyed amid deteriorating storage conditions, according to senior management there …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Sunday Tribune, 4 July]

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Science needs more autonomy, report says

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 4 July 2010 by Steve

“Turkey has not achieved the status of a ‘scientific society’ and science in the country requires more independence from politics to achieve that goal, according to a new report based on extensive interviews with scientists …” (more)

[University World News, 4 July]

Communication between scientists and the public

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 4 July 2010 by Steve

“A US initiative has tried to find ways to improve communication between scientists and the public, especially about issues that worry people deeply. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences project considered how scientists engage with the public, and how their mutual understanding could be improved …” (more)

[University World News, 4 July]

New era of private benefactors

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 4 July 2010 by Steve

“A new universities act has transformed institutions from branches of government into independent legal entities. Universities now face fewer restrictions in raising revenue via private donations and bequests …” (more)

[Ian R Dobson, University World News, 4 July]

Universities take no anti-spy measures

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 4 July 2010 by Steve

“The universities of technology in the Netherlands are not taking any additional anti-espionage measures, against the advice of the General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD). The universities see combating espionage as a matter for the government …” (more)

[Radio Netherlands, 30 June]

Losing our attention span?

Posted in Life with tags , on 4 July 2010 by Steve

“… All my life I have listened to people telling me that modern technology, communications or media are leaving us unable to handle big themes and arguments and are making us skim along the surface of knowledge without really taking anything in. I’m never sure what I am supposed to conclude from this – am I supposed to take a sledgehammer and destroy all that annoying computer hardware, televisions and so forth? …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 4 July]

The Stranger in Academe

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 4 July 2010 by Steve

“… On the first day of class, I usually ask my students if they can guess what country I am from. The most common answers are Iraq and Iran, but I also get Egypt, India, Bangladesh, Brazil, or Argentina. On rare occasions, some students succeed in locating my accent somewhere in Eastern Europe …” (more)

[Darina Lepadatum, Chronicle of Higher Education, 4 July]