Archive for 13 July 2010

Chicago attack student Natasha McShane comes home

Posted in Life with tags on 13 July 2010 by Steve

“For the past three months she has been fighting for her life thousands of miles from those who love her most. But now Natasha McShane is back home …” (more)

[Lesley-Anne Henry, Belfast Telegraph, 13 July]

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Transparency law for Texas professors sets off academic freedom debate

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 13 July 2010 by Steve

“A law requiring Texas’ public colleges and universities to post detailed course information online will take effect this fall, stirring a debate between advocates of transparency and academic freedom. Texas legislators unanimously passed House Bill 2504 in May 2009, making it the first of its kind in the nation. State universities will be required to post professors’ syllabi, curriculum vitae, published works and salaries …” (more)

[Leigh Munsil, Dallas Morning News, 10 July]

TCD defends promotion of 27 senior academics

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 13 July 2010 by Steve

“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has defended the promotion of 27 senior academics – in the face of criticism that the move runs counter to the promotions embargo across the public service. The promotions – agreed by Trinity’s board last month – come as colleges struggle to cope with the 6 per cent cut in recruitment under the Employment Control Framework …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 13 July]

FBI college considers Waterford base

Posted in teaching with tags , on 13 July 2010 by Steve

“An American college that trains FBI agents is considering setting up a campus in Waterford to offer degree courses in intelligence. The Institute for Intelligence Studies at Mercyhurst, in the Pennsylvanian city of Erie, is understood to be in advanced talks with Waterford Institute of Technology and the local authorities …” (more)

[Michael Parsons, Irish Times, 13 July]

Academic uses for the iPad?

Posted in Life with tags on 13 July 2010 by Steve

“As I disclosed a few weeks ago, I have become the proud owner of an Apple iPad. In fact, I have become the proud owner of the top of the range model, 3G and a hard disk the size of Nevada and goodness knows what. So what have I been using it for? …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 13 July]

Leaving Cert reforms gather dust

Posted in teaching with tags on 13 July 2010 by Steve

“Key reforms designed to make the Leaving Certificate more relevant to modern needs are gathering dust in the Department of Education. Plans for four revised subjects are on hold indefinitely because of budgetary pressures …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 July]

TCD students angry as 30 academics promoted

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 13 July 2010 by Steve

“Students at Trinity College Dublin, facing the prospect of further cuts to services in the autumn, are angry at the promotion of almost 30 academics …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 13 July]