Archive for 18 July 2010

€6 billion for research and innovation

Posted in research with tags , on 18 July 2010 by Steve

“European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn will announce tomorrow a €6 billion (US$7.7 billion) fund for research and innovation. Geoghegan-Quinn will give details of the main fields of research and innovation to be covered and will call for proposals …” (more)

[University World News, 18 July]

Third wave of autonomous universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 18 July 2010 by Steve

“Nearly 90% of French universities will be autonomous from next January when another 24 institutions will take over management of their own affairs under the 2007 Libertés et Responsibilités des Universités (Universities’ Freedoms and Responsibilities) law …” (more)

[Jane Marshall, University World News, 18 July]

Historians stepping out from the Ivory Tower?

Posted in Life on 18 July 2010 by Steve

“Thomas Bender has written a very instructive essay, Historians in Public. In it, he points out that academics used to be much better represented in mainstream publications, and more often wrote or presented to the general public than they do now. As he points out: ‘While the early graduate schools were committed to advanced research, they sought to educate civic leaders, not future academics’ …” (more)

[Katrina Gulliver, Notes from the Field, 17 July]

Google finances projects to test digital library

Posted in research with tags on 18 July 2010 by Steve

“Google Inc. is giving researchers nearly a half-million dollars to test the academic value of its rapidly growing online library. The grants announced Wednesday will be used to help pay for 12 humanities projects studying questions that will require sifting through thousands of books to reach meaningful conclusions …” (more)

[Michael Liedtke, Associated Press, 15 July]

How a university scuppered next Facebook

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 18 July 2010 by Steve

“Universities are providing more advice to entrepreneurial students but when the student start-up FitFinder was shut down, despite attracting five million users, critics saw it as a case study on how not to nurture student entrepreneurs …” (more)

[Yojana Sharma, University World News, 18 July]

‘Elites’ accused of fabricating college degrees

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 18 July 2010 by Steve

“The resumes of about 100 Chinese ‘elites’ have been revised on Hudong Wiki, a pilot Chinese-language encyclopedia website, after the former president of Microsoft China, Tang Jun, was accused of fabricating his academic credentials …” (more)

[Xinhuanet, 12 July]

Finding a cure for ‘brain drain’ key to our future recovery

Posted in Life with tags on 18 July 2010 by Steve

“One of the current recession’s most worrying developments is the re-emergence of the Eighties’ phenomenon known as the ‘brain drain’. Multinationals continually quote the availability and calibre of Irish graduates as one of Ireland Inc’s main competitive draws, yet current figures suggest the migration tide is turning outwards …” (more)

[Sally Storey, Independent, 18 July]

DCU staff embroiled in mail dispute over prayer for president

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 18 July 2010 by Steve

“Academics at Dublin City University have got their gowns in a twist over the ‘prayer element’ of the inauguration of their new president last week. The ‘great debate’ on the use of religion in academic ceremonies opened after prayers were used in the inauguration ceremony of new President Brian MacCraith last Tuesday …” (more)

[Liam Collins, Independent, 18 July]

NUIG Beat Queen’s On the Line Again

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 18 July 2010 by Steve

“NUIG retained their senior eights title at the National Championships in Farran Wood in Cork with an on-the-line victory over Queen’s University which was remarkably similar to their win last year …” (more)

[AFLOAT, 17 July]

Highest-paid academics of Europe get yet another rise

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 18 July 2010 by Steve

“… That lecturers earn more than frontline workers like nurses and teachers in their first year is wrong. That they can earn up to €87,000 – and that professors can earn up to €145,000 a year – is simply perverse. But their highnesses have the royal ear, and they know how to use it …” (more)

[Marc Coleman, Independent, 18 July]

Missed cut a cruel twist in the tale for Dr Pádraig

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 18 July 2010 by Steve

“While watching Pádraig Harrington being conferred last Tuesday with an honorary degree of doctor of laws by St Andrews University, it was hard to imagine it being the highlight of his week. But so it proved when a ragged golf game ended his Open challenge late on Friday evening …” (more)

[Dermot Gilleece, Independent, 18 July]

‘I Write Like’ Website Goes Viral, Authors Bewildered

Posted in Life with tags on 18 July 2010 by Steve

“For anyone who has ever thought Charles Dickens was lurking inside his or her prose, a new website claims it can find your inner author. The recently launched I Write Like has one simple gimmick: You paste a few paragraphs that exemplify your writing, then click ‘analyze’ and – poof! – you get a badge telling you that you write like Stephen King or Ernest Hemingway …” (more)

[Jake Coyle, Huffington Post, 16 July]