Archive for 6 August 2010

We’re in science top 20

Posted in research with tags , on 6 August 2010 by Steve

“The Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) connected 349 firms with college researchers in a move which is expected to create hundreds of jobs in key development projects. Ireland has now moved from a level below Bangladesh to breaking into the top 20 in the scientific global rankings, according to Thomson Reuters Essential Scientific Indicators …” (more)

[Herald, 6 August]

Simplification of EC rules

Posted in research with tags , , on 6 August 2010 by Steve

“… For me, the biggest problem with the current rules is how they are applied. Essentially, the attitude seems to be that the research community cannot be trusted. As a result, time-sheets are required for those employed on an EC award. For an artist, I think it would be understood that timesheets are not appropriate …” (more)

[Frank Gannon’s Blog, 6 August]

How our current reward structures have distorted and damaged science

Posted in research with tags on 6 August 2010 by Steve

“Two things almost everyone would agree with: 1. Good scientists do research and publish their results, which then have impact on other scientists and the broader community. 2. Science is a competitive business: there is not enough research funding for everyone …” (more)

[BishopBlog, 6 August]

Northside to become corridor of recovery

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 6 August 2010 by Steve

“The Northside is set to become a ‘corridor for recovery’ under the Government’s revised €39 billion capital investment programme up to 2016, which was unveiled last week. The Northside will be transformed into a ‘hub for economic recovery, growth and job creation’ as major projects will be prioritised such as the completion of Ballymun regeneration, Metro North and the centralisation of DIT in Grangegorman …” (more)

[Dublin People, 5 August]

Report Says Students Don’t Study Enough

Posted in teaching with tags on 6 August 2010 by Steve

“Students these days study only about 14 hours a week, down from 24 in the early 1960s, according to a report released Thursday by the American Enterprise Institute. The report, ‘Leisure College, USA’, rejects the idea that technology has decreased the need for studying …” (more)

[Inside Higher Ed, 6 August]

Bound for glory

Posted in research with tags , on 6 August 2010 by Steve

“There is a perception that publishers fleece academic writers. It is true that they sometimes may ever so slightly take advantage of an academic’s salaried situation and professional need to publish. But over more than two decades, I’ve struggled with enough academic book costings to know how hard it is to make them work …” (more)

[Katharine Reeve, Times Higher Education, 5 August]

SFI reports 25% rise in research-industry collaborations

Posted in research with tags on 6 August 2010 by Steve

“Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), the Government organisation that allocates €180 million annually for research in science and technology, has released its annual report …” (more)

[Conor Sullivan, Irish Times, 6 August]