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]

More students struggle to make ends meet at college

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 6 August 2010 by Steve

“More students than ever are experiencing financial difficulties – despite a drop in the cost of going to college. Rents are at their lowest levels since 2001, and are 29% cheaper than two years ago …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 6 August]

Getting the structure just right; and doing it again; and again

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

“For ten years, from 1990 to 2000, I was a professor in the University of Hull in England. It was a happy time mostly. But perhaps one of the less satisfying experiences was the regular need felt by someone or other to restructure the whole organisation …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 6 August]

Latest figures show cost of third level now beyond the reach of many families

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 6 August 2010 by Steve

“Latest figures released by the Bank of Ireland indicate that the average cost of a four year degree now exceeds €42,000 in basic living costs alone …” (more)

[Gary Redmond, Cork Student News, 5 August]

Tenure and the Cost of Professors: The Production Perspective

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 6 August 2010 by Steve

“A recent New York Times symposium (7/29/10) asked five academics ‘What will happen to American higher education if professors are not guaranteed job security?’. Only Cary Nelson, the president of the AAUP, said that eliminating tenure would be bad …” (more)

[Bruce Heiden, National Association of Scholars, 4 August]

Youth suicide highlighted at UCD student union event

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

“Ireland has the fourth highest rate of youth suicide in Europe, a students union event in UCD heard yesterday …” (more)

[Joanne Hunt, Irish Times, 6 August]

OJ lawyer promotes college’s ‘innocence’ project

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 6 August 2010 by Steve

“… Prof Scheck was in Dublin yesterday to see the official launch at Griffith College of the first Irish Innocence Project – a network he helped found in America in 1992 to examine cases of possible miscarriage of justice …” (more)

[Fergus Black, Independent, 6 August]

How Many Books Are There?

Posted in research with tags on 6 August 2010 by Steve

“Google has released their estimate for the number of books: 129,864,880. They also offer a full explanation of their counting methods, with some interesting quotes …” (more)

[Steven Matthews, Slaw, 5 August]

Clinical medicine research league

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

“If you were asked to guess which countries are the most influential in clinical medicine research, measured in terms of published output and citations, which constitute your top 5? …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 6 August]

We Drink and Write for Some of the Same Reasons

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

“There are probably many reasons why writers tend to drink. Here are some possibilities: both encourage subversiveness; both are an alternative from dealing with the world on its own terms; both let you temporarily trust your voice with less judgment. They also grant some sense of control over the world or an ego boost – making your perspective seem correct and central …” (more)

[Ilana Simons, The Literary Mind, 4 August]