Archive for 25 August 2010

UCD scientists No 1 Hot Paper in Nature Medicine

Posted in research with tags on 25 August 2010 by Steve

“A paper led by UCD scientists is currently the No 1 Hot Paper in Nature Medicine, according to Thompson Reuters. The paper has been cited almost 3 times more than any other paper published by the journal over the past 24 months …” (more)

[Education Ireland, 25 August]

Graduates emigrating reaches 15-year high

Posted in Life with tags , on 25 August 2010 by Steve

“The number of college graduates leaving the country has more than doubled within the space of four years. The number of educated emigrants from Ireland is now at a level last seen in 1995 …” (more)

[Claire Murphy, Herald, 25 August]

Sharp and Unexpected Criticism

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 25 August 2010 by Steve

Higher Education? by Professors Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus sports praise from Jonathan Kozol, Barbara Ehrenreich, and Joseph Stiglitz, all of them individuals with whom I have deep philosophical disagreements. So my pre-reading hunch was that I would despise the book on the theory that a friend of my enemy is my enemy. Wrong …” (more)

[George Leef, John William Pope Center, 25 August]

Scholars Test Web Alternative to Peer Review

Posted in research with tags , on 25 August 2010 by Steve

“For professors, publishing in elite journals is an unavoidable part of university life. The grueling process of subjecting work to the up-or-down judgment of credentialed scholarly peers has been a cornerstone of academic culture since at least the mid-20th century. Now some humanities scholars have begun to challenge the monopoly that peer review has on admission to career-making journals …” (more)

[Patricia Cohen, New York Times, 23 August]

CAO shuts down part of website

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 25 August 2010 by Steve

“The Central Applications Office (CAO) has been forced to shut down part of its website due to a fault related to Monday’s cyber attack on the site. A statement issued this afternoon said the CAO technical team was shutting down an interactive part of the site that allows users to check if their applications are in order …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 25 August]

U of Michigan Press Tries Short-Term Rental Option for E-Books

Posted in research with tags on 25 August 2010 by Steve

“E-textbooks are not forever. Most publishers make their academic titles available for only a semester, or a year, after which time, the digital files self-destruct. Now the University of Michigan Press is trying an even shorter rental period for its e-books. Customers have the option of renting 261 of the press’s most popular scholarly texts for either 40% or 75% of list price, for a rental period of either 30 days or 180 days …” (more)

[Paige Chapman, Chronicle of Higher Education, 24 August]

10% failure in pass maths a national embarrassment – Healy Eames

Posted in teaching with tags , , , on 25 August 2010 by Steve

“The way maths is taught in primary and secondary schools needs to be urgently addressed, according to Fine Gael Seanad Education Spokesperson Fidelma Healy Eames. The Galway senator has expressed concern at the high number of Leaving Certificate students who are failing maths at higher and ordinary level …” (more)

[Galway Independent, 25 August]

Points increase at Galway colleges

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 25 August 2010 by Steve

“Points for many courses in Galway’s two third level colleges rose this year due to increased demand, with one NUIG course showing the largest fluctuation nationwide. The points requirements for the Engineering Innovation – Electrical at NUI Galway rose by 200 to 560, as students tried to give themselves the edge on a tough jobs market …” (more)

[Marie Madden, Galway Independent, 25 August]

Gogarty holds line over Green veto on third-level fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 25 August 2010 by Steve

“The Green Party veto on new student tuition charges or loans is non-negotiable – despite warnings from a Government task force that the sector is facing a deepening financial crisis …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 25 August]

CAO to defer inquiry into cyber attack

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 25 August 2010 by Steve

“The Central Applications Office (CAO) will not investigate the cyber attack that crashed its website on Monday until after the second round of third-level offers is issued next month …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 25 August]

The Glut of Academic Publishing: A Call for a New Culture

Posted in research with tags , , on 25 August 2010 by Steve

“Academic publishing has already reached a point where too much material of too little substance is being published, and this trend is continuing …” (more)

[Stanley W Trimble, NAS, 23 August]

Improving college access

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 25 August 2010 by Steve

“Madam, – We would like to respond to Ross Higgins’s contention that the widening participation policy approach in Ireland over the last 15 years consists of ‘tinkering around the edges’ through ‘mentoring, supports and guidance’ (Opinion, August 21st). Mr Higgins’s opinion piece shows a disappointing lack of reference to any of the varied and imaginative responses to this issue that have developed …” (more)

[Cliona Hannon and others, Irish Times, 25 August]

Accessing higher education

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 25 August 2010 by Steve

“Last week the Irish Times published an article by a PhD student at Trinity College Dublin, Ross Higgins, which made a case for action to address the under-representation of people from disadvantaged backgrounds at Irish universities …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 25 August]

US Department of Justice will appeal stem cell injunction

Posted in Legal issues, research with tags , on 25 August 2010 by Steve

“The US Department of Justice will quickly appeal yesterday’s district court injunction temporarily freezing federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research, a department spokesman said today …” (more)

[The Great Beyond, 25 August]

140 courses still available despite record applicants

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 25 August 2010 by Steve

“Scores of courses at third-level colleges remain unfilled, despite the record number of applicants this year. The tiny Tipperary Institute has been unable to fill 22 of its 23 courses on the first round of offers, and posted the vacancies on the CAO website yesterday …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 25 August]

UL graduates beat national average on finding jobs

Posted in Life with tags , on 25 August 2010 by Steve

“Graduates from the University of Limerick have a higher-than-average chance of landing a job. Nationally, about 36% of graduates enter employment after university. But over 41% of UL graduates have secured employment …” (more)

[Jimmy Woulfe, Irish Examiner, 25 August]

Social class and educational attainment of Irish children

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 25 August 2010 by Steve

“It is well known that children from high SES backgrounds do much better in school and this explains, at least proximately, the very sharp SES gradient with regard to university entrance. Or, to put it in English, working class kids get, on average, much worse Leaving Certs …” (more)

[Kevin Denny, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 25 August]

‘Technology university’ plan

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 25 August 2010 by Steve

“Madam, – Your Education Editor, Seán Flynn, reports that the National Strategy Group for Higher Education ‘does not accept the case made by some institutes of technology for university designation’. ‘Instead, it holds out the prospect of them being designated ‘technology universities’ …” (more)

[William Grimson, Irish Times, 25 August]

Brain drain: 100 graduates a week flee to find work

Posted in Life with tags , on 25 August 2010 by Steve

“The number of college graduates leaving the country for work has doubled to proportions last seen in the mid-1990s as student leaders accuse the Government of failing to stem a major brain drain …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 25 August]

Registering for college or exploring non-CAO options

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 25 August 2010 by Steve

“Most students offered places in the first round by CAO have by now accepted them. Most are turning their mind to issues such as accommodation and registration. You will find comprehensive details on the accommodation offered by most third-level colleges, under the support and advice section of the student section on qualifax.ie …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 25 August]