Archive for 26 August 2010

CAO provides gardaí with attack evidence

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 26 August 2010 by Steve

“The Central Applications Office (CAO) says it has given the gardaí logs and other evidence of the malicious attack on its online system earlier this week. The third-level admissions body says it is also continuing to work with external consultants to investigate the attack …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 26 August]

How US science got stimulated

Posted in research with tags on 26 August 2010 by Steve

“After Republican leaders recently denounced ‘wasteful’ science and technology research in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) – otherwise known as the 2009 economic stimulus package – the Obama Administration is taking steps to encourage a more favorable view …” (more)

[The Great Beyond, 26 August]

UK scientists on collision course over £1bn research cuts

Posted in research with tags on 26 August 2010 by Steve

“Officials fear planned 25% cuts could jeopardise Britain’s involvement in the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Big reductions in the UK’s scientific research capacity will be necessary if planned 25% cuts to government spending in the sector go ahead, the director of one of the country’s main science funding bodies warned tonight …” (more)

[Alok Jha and Ian Sample, Guardian, 26 August]

Society’s Janus View of Researchers

Posted in research with tags on 26 August 2010 by Steve

“Janus is the guy that looked both ways simultaneously and had two different perspectives on what he saw. It seems that society has the same view of science and research. A recent Eurobarometer survey revealed that almost half the respondents thought that scientists ‘have the power to make them dangerous’. Probably 50% thought that they are ‘away with the fairies’ and involved in irrelevant self-indulgencies …” (more)

[Frank Gannon’s Blog, 26 August]

Ireland recognised by US as major competitor for researchers

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 26 August 2010 by Steve

“The issue of emigration is highly topical, with the prospect of many Irish graduates leaving the country. Yet, for PhD students and researchers, leaving is often an integral part of becoming a professional and gaining experience …” (more)

[Conor O’Carroll, Irish Times, 26 August]

TechGrrrls are people too

Posted in Life with tags , , , on 26 August 2010 by Steve

“Is technology gendered? I was recently struck by this question while perusing interactive panel proposals for SXSW. The proposal emerged from the assumption that technology itself is masculine territory, grouped, I assume, with the hard sciences …” (more)

[Stefani Relles, 21st Century Scholar, 26 August]

Shanghai Jiao Tong World League Table: Subject Rankings 2010

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 26 August 2010 by Steve

“In addition to its overall rankings and Field rankings, SJTU has also developed subject rankings in a small number of disciplines: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics and Business. Some UK universities which don’t appear in the global Top 100 do rather well in here …” (more)

[Registrarism, 26 August]

CAO website targeted for second time

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 26 August 2010 by Steve

“The Central Applications Office (CAO) was forced to shut down its website yesterday after an early-morning cyber attack resulted in new passwords being issued to 22,000 third-level applicants …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 26 August]

A Green education

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 26 August 2010 by Steve

“In yesterday’s Irish Times, the Green Party spokesperson on education, Paul Gogarty TD, described the commitment in the revised programme for government not to introduce tuition fees as being the result of a Green ‘veto’. What are we to make of this? …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 25 August]

Healy Eames questions maths/science college places after steep points rise

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 26 August 2010 by Steve

“Fine Gael Seanad Education Spokesperson Fidelma Healy-Eames has questioned whether the number of college places for science and maths subjects has fallen, following steep rises in points for these subjects …” (more)

[Trevor Quinn, Galway Advertiser, 26 August]

‘It’s time to give the country the skills and tools to be digital’

Posted in teaching with tags on 26 August 2010 by Steve

“To succeed in the 21st century Ireland must invest in skills and infrastructure, says Cisco’s Kim Majerus. There’s a mentality pervading in powerful circles that things like the Leaving Cert, the CAO points system and by-rote learning that were good enough 20 years ago will be good enough for the next two decades and don’t need updating …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 26 August]

Required Suffering?

Posted in Life with tags , , on 26 August 2010 by Steve

“An offhand comment in an e-mail from a colleague contained the sentiment that it would be uncool to appear to enjoy the tenure-track and that nowadays it would be ‘suspicious’ if someone made it obvious that they were not suffering before getting tenure. Does anyone agree with that? …” (more)

[FemaleScienceProfessor, 26 August]

A recipe for academic success

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 26 August 2010 by Steve

“Madam, – While I agree with many of the suggestions made by Brian Lucey and Charles Larkin (Opinion, August 23rd), I question the necessity of having academic staff that “must be active researchers throughout their careers”. The rationale for this recommendation is to ‘ensure that students are exposed to the frontiers of thinking’ …” (more)

[Colm Kelleher, Irish Times, 26 August]

Trial by error

Posted in research with tags , on 26 August 2010 by Steve

“How bad is mainstream science reporting? Can it be improved or has it had its time? Zoë Corbyn investigates the issues and considers whether a paradigm shift is needed …” (more)

[Zoë Corbyn, Times Higher Education, 26 August]

Stem Cell Decision Fallout: What’s Next, and Who Were the Plaintiffs?

Posted in Legal issues, research with tags , on 26 August 2010 by Steve

“Stem cell work will go on. But the shape of its long-term future is a mystery. A court ruling yesterday that said the federal government can’t fund embryonic stem cell research even if no money goes to destroying embryos has thrown the field into confusion …” (more)

[Andrew Moseman, Discover, 25 August]

A-grade student’s notes for sale on internet

Posted in Life with tags on 26 August 2010 by Steve

“An A-Grade student has taken the unusual step of selling Leaving Certificate notes, starting at €40 a pop, on the online auction site eBay.ie to help finance his third-level education …” (more)

[Martina Nee, Irish Times, 26 August]

Enough of STEM’s hard sell

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 26 August 2010 by Steve

“The government is mistaken to continue arguing that science graduates alone are the key to delivering economic growth. The mantra that the economy can be resuscitated only by producing more students studying STEM subjects has been passed effortlessly like a baton between governments in the race to save the nation from going bust …” (more)

[Ann Mroz, Times Higher Education, 26 August]