Archive for 28 December 2010

Graph of the year? Mother’s education and breastfeeding

Posted in Life with tags , on 28 December 2010 by Steve

“It’s that time when people reflect on the year gone by, lists of pivotal events, dead celebs etc. There are also lots of suggestions for ‘graph of the year’ going round. It’s pretty arbitrary of course since it depends on what people find interesting …” (more)

[Kevin Denny, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 28 December]

Scarce cash may foil lecturer training plan

Posted in teaching with tags on 28 December 2010 by Steve

“Qualifications for new university lecturers are to become compulsory at a time when institutions will struggle to find the funding to support it, universities have warned …” (more)

[Rebecca Attwood, Times Higher Education, 23 December]

Cellphones and Exam Cheating

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 28 December 2010 by Steve

“… The old academic in me loathes cheating, so I would, at first blush, simply jam all cell phones in the exam room. But because I was a legal academic, the second blush informs me that cellphone jamming is illegal in both the US and Canada …” (more)

[Simon Fodden, slaw, 28 December]

The iron rule of being working class

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 28 December 2010 by Steve

“Forget social mobility. Education and hard graft will only get you so far while jobs are insecure and the middle class looks after its own …” (more)

[Lynsey Hanley, Guardian, 28 December]

Drop-outs concern NI universities

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 28 December 2010 by Steve

“Both of NI’s universities have expressed concern about drop-out rates, especially among first year students. The University of Ulster loses 12% of its first years, while almost 6% of students at Queens University Belfast do not make it to second year …” (more)

[BBC News, 28 December]

Higgins pays tribute to the late Kevin Boyle

Posted in Life with tags , on 28 December 2010 by Steve

“I heard with great sadness of the passing of Kevin Boyle whose courageous leadership in the human rights movement has placed so many in Ireland in his debt …” (more)

[Michael D Higgins, Labour Party Blog, 28 December]

Mine tax plan for uni fees ‘unfair’, says HECS architect

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 28 December 2010 by Steve

“Economist Bruce Chapman of the Australian National University said the Greens’ proposal was ‘inequitable’ and ‘regressive’, and would not help lower income earners. He said using revenue from the controversial mineral resources rent tax to fund free university for students was ‘arguably one of the least fair ways to use the money’ …” (more)

[Joe Kelly, The Australian, 29 December]

Learning from Crunch Time

Posted in teaching with tags , , , on 28 December 2010 by Steve

“… Here’s what interests me more than any other facet: ‘For some they see this course as a competition. Is it? Should it be?’ Competition is healthy as well as harmful. I see third level education as an opportunity for students to discover complementary talent. For that kind of group dynamic to evolve, people need to appreciate diverse skill sets …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View, 28 December]

2010: the year in science

Posted in research with tags on 28 December 2010 by Steve

“It has been an exciting time for scientific progress. Tom Chivers selects the highlights …” (more)

[Daily Telegraph, 28 December]

Death of human rights academic Kevin Boyle

Posted in Life with tags , , on 28 December 2010 by Steve

“Professor Kevin Boyle, one of the founders of the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland, has died …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 28 December]

Researchers Uncover 17th Century Foyle Fort

Posted in research with tags , on 28 December 2010 by Steve

“University of Ulster researchers have discovered the Remains of a 410-year-old fort on the banks of the River Foyle. The bastion fortification was built by Sir Henry Docwra in 1600 at Dunnalong, near Strabane …” (more)

[University of Ulster, 28 December]

Athens, Paris and London … the year the people hit back

Posted in Life with tags on 28 December 2010 by Steve

“It was one of the images of 2010. The Duchess of Cornwall in evening gown and jewels, mouth open, panic-stricken eyes, recoils in horror as the limousine carrying her and the heir to the throne strays into one of the biggest street protests staged in London for years …” (more)

[Katherine Butler, Belfast Telegraph, 28 December]

Call for young teachers to be tested on literacy level

Posted in teaching with tags on 28 December 2010 by Steve

“Student teachers should be assessed on their reading, writing and numeracy skills before they qualify, a controversial report suggests …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 28 December]

Surge in demand for TEFL courses

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 28 December 2010 by Steve

“There has been a surge in demand for courses offering English-language teaching qualifications, with record numbers of people leaving Ireland to seek jobs in education abroad …” (more)

[Pamela Newenham, Irish Times, 28 December]

A university president counting the pennies

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 28 December 2010 by Steve

“There is an interesting report in the US media about the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before I go into the details, let me just say that this is a well-known and highly respected American public university …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 28 December]

Banks attempt to suppress maths student’s exposé of chip and pin

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 28 December 2010 by Steve

“Cambridge computer scientists have become embroiled in angry exchanges with Britain’s banks and credit card lenders, accusing them of bullying and trying to ‘censor’ a PhD student who was exposing flaws in chip-and-pin machines …” (more)

[Richard Garner, Independent, 28 December]

The AI Revolution Is On

Posted in research with tags on 28 December 2010 by Steve

“… But even as the traditional dream of AI was freezing over, a new one was being born: machines built to accomplish specific tasks in ways that people never could. At first, there were just a few green shoots pushing up through the frosty ground. But now we’re in full bloom. Welcome to AI summer …” (more)

[Steven Levy, Wired, 27 December]