Archive for January, 2011

Improbable research: academics assist lions in their roaring contests

Posted in research with tags , , on 31 January 2011 by Steve

“Lion-roaring competitions used to be private affairs, organised entirely by lions, without spectators. That changed in the early 1990s …” (more)

[Marc Abrahams, Guardian, 31 January]

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Do parental cash transfers weaken performance in college?

Posted in Life with tags on 31 January 2011 by Steve

“Abstract: When parents support children in college, does this undermine the incentive to do well? The authors test the hypothesis that parental cash transfers induce college students to commit moral hazard in their studies on a sample of nearly 1300 undergraduates at two Midwestern universities …” (more)

[Martin Ryan, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 31 January]

Tenure and academic freedom in the news

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 31 January 2011 by Steve

“The rather arcane principles of academic tenure and academic freedom, which have long featured on this blog, have recently moved close to the centre of industrial relations debate and political discussion …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 31 January]

77% of PhD students will stay in education rather then work in knowledge economy

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 31 January 2011 by Steve

“Releasing the results of a survey of PhD students, Alan Kelly, reveals that the majority of PhD students will stay in the education cycle rather than contribute to the so-called ‘Knowledge economy’ …” (more)

[Alan Kelly, Labour Party Blog, 31 January]

International success for Science Foundation Ireland-funded researchers

Posted in research with tags , , on 31 January 2011 by Steve

“Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has welcomed the announcement that two of its leading funded researchers, Professors Luke O’Neill and Ken Wolfe – both based at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) – have each been successful in securing special funding from the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) …” (more)

[Education in Ireland, 31 January]

Student nurses threaten strikes

Posted in teaching with tags , on 31 January 2011 by Steve

“Student nurses are planning a campaign of industrial action in protest at Government moves to cut their pay. Under plans announced in December, the Government plans to reduce and ultimately eliminate payments made to student nurses and midwives during their mandatory 36 week placement in hospitals …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 31 January]

Using culture to understand how the academy is governed

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 31 January 2011 by Steve

“William Tierney’s book, The Impact of Culture on Organizational Decision Making (Stylus 2008), discusses the importance of using a cultural lens on the governance of higher education institutions …” (more)

[Bryan Gopaul, Academic Matters, 31 January]