Archive for science

That Old “Two Cultures” Thing …

Posted in Life with tags , , on 20 March 2011 by Steve

“… Anti-science attitudes are far from unusual amongst the Arts & Humanities fraternity, which I think is a real shame. After all, you’ll have to work very hard to find a scientist who would be prepared to stand up in front of audience and proudly announce ‘I hate art’ …” (more)

[In the Dark, 20 March]

No Science Minister?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“The failure of the new FG/Labour coalition to appoint a Junior Minister for science is very disappointing. It is in contrast to the previous administration who, although they did a lot of things wrong, had a junior minister with responsibility for ‘Science, Technology & Innovation’ …” (more)

[Eoin Lettice, Communicate Science, 10 March]

Science and Innovation Policy in the ‘Towards Recovery: Programme for a National Government 2011-2016′

Posted in research with tags , on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“The major section dealing with science and innovation policy reads as follows (pp 9-10): ‘Innovation and Commercialisation: We will implement innovation and commercialisation policies as outlined below subject to cost benefit analysis …’” (more)

[Shane O’Mara, Irishscience, 7 March]

The innocent, unconscious bias that discourages girls from math and science

Posted in teaching with tags , , , on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“Barack and Michelle Obama recently invited Amy Chyao, a 16-year-old high-school junior from Texas who is working on a new cancer treatment, and Mikayla Nelson, a high-school freshman from Montana who designed an innovative solar-powered car, to sit in the first lady’s box during the president’s State of the Union Address. It was a nice gesture, but the president didn’t tell the truth about the girls …” (more)

[Shankar Vedantam, Slate, 1 March]

Boost for Dublin as next year’s European City of Science

Posted in research, teaching with tags on 24 February 2011 by Steve

“Dublin’s role as City of Science will bring benefits to Ireland and raise our international standing in research …” (more)

[Conor O’Carroll, Irish Times, 24 February]

New Geography of Global Innovation: Low student interest in science & engineering a challenge for G-7 countries

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 17 February 2011 by Steve

“A report from the Goldman Sachs Global Markets Institute says student interest in science and engineering (S&E) is low in G-7 countries, suggesting that these markets are likely to have difficulty replacing an ageing cohort of native-born scientists and engineers …” (more)

[Michael Hennigan, Finfacts, 17 February]

The Real Barriers for Women in Science

Posted in Life with tags , , on 9 February 2011 by Steve

“A new paper in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences argues that it is time to shift the discussion on the relatively small number of women in some math and science disciplines. The paper, by Stephen J Ceci and Wendy M Williams, both of Cornell University, argues that formal discrimination is no longer a significant factor in hiring and related decisions …” (more)

[Inside Higher Ed, 9 February]