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]

On Promoting Science Bloggers Who Happen To Be Female

Posted in Life with tags , , on 29 January 2011 by Steve

“If you’re plugged into the science blogtwitosphere, then you surely know that the topic of women science bloggers has been written about extensively. Rather than re-hash what many others have said, I’ll direct you to these posts by Kate Clancy and Daniel Lende …” (more)

[Jason G Goldman, The Thoughtful Animal, 28 January]

Settlement leaves questions of faith and science up in the air

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 20 January 2011 by Steve

“Should the University of Kentucky have hired a qualified astronomer to lead their new observatory, despite his strong religious views and his public doubts about evolution? Or was their decision to pass him over discrimination? Alas for those who would relish a public hashing out of these thorny questions, a lawsuit over the matter has been settled …” (more)

[Emma Marris, The Great Beyond, 19 January]

UCD backs film festival devoted to science

Posted in Life with tags , on 19 January 2011 by Steve

“Ireland may see its first film festival dedicated specifically to science subjects next summer. University College Dublin (UCD) is behind the project, and it hopes to screen a collection of films during Dublin’s stint as European City of Science in July 2012 …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 19 January]

Women of science, do you know your place?

Posted in Life with tags , on 17 January 2011 by Steve

“Why there are so few women in science? Or to be more precise, why are there so few women in the physical sciences, and so few at the top of any field? …” (more)

[Elizabeth Gibney, Research Blogs, 17 January]

Meet generation ‘science’

Posted in research, teaching with tags on 17 January 2011 by Steve

“In the slipstream of the Hunt Report on college fees and the university landscape, editor John Kennedy draws inspiration from the 47th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, where once again ingenuity shone forth …” (more)

[Silicon Republic, 17 January]

Science content of degree to be changed following review

Posted in teaching with tags , on 14 January 2011 by Steve

“The science content of a degree needed to teach physics or chemistry is being changed after a review found the two elements were not sufficient. A Teaching Council review panel said accreditation for the programme at University of Limerick should be conditional on a satisfactory review of the chemistry and physics elements …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 January]

Is scientific fraud on the rise?

Posted in Legal issues, research with tags , on 14 January 2011 by Steve

“As readers of this blog have no doubt sensed by now, the number of retractions per year seems to be on the rise. We feel that intuitively as we uncover more and more of them, but there are also data to suggest this is true …” (more)

[Ivan Oransky, Retraction Watch, 13 January]

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]

Science and the Budget

Posted in research with tags , on 8 December 2010 by Steve

“Yesterday’s budget speech by Finance Minister Brian Lenihan included little to cheer about from a section of society. That being said, there was some slightly positive rumblings with regard to science and science funding …” (more)

[Eoin Lettice, Communicate Science, 8 December]

Results black mark for our system, says Quinn

Posted in teaching with tags , , , on 8 December 2010 by Steve

“The organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) survey results are a ‘shocking indication of how our education system fails to perform at the most basic levels’, Labour’s Ruairí Quinn said last night …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 8 December]

Shattering the myth of a world-class education system

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 8 December 2010 by Steve

“The latest OECD findings expose the Irish education system for what it is – a lot less successful than we like to tell ourselves. In the dark days – and there has been a good number of late – we could at least find comfort in the quality of our education system …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 8 December]

Irish students drop in rankings for literacy and maths

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 8 December 2010 by Steve

“The ranking of Irish students in literacy and maths has fallen dramatically in the latest OECD survey. The results, described as ‘disappointing’’ by Minister for Education Mary Coughlan, contradict the common perception that Ireland enjoys a ‘world-class’ education system …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 8 December]

The news from PISA

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 8 December 2010 by Steve

“The latest results from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) are out and Ireland does not do too well. Sean Flynn has a fairly trenchant take on it. While I don’t necessarily agree with everything he says, he makes some good points …” (more)

[Kevin Denny, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 8 December]