College offers jobless graduates chance to upskill

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 4th, 2010 by steve

“The Institute of Technology Tallaght has introduced a new course targeting unemployed graduates. Part of a partnership with private training firm Innovo, the college is looking to upskill 80 graduates or industry professionals from science, technology, engineering or business backgrounds …” (more)

[Ailish O’Hora, Independent, 4 September]

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Stem cell plaintiffs blast NIH chief, question total funding freeze

Posted in Legal issues, Research on September 4th, 2010 by steve

“James Sherley of the Boston Biomedical Research Institute in Watertown, Massachusetts, and Theresa Deisher of AVM Biotechnology in Seattle, Washington, the two plaintiffs behind a recent court injunction that has frozen US government funding for human stem cell research, have filed a memorandum with the court blasting the government’s position and questioning the Justice Department’s interpretation of the injunction …” (more)

[The Great Beyond, 4 September]

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Inspiring teacher who encouraged others in research and their careers

Posted in Life on September 4th, 2010 by steve

“Barry Raftery, who has died aged 66, had a major impact on archaeology in Ireland and Europe over a long and distinguished career. He retired in 2007 as professor of Celtic archaeology in UCD and was the recognised authority on Iron Age Ireland. He was an inspiring teacher and communicator, encouraging others in their research and careers …” (more)

[Irish Times, 4 September]

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A Rush to Moral Judgment

Posted in Legal issues, Research on September 4th, 2010 by steve

“The recent (self-)destruction of Harvard evolutionary biologist Marc Hauser is both hard to watch and impossible not to. When the university last month found Hauser guilty of scientific misconduct – ugly and serious words, those, meaning in this case either tweaking data or fabricating it outright – someone really, really big started a long fall in slow motion …” (more)

[David Dobbs, Slate, 3 September]

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Absence of pupil tracking ‘hinders research’

Posted in Research on September 4th, 2010 by steve

“The absence of a tracking system to follow the progress of pupils from the start of primary school is hampering work that could help improve education policies, according to a leading researcher …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 4 September]

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Ireland bottom of schoolbooks league

Posted in Governance and administration on September 4th, 2010 by steve

“Ireland is among a small number of EU countries where the Government does not contribute some or all the costs of children’s schoolbooks …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 4 September]

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FAS internal probe reveals manipulation of test results

Posted in Legal issues on September 4th, 2010 by steve

“An internal FAS investigation has uncovered evidence of  ‘suspected malpractice’ with the running of a number of its training courses, the Irish Independent has learnt …” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 4 September]

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The End of Tenure?

Posted in Legal issues on September 4th, 2010 by steve

“In tough economic times, it’s easy to gin up anger against elites. The bashing of bankers is already so robust that the economist William Easterly has compared it, with perhaps a touch of hyperbole, to genocidal racism. But in recent months, a more unlikely privileged group has found itself in the cross hairs: tenured ­professors …” (more)

[Christopher Shea, New York Times, 3 September]

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Educator and businessman held in high regard by friends and colleagues

Posted in Life on September 4th, 2010 by steve

“Michael MacCormac, who has died aged 84, was Professor Emeritus of the Faculty of Commerce at UCD. He retired as professor of business administration in 1986, having previously served as dean of UCD School of Business. Among his many academic achievements was the introduction of the first MBA course in Europe to UCD …” (more)

[Irish Times, 4 September]

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Medieval history expert and dedicated socialist

Posted in Life on September 4th, 2010 by steve

“Alf O’Brien, who has died aged 72, was a lecturer in the department of medieval history in University College Cork, a dedicated socialist and a leading authority on the life and times of medieval Ireland …” (more)

[Irish Times, 4 September]

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