CISPA is a threat to the world

Posted in Legal issues on April 28th, 2012 by steve

“The United States Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) has passed in the US House of Representatives despite vocal online opposition, and the surprising threat of veto from the White House. HR 3523 drew criticism because it is purported to be a threat to privacy as it encourages Internet services to share user information with government agencies …” (more)

[TechnoLlama, 28 April]

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Quinn says no to ‘narrow focus’ on university performance

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2012 by steve

“The absence of an Irish university in the Times Higher Education world reputation rankings is not a cause for concern, the Education Minister has indicated …” (more)

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‘The last thing I want is to make maths sexy’

Posted in Teaching on April 28th, 2012 by steve

“Dara Ó Briain is putting his maths degree to professional use in his new TV series, which hopes to make tricky equations as entertaining as his comedy …” (more)

[Donald Clarke, Irish Times, 28 April]

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NUIM ‘rape tape’ protest

Posted in Life on April 28th, 2012 by steve

“On Thursday April 26th, the Politics and Sociology Society of NUI Maynooth held a show of solidarity outside the Arts Block with fellow student Jerri Ann O’Sullivan who has found herself at the centre of the Garda Ombudsman’s ‘Rape Comments’ investigation in Rossport …” (more)

[Leonie Delaney, The Student Observer, 27 April]


Water on the brain

Posted in Research on April 28th, 2012 by steve

“… Another sign of Examination Season is the emergence of news stories in the mainstream media concerning Examination Season. Many such stories relate to the latest scientific finding that is somehow relevant to students and their exams. I suppose one reason for this is that most jobbing scientists work on or near college campuses, so their awareness of Exam Season is high …” (more)

[The Science Bit, 23 April]