Harsh Reviews for European Commission Video Aimed at Closing Science Gender Gap

Posted in Teaching on June 22nd, 2012 by steve

“Science, technology, math and engineering fields suffer from a troubling gender gap, many experts argue. The European Commission (EC), for example, reports that fewer than 32% of Europe’s career researchers are women. But the EC is taking a lot of flak for its latest attempt to close that gap, a campaign launched on Thursday called ‘Science: It’s a Girl Thing’ …” (more)

[Meghna Sachdev, ScienceInsider, 22 June]

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Saving Latin from the Tory Party

Posted in Teaching on June 22nd, 2012 by steve

“For me, one of worst effects of the Michael Gove education agenda, with its stress on traditional skills, is that it tends to make Latin look as if it is the favourite subject of the radical right wing …” (more)

[Mary Beard, A Don’s Life, 22 June]

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Comment is Free, but Not Necessarily Sensible

Posted in Life on June 22nd, 2012 by steve

“Just as I was leaving my office at the end of last week’s typically frenetic activities, I was caught on the phone with an invitation to write a Comment is Free piece on women in science for last Sunday’s Observer …” (more)

[Athene Donald’s Blog, 22 June]

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Thousands of European students ‘failing to repay loans’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 22nd, 2012 by steve

“Thousands of foreign students handed taxpayer-backed loans to study at British universities are failing to make repayments – leaving a multi-million pound hole in Government finances …” (more)

[Graeme Paton, Daily Telegraph, 22 June]

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President Obama comments on College Affordability

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 22nd, 2012 by steve

“President Obama has commented publicly on college affordability, noting that college attendance has never been more important for US citizens, as those with a college degree earn twice as much on average as those without a high school diploma and have half the unemployment rate …” (more)

[SD Lawrence, Education News, 22 June]

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Why ‘Pinkifying’ Science Does More Harm Than Good

Posted in Teaching on June 22nd, 2012 by steve

“It’s a tough fight, trying to keep girls and women interested in and doing science. So it’s extremely sad when a well meaning campaign makes the entire scientific community sick to its collective stomach. I present to you: ‘Science, it’s a Girl Thing!’ …” (more)

[Skepchick, 22 June]

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A Bigger EU Research Budget? Don’t Count On It Yet

Posted in Research on June 22nd, 2012 by steve

“European researchers should be cautious about their hopes for a big budget boost under Horizon 2020, several observers told a meeting here yesterday. Financial constraints among EU member states could shrink the proposed €80bn budget to €60bn or even less …” (more)

[Gretchen Vogel, ScienceInsider, 22 June]

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Could ebooks be the future for university libraries?

Posted in Research on June 22nd, 2012 by steve

“Sarah Emily Duff makes the case for using ebooks to carry out academic research …” (more)

[Guardian Professional, 22 June]

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Science: It’s a girl thing – Excuse me while I die inside

Posted in Teaching on June 22nd, 2012 by steve

“Yet another well-meaning yet soul-crushingly misdirected initiative from the public purse, this time as the European Commission engages in a cack-handed attempt to convince the high-heeled, lipstick stained people they’ve conflated with women in general that science is a Girl Thing …” (more)

[Frank Swain, SciencePunk, 22 June]

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University tutor wins £60,000 libel damages from Mail and Standard

Posted in Legal issues on June 22nd, 2012 by steve

“A university tutor has won £60,000 in libel damages from the Daily Mail and London Evening Standard over stories alleging he was involved in violence at a demonstration against education cuts …” (more)

[Josh Halliday, Guardian, 22 June]

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Open University lecturer under investigation after ‘publishing a Dylan Thomas story under her own name’

Posted in Legal issues on June 22nd, 2012 by steve

“Dr Joanne Benford, an Open University lecturer, is being investigated for suspected plagiarism after allegedly publishing a Dylan Thomas story under her own name …” (more)

[Anita Singh, Daily Telegraph, 22 June]

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‘It’s a girl thing’ is patronising drivel

Posted in Teaching on June 22nd, 2012 by steve

“This excruciating video, produced under the auspices of the European Commission via ‘Women in Research and Innovation’, is I suppose meant to encourage more young women to become scientists …” (more, video)

[In the Dark, 22 June]

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Ministers Bruton and Sherlock announce €6m in funding for Centre for Learning Innovation

Posted in Teaching on June 22nd, 2012 by steve

“The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD and the Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock TD have jointly announced the investment of €6 million over six years in the Centre for Learning Innovation which will benefit Irish businesses across both the technology and education sectors …” (more)

[Trinity College Communications Office, 22 June]

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To wear or not to wear – that is the question!

Posted in Life on June 22nd, 2012 by steve

“The conversation on academic fashion started with a post where I wondered what to wear while presenting a keynote lecture. People sent me a lot of links and photos, which inspired me to start a new side project: a Pinterest Board on academic fashion. Recently, PhD student of fashion blogs, Rose Findlay wrote a follow up to post with extra tips on dressing …” (more)

[Inger Mewburn, The Thesis Whisperer, 22 June]

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Publishers! What Are They Good For? Part Deux: The Debate

Posted in Research on June 22nd, 2012 by steve

“A few weeks back, I wrote a short post asking you to submit your questions for a panel discussion that was to take place at the Society For Scholarly Publishing’s Annual Meeting. To those of you who took the time to submit your thoughts and questions, thank you …” (more)

[David Smith, The Scholarly Kitchen, 22 June]

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UCD’s €50m sports centre to open with Olympic-sized pool

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2012 by steve

“A new €50 million sports and fitness complex, which includes the State’s third Olympic-specification swimming pool, is to open at University College Dublin on Monday. The UCD Sport Fitness student centre also includes a tournament-grade debating chamber named after the late taoiseach Garret FitzGerald …” (more)

[Fiona Gartland, Irish Times, 22 June]

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Maritime cluster project receives national award

Posted in Research, Teaching on June 22nd, 2012 by steve

“The new concept of an Irish Maritime and Energy Resource Cluster in Cork has received a public service excellence award by Taoiseach Enda Kenny …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 22 June]

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At Meeting of University Presses, the Future Presses In

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2012 by steve

“Be part of the conversation, mind your metadata, and use technology as a bridge to the world: That advice animated sessions at the annual meeting of the Association of American University Presses, held here this week …” (more)

[Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Education, 21 June]

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