Can conservatives break the copyright stalemate?

Posted in Legal issues on February 10th, 2013 by steve

“Cries for copyright reform have typically come from Silicon Valley liberals. But in recent months, conservatives are adding arguments of their own. This presents the chance to reach a grand bargain on fixing copyright …” (more)

[Jeff John Roberts, GigoOM, 10 February]

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How to survive college burnout

Posted in Life on February 10th, 2013 by steve

“After the assignments and exams are finally done and handed up, a person can feel a little worse for wear at the finish line. The pressure and stress have been lifted yet you still feel as if you could sleep for months …” (more)

[Emily Bodkin, Independent, 10 February]

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Software that tracks people on social media created by defence firm

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2013 by steve

“A multinational security firm has secretly developed software capable of tracking people’s movements and predicting future behaviour by mining data from social networking websites …” (more)

[Ryan Gallagher, Guardian, 10 February]

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Howlin: Govt will not seek further concessions

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2013 by steve

“The Government will not ask for any further concessions from public sector workers if agreement is reached in the latest round of Croke Park talks. Public sector unions are being asked to agree savings of €1 billion in the talks …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 10 February]

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Sussex students continue to occupy university building

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2013 by steve

“A group of students protesting over plans to privatise support services at the University of Sussex are continuing their sit-in at its conference centre …” (more)

[BBC News, 10 February]

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Diplomats set to lose free fees perk for children

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 10th, 2013 by steve

“Irish diplomats – who are paid to talk for Ireland – have been stunned into silence by proposals to remove a free education perk for their children. The Department of Education, under pressure from foreign multinationals to give high-flying executives on secondment here the same perk, have decided to remove it altogether …” (more)

[Jerome Reilly, Independent, 10 February]

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Let’s Get Stereotypes out of Science Education

Posted in Teaching on February 10th, 2013 by steve

“Women are from Venus, like making cupcakes, like bright colours – particularly pink – and need to be told at frequent intervals that ‘math is meant to be hard’. That seems to be the verdict you could cull from many pop-psychology articles …” (more)

[Athene Donald’s Blog, 10 February]

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Scientists and their emotions: the highs … and the lows

Posted in Life on February 10th, 2013 by steve

“A computational biologist describes the elation of making a breakthrough – and the misery of not doing so – while three other scientists tell us how their work plays on their emotions …” (more)

[Ewan Birney, Observer, 10 February]

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Letters to a young academic

Posted in Life on February 10th, 2013 by steve

“Regrets? They’ve had a few … but with the frustrations have come joys and satisfaction, too. Here, six scholars reveal what they wish they had known at the beginning of their careers and offer some sage advice to would-be professors …” (more)

[Matthew Reisz, Times Higher Education, 7 February]