Discipline tardy journal editors, say scholars

Posted in Research on February 9th, 2017 by steve

International“Editors of academic journals should be investigated for ‘professional negligence’ if peer review at their publications takes too long, says a leading critic of the scholarly publishing industry. Despite many editors being unpaid or poorly remunerated for their work, plant scientist Jaime A Teixeira da Silva believes they ‘should be held accountable’ if authors are made to wait for an ‘excessive or unreasonable amount of time’ before a decision is made on their research …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 7 February]

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The university as pillar of the community

Posted in Research on February 9th, 2017 by steve

“The rowhouses along the Amtrak railway line are the introduction to Baltimore for many visitors. Once, perhaps, these terraces might have been home to people who worked in the city’s steel, shipping and car industries. Now many of the houses are abandoned and decaying, sagging alarmingly, boarded up, or with upstairs windows removed to reveal dark, empty rooms …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 9 February]

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Galway firm to build 429 bed student accommodation at NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Galway contractor JJ Rhatigan has been selected to build a new 429 bed student accommodation block at NUI Galway. The Salthill-headquartered firm will design and build the accommodation, and works are now underway …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 8 February]

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French auditors criticize €5-billion science super-campus near Paris

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2017 by steve

“France’s government auditor has taken a sharp swipe at efforts to develop a science super-campus near Paris that, by 2020, was supposed to rival the world’s top campus universities, such as the US Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). More than €5.3 billion (US$5.7 billion) in public spending has been earmarked for the Paris-Saclay science cluster …” (more)

[Barbara Casassus, Nature News, 8 February]

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Professor Mark Ferguson reappointed as Director General of Science Foundation Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Science Foundation Ireland today announced the reappointment of Professor Mark Ferguson as Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland. Professor Ferguson will serve a further five year term …” (more)

[SFI, 8 February]

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Third Level Staff – Trinity College

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2017 by steve

IrelandClare Daly (Dublin Fingal, United Left): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the diminishing of terms and conditions of employment of both academic and administrative staff in Trinity College (details supplied); and if so, his plans regarding same …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 February]

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