Biology’s Roiling Debate Over Publishing Research Early

Posted in Research on July 8th, 2017 by steve

International“Five years ago, Daniel MacArthur set out to build a massive library of human gene sequences – one of the biggest ever. The 60,706 raw sequences, collected from colleagues all over the globe, took up a petabyte of memory …” (more)

[Megan Molteni, Wired, 8 July]

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Biologists debate how to license preprints

Posted in Research on June 17th, 2017 by steve

International“Biology’s zeal for preprints — papers posted online before peer review — is opening up a thorny legal debate: should scientists license their manuscripts on open-access terms? Researchers have now shared more than 11,000 papers at the popular bioRxiv preprints site. But where some researchers allow their bioRxiv manuscripts to be freely redistributed and reused, others have chosen to lock them down with restrictive terms …” (more)

[Lindsay McKenzie, Nature News, 16 June]

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Students forced to re-sit exam after online blunder

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Students at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) will have to resit an exam after the original paper was accidentally uploaded to Blackboard, the college’s internal network …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 29 April]

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Contract signed for Human Biology Building with NUI Galway and BAM

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The project cost will be in excess of €30m and is funded approximately one third by public exchequer funding including €7m as announced recently in Budget 2015, with the remaining two thirds funded from University sources. The project will help to sustain up to 200 construction jobs at its peak …” (more)

[Irish Building Magazine, 27 January]

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Work to begin shortly on new Human Biology building at NUIG

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Preliminary work on a new Human Biology building at NUI Galway is expected to get underway before Christmas …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 15 December]

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What use are PhDs? What future do they have?

Posted in Life on April 16th, 2014 by steve

“A picture attached to a tweet I received from @mocost (and others) is profoundly depressing. It plots the number of PhD students in the US (86,000) against the average time to completion (7 years) against the current number of postdocs (estimated at between 37,000 and 68,000) …” (more)

[Shane O’Mara’s Blog, 16 April]

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Pay (less) to publish: ambitious journal aims to disrupt scholarly publishing

Posted in Research on June 12th, 2012 by steve

“… For a one-time $99 fee, anyone can publish a single paper a year for life (although the first dozen authors on the paper all have to sign up). $259 buys any author a lifetime membership, with the ability to publish as many papers as they choose. Bottom line: for only a fraction of the cost of a regular publication, researchers can publish as often as they want …” (more)

[John Timmer, Ars Technica, 12 June]

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Teaching on an interdisciplinary degree program

Posted in Teaching on January 15th, 2012 by steve

“For all my career I’ve taught on an interdisciplinary degree program – the BSc in Biotechnology at DCU. Our program  contains about 35% mathematical material (chemical engineering and maths) and the rest is biology of all kinds. Getting the level of material right is a recurring challenge for the lecturer …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 15 January]

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New Biology Textbook is ‘Born Digital’

Posted in Teaching on May 24th, 2011 by steve

“Biology textbooks at third-level are about to go digital. Nature Publishing Group (NPG) have today announced that they are to launch a series of ‘affordable, high quality interactive textbooks in college-level science’ …” (more)

[Eoin Lettice, Communicate Science, 24 May]

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When Economists Misunderstand Biology

Posted in Research on March 21st, 2011 by steve

“It really does matter: if economists are going to use biology as a model for their discipline, we need them to understand ours, to help improve theirs. But I’m getting ahead of myself …” (more)

[Mike the Mad Biologist, 21 March]

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When is an Experiment Not an Experiment?

Posted in Teaching on July 27th, 2010 by steve

“… Leaving Cert curricula are, by necessity, very tightly defined. When told at 3rd-level that what is written in a textbook needs to be balanced against the most recent research in the area as well as a student’s own experiments and observations, the student trained in rote learning only can often falter …” (more)

[Eoin Lettice, The Frog Blog, 22 July]

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Colleges combine with systems biology

Posted in Research on September 17th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Having too much information can be as frustrating as having too little. That’s why a new research partnership launched earlier this week is taking a ‘big picture’ approach to understanding how cells function. Launched on Tuesday and allocated €14.8 million by Science Foundation Ireland, the new Centre for Science Engineering and Technology (CSET) will focus on systems biology, which is ‘a new way to do science’, according to Prof Walter Kolch. He is the incoming director of the Systems Biology Institute at University College Dublin, which will link with Remedi at NUI Galway to form the new CSET partnership, Systems Biology Ireland …” (more)

[Clare O’Connell , Irish Times, 17 September]

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