UCD students won’t be penalised over missing classes to attend protests

Posted in Teaching on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The country’s largest university has announced a deal for students who miss classes to attend today’s climate strikes. In the deal stuck between authorities at University College Dublin and the Students Union, students will not be penalised for skipping classes where marks are normally awarded for attendance …” (more)

[Caroline O’Doherty, Independent, 20 September]

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Universities need to rein in academic air travel and greenhouse gases

Posted in Research on September 4th, 2019 by steve

International“A recent article on air travel in the journal Science has caused some turbulence in the academic community. In it, Kim Cobb, a climate scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology, calculated that she had travelled nearly 200,000 kilometres in 2017, mostly to attend conferences …” (more)

[Julie Talbot and Julien Arsenault, The Conversation, 3 September]

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Former president Mary Robinson appointed professor in Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on July 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Former president Mary Robinson has been appointed Adjunct Professor on Climate Justice in Trinity College. The President has taken up the role after resigning as Chancellor of the university at the start of June …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Independent, 12 July]

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President Higgins calls for higher education to equip students to deal with ‘crisis’ of climate change

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“President Michael D Higgins has called for students to be ‘equipped for the crisis we are in’ during the ‘struggle to mitigate climate change’ in a speech addressed to student organisations. The President made the statement at a garden party held in Áras an Uactaráin to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and the 75th anniversary of Macra na Feirme, a youth organisation for people from rural Ireland …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 24 June]

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Do the best academics fly more?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2019 by steve

“Academic flying is often justified on the basis that international conferences and travel are important to the production of new knowledge. As such, travel brings researchers into contact with new ideas, allows them to share and refine their own ideas and therefore improves the quality of their research. However, in this post Seth Wynes argues that beyond a certain level there is no clear relationship between the amount of travel undertaken by academics and the quality of their research in terms of productivity and the production of high quality papers …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 21 June]

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‘Greetings from Berlin, Tokyo, Beijing’ – Should we call time on international academic travel?

Posted in Research on February 25th, 2019 by steve

“Citing the ecological damage caused by the frequent international flights made by academics, Jürgen Gerhards asks: do academics really need to travel so much? He then presents four simple changes that could be made to reduce the environmental impact of international academic travel …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 25 February]

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Turning the blue county green in UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In a year where climate change has reared its ugly head, Eva O’Hara investigates whether UCD is leading by example in creating a greener campus here on our patch of the world …” (more)

[Eva O Hara, University Observer, 13 October]

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‘Hockey stick graph’ climate researcher’s defamation suit to go forward

Posted in Legal issues, Research on July 23rd, 2013 by steve

“… Mann first attracted the ire of those who question the scientific community’s conclusions about climate change due to his publication of what’s become known as the hockey stick graph. The graph showed that temperatures have swung up dramatically over the last century …” (more)

[John Timmer, Ars Technica, 22 July]

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Climate change, The Economist and The Irish Times

Posted in Research on May 30th, 2013 by steve

The Irish Times have kindly published an article of mine on climate change today. Two apparently contradictory facts have recently become apparent that I thought worth discussing in my regular column on the IT Science Page …” (more)

[Antimatter, 30 May]


Boris Johnson’s climate change ‘scepticism’ is an embarrassment to London’s scientists

Posted in Research on January 23rd, 2013 by steve

“Boris Johnson has become a real embarrassment to London’s scientific community after his latest outburst of climate change ‘scepticism’, which exposes not just a glaring weakness in his own knowledge but also within his team of advisers …” (more)

[Bob Ward, New Statesman, 23 January]

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Lecturer’s private research held in university system but not held for purposes of FOI disclosure, rules Tribunal

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

“A university in Liverpool did not have to disclose emails sent from a lecturer’s university email account concerning the lecturer’s work at a climate change policy think tank because the information could not be said to be ‘held’ by the institution, an Information Rights Tribunal has ruled …” (more)

[OUT-LAW, 21 December]

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Climate science critic Wegman reprimanded by one university committee while another finds no misconduct

Posted in Research on February 24th, 2012 by steve

“The author of a controversial and now-retracted paper questioning the science of climate change has been reprimanded by his university for plagiarism …” (more)

[Retraction Watch, 24 February]

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Oxford academic wins right to read UEA climate data

Posted in Research on July 1st, 2011 by steve

“An Oxford academic has won the right to read previously secret data on climate change held by the University of East Anglia (UEA). The decision, by the government’s information commissioner, Christopher Graham, is being hailed as a landmark ruling that will mean that thousands of British researchers are required to share their data with the public …” (more)

[Fred Pearce, Guardian, 1 July]

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EU research priorities to be revealed, renamed

Posted in Research on June 10th, 2011 by steve

“Climate change, energy, health and SMEs will form the centre of European Commission proposals for research funding within the new Common Strategic Framework (CSF), which will be renamed today (10 June) at a 700-strong stakeholder event. The CSF will follow on from the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) after it expires in 2013 …” (more)

[EurActiv, 10 June]

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Climate research under fire at US science budget hearing

Posted in Research on February 19th, 2011 by steve

“First came the plan, now comes the sales pitch. Following the release of President Obama’s FY2012 budget request earlier this week, John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, took center stage yesterday to defend strategic increases for science funding …” (more)

[Gwyneth Dickey Zakaib, The Great Beyond, 18 February]

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Climate Scientist Sues Skeptic for Libel

Posted in Legal issues, Research on February 9th, 2011 by steve

“A prominent Canadian climate scientist is suing a leading climate skeptic for libel, arguing that an article published online in January contained false and malicious claims …” (more)

[John Collins Rudolf, New York Times, 8 February]

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Climate targets will not be met without research strategy

Posted in Research on September 15th, 2010 by steve

“The UK lacks a research strategy for meeting the targets set out in the 2008 Climate Change Act, according to a new report from Research Fortnight …” (more)

[Exquisite Life, 15 September]

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Peer review is no picnic

Posted in Research on September 6th, 2010 by steve

“Anyone who thinks peer review is a process of nudges and winks from your mates has never faced the harsh reality of having your work pulled apart …” (more)

[Jenny Rohn, Guardian Science Blog, 6 September]

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A bona fide dispute

Posted in Research on July 22nd, 2010 by steve

“A paper scrutinising the academic credentials of people on both sides of the climate change debate has riled almost everyone …” (more)

[Darrell Ince, Times Higher Education, 22 July]


Cuccinelli tells court former U-Va professor’s academic freedom not threatened

Posted in Legal issues on June 17th, 2010 by steve

“Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has told a judge that his request for documents related to the work of former University of Virginia climate scientist Michael Mann should be granted because neither academic freedom nor the First Amendment ‘immunizes’ a person from a fraud investigation …” (more)

[Rosalind Helderman, Washington Post, 16 June]

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