Priority Questions: Scientific Research

Posted in Research on March 26th, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation his policy on capturing the long-term benefits of scientific research, following an open letter by over 900 scientists (details supplied); his strategy for the funding of applied research and basic research; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Questions, 26 March]

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Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2015 by steve

UKBronwyn McGahan (Sinn Féin): Go raibh maith agat. I beg to move: That this Assembly expresses concern that men outnumber women by nearly three to one in high-level science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) posts; welcomes the statement by the Minister for Employment and Learning on 4 June 2013 reiterating the importance of women in the STEM sectors; and …” (more)

[and for continuation of debate see here]

[Northern Ireland Assembly debates, 24 March]

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Is slack science reporting letting down the public?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2015 by steve

UK“The Los Angeles Times recently ran the following headline: ‘Another reason to drink coffee: It’s good for your heart, study says’. It all sounded very cheery – except that the carefully researched scientific study, published in the journal Heart, didn’t say that at all …” (more)

[Lucy Ward, Guardian, 24 March]

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The scientists are mad as hell, so show them the money

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A letter signed by 800 scientists frustrated at lack of funding for basic research comes just as the Government calls for submissions on a new strategy for science, technology and innovation. Talk about timing …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 23 March]

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Basic Research and ‘That’ Letter

Posted in Research on March 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Governments always want some sort of tangible return from academic research. But since the financial crisis began in 2008, the prevailing view in Ireland has been that the primary or even the only role of academic research should be to generate economic growth through product innovation and the creation of start-ups …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 22 March]

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Funding basic research in science

Posted in Research on March 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – In response to the Irish scientists concerned about current Government policy in relation to basic research in Irish universities (March 18th), I feel it is imperative we have a response from industry …” (more)

[Patrick Gallagher, Irish Times, 20 March]

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Two tribes? Science and art are more like than unalike

Posted in Research on March 19th, 2015 by steve

UK“The case for research funding in the humanities is stronger if we recognise the similarities, argues David Eastwood. Making the case for the humanities, and more specifically making the case for research funding in the humanities, matters …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 19 March]

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Some 800 of our best scientists spell out how to achieve the right balance for Irish research

Posted in Research on March 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A properly functioning scientific research strategy is an essential for any country seeking to become a world player in this complex and highly competitive sector. Research takes place across widely differing organisations and for widely differing reasons …” (more)

[Editorial, Irish Times, 19 March]

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LERU calls for fundamental change to the financial model behind journal publishing

Posted in Research on March 18th, 2015 by steve

EU“LERU universities embrace Open Access and endorse the European Commission’s advocacy of open, wide dissemination of research outputs in its Science 2.0 (Open Science) agenda. Across Europe, universities are making progress in delivering on this objective. A number of challenges remain …” (more)

[League of European Research Universities, 18 March]

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Funding basic research in science

Posted in Research on March 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – As scientists in Ireland and Irish scientists abroad, we are committed to making our contribution to Ireland’s recovery by doing the best and most innovative research possible. However, we are deeply concerned about the research policies implemented by the current Government …” (more)

[Tom Cotter and others, Irish Times, 18 March]

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Research scientists lobby Government over funding

Posted in Research on March 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“More than 800 leading research scientists have joined forces to lobby the Government as it prepares a new national strategy for scientific research. In a letter to The Irish Times today, they outline proposals for developing a strong research base within Ireland …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 18 March]

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Gender equality in science: it takes a village

Posted in Life on March 17th, 2015 by steve

UK“Late last year, a metastudy was published showing that, since 2000, things are improving for women working in most STEM-based fields, although there are some notable exceptions …” (more)

[Guardian, 17 March]

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Maynooth University to halve number of college entry routes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on March 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University plans to halve the number of entry routes it lists on the CAO by September 2016 in a bid to give school-leavers more flexibility in their study options. The university says it will also become the first college in Ireland to offer a joint arts and science degree as part of a major revamping of its undergraduate curriculum …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 5 March]

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Maynooth set to offer students a unique arts/science degree

Posted in Teaching on March 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A radical overhaul of teaching and learning at one of the country’s universities will allow students to combine arts and science subjects in the same degree …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 5 March]

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The Problem with STEM

Posted in Teaching on March 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Despite the constant efforts to communicate the ‘relevance’ and even the ‘fun’ of STEM subjects, the fraction of school leavers who choose to pursue further study in these disciplines has remained quite static in the last decade, as shown in the figure below …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 4 March]

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A Metaphor to Retire

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2015 by steve

USA“For decades, debates about gender and science have often assumed that women are more likely than men to ‘leak’ from the science and engineering pipeline after entering college. However, new research of which I am the coauthor shows this pervasive leaky pipeline metaphor is wrong …” (more)

[David Miller, insidehighered, 3 March]

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A second home: the Brazilian influx to Irish universities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Despite the offer of a scholarship in Spain worth twice as much as one from Ireland, when it came to deciding where to do her doctoral research, Brazilian Sheila Castilho M de Sousa had no doubts about where to go …” (more, video)

[Tom Hennigan, Irish Times, 3 March]

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Science Foundation Ireland offers new paradigm for promotion of science

Posted in Research on March 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is probably best known for its work in funding world-class research in third-level institutions and research centres throughout the country but another important strand of its activity is the promotion of public awareness and engagement with science, technology, engineering and maths …” (more)

[Barry McCall, Irish Times, 2 March]

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Lessons for State in Singapore’s scientific research investment

Posted in Research on March 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Maintaining a global vision and putting more money into science are essential for any country that wants to have an international impact on research and innovation. Ireland could be at risk of missing the boat if it fails to invest at a higher lever and abandons basic research in favour of research that delivers short-term returns …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 2 March]

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Don’t be fooled by the closing gender gap in science PhDs

Posted in Research on February 19th, 2015 by steve

International“Career advancement is often described metaphorically as a pipeline. In many fields – law, film, business, journalism and academia, to name just a few – the pipeline leaks. And most of all, it leaks women. As we move further along the career path, we usually find an increasing percentage of men and a decreasing percentage of women …” (more)

[Curt Rice, Guardian, 19 February]

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