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Elsevier opens its papers to text-mining

Posted in Research on February 3rd, 2014 by steve

International“Academics: prepare your computers for text-mining. Publishing giant Elsevier says that it has now made it easy for scientists to extract facts and data computationally from its more than 11 million online research papers …” (more)

[Richard Van Noorden, Nature, 3 February]

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Serendipity at the heart of some of the world’s greatest scientific breakthroughs

Posted in Research on February 3rd, 2014 by steve

“While the modern world of commercially driven research might lead you to believe that most innovators and inventors know exactly what they’re doing, the reality is quite different …” (more)

[John Holden, Irish Times, 3 February]

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Parents failing to guide girls into science and technology

Posted in Teaching on February 1st, 2014 by steve

“The poor uptake by girls of study in science, technology and engineering may be partly because parents feel ill-equipped to advise them on the new world of work …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 1 February]

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Science isn’t swayed by the fashion of the age

Posted in Research on January 30th, 2014 by steve

“Last week, I gave a public lecture at Trinity College Dublin on the emergence of the Big Bang model of the origin of the universe. We got a very good turnout, as always with events hosted by Astronomy Ireland …” (more)

[Cormac O Raifeartaigh, Irish Times, 30 January]

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Education and Science Quotes

Posted in Research, Teaching on January 20th, 2014 by steve

“Here are some nice quotes, sayings and downright clichés related to education, science and innovation that I have come across over the last while as I read and researched for this blog and my ebook …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 20 January]

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Calculus of innovation

Posted in Teaching on January 14th, 2014 by steve

“What is it American policy-makers do not get about proficiency in mathematics and science at high school being one of the most important predictors of economic success—both for individuals themselves and for the country as a whole? …” (more)

[The Economist, 14 January]

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Time to make science work in the classroom

Posted in Teaching on January 10th, 2014 by steve

“It is of great concern that children are losing interest in science and maths by the age of eight. This may be due to how science is taught at primary school level. Many primary school teachers did not experience science instruction as part of their teacher training …” (more)

[Ingrid Hook, Irish Times, 10 January]

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Is there really a replication crisis in science? And is there really a problem with the reliability and validity of the published literature?

Posted in Research on December 28th, 2013 by steve

“A tiny post here (30 words) linking to another blog on problems with the published scientific literature attracted lots of hits – and left me wondering about the vexed issue of replication and reproducibility (these are not the same things) in science …” (more)

[Shane O'Mara's Blog, 28 December]

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Scientists pitch projects in plain English at NUIG

Posted in Research on December 15th, 2013 by steve

“Who won the newspaper cartoon war in 1913? What are ‘orphaned’ public goods? These and other compelling questions were the focus of an unusual contest for academics in a Galway theatre this week …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 14 December]

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Peter Higgs: I wouldn’t be productive enough for today’s academic system

Posted in Research on December 6th, 2013 by steve

“Physicist doubts work like Higgs boson identification achievable now as academics are expected to ‘keep churning out papers’ …” (more)

[Decca Aitkenhead, Guardian, 6 December]

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Scientific publishing: How to fix peer review

Posted in Research on December 4th, 2013 by steve

“Peer review, many boffins argue, channelling Churchill, is the worst way to ensure quality of research, except all the others. The system, which relies on papers being vetted by anonymous experts prior to publication, has underpinned scientific literature for decades …” (more)

[The Economist, 4 December]

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Student performance improves in science

Posted in Teaching on December 3rd, 2013 by steve

“The triennial Pisa (Programme for International Student Assessment) project always delivers a wealth of data and statistics that can be somewhat difficult to digest …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 3 December]

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UK science is under threat – from English higher education policy

Posted in Research on November 29th, 2013 by steve

“The UK science base must be protected from poorly thought out and badly implemented English higher education reforms …” (more)

[Kieron Flanagan, Guardian, 28 November]

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Defend the University, Defend Science

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2013 by steve

“Right now, Irish excellence in scientific research and education is diminishing. The current government seems intent on dismantling the university system – where the vast majority of the scientific research and higher education is conducted …” (more)

[Paul A Higgins, Love Irish Science, 27 November]

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Pupils ‘have lost interest in science by time they’re eight’

Posted in Teaching on November 21st, 2013 by steve

“Children as young as eight are already switching off from science and maths, a government education adviser warned as a major review of teaching in these key subjects was launched …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 November]

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Science loses credibility if studies can’t be replicated

Posted in Research on November 21st, 2013 by steve

“My task today is difficult. I must discuss a serious internal problem in science – it seems that a significant fraction of the results published in the scientific literature is unreliable …” (more)

[William Reville, Irish Times, 21 November]

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Minister Sherlock announces launch of STEM Education Review Group

Posted in Teaching on November 20th, 2013 by steve

“The Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock TD, today announced the launch of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics STEM Education Review Group. The STEM Education Review Group will be chaired by Professor Brian Mac Craith, President of DCU …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 20 November]

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Move over, IT crowd: there’s still a loud call for humanities

Posted in Life on November 13th, 2013 by steve

“One of the most frequently asked questions of business representatives is: ‘Where are the jobs of the future?’ The truthful answer is that, in the medium to longer term, we cannot be too precise …” (more)

[Tony Donohue, Independent, 13 November]

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Seanad report: Seán Sherlock notes low interest in science

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2013 by steve

“Research has revealed that those between 18 and 24 years do not consider science and technology industries interesting, Minister of State for Education and Skills Seán Sherlock told the Seanad …” (more)

[Michael O'Regan, Irish Times, 13 November]

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Are students interested in science?

Posted in Life on November 8th, 2013 by steve

“One of the pitfalls of being a lecturer is that you tend to assume that students are like you. Many of us who teach science and engineering are naturally curious about scientific matters and probably keep abreast of developments in science generally …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 8 November]