Coronavirus is a Wakeup Call for Academic Conferences. Here’s Why.

Posted in Research on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“The current international health crisis surrounding coronavirus is wreaking havoc across the globe and is now also having a major impact on the scholarly ecosystem. Academic conferences are being hardest hit as event after event is cancelled to reduce the risk of the virus spreading further. These cancellations are resulting in turmoil for many would-be attendees who have often spent months preparing for events and not only lose out on time and money, but also on the opportunity to discover and share valuable early-stage research …” (more)

[Sami Benchekroun and Michelle Kuepper, The Scholarly Kitchen, 25 March]

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Is it all about networking?

Posted in Life on April 21st, 2015 by steve

Scotland“Right at the beginning of my academic year, when I was a new lecturer in an illustrious academic institution, an older colleague pulled me aside at a faculty reception and said, ‘I’m now going to give you the most important higher education lesson you’ll ever get’ …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 21 April]

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Social Networks for Academics Proliferate, Despite Some Scholars’ Doubts

Posted in Research on April 29th, 2012 by steve

“… Then a colleague introduced him to, one of a growing number of networking sites designed specifically for scholars. ‘Friends told me that it’s basically Facebook for nerds, which I’m very happy with’, says Mr Geltner, a professor of medieval history …” (more)

[Katherine Mangan, Chronicle of Higher Education, 29 April]

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Ethical and time constraints equal network failure

Posted in Research on April 10th, 2012 by steve

“Researchers’ scruples about networking may be hampering their careers, a report has suggested. Nearly 500 researchers from a variety of universities completed a questionnaire on networking devised by Vitae, the research careers organisation …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 5 April]

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Networking by universities will lead to expertise

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2011 by steve

“At the Global Irish Economic Forum in Dublin last weekend, Peter Sutherland, chairman of Goldman Sachs, advocated more investment in universities, specifically in ‘a single institution which would be able to compete with some of the best in the world’ …” (more)

[Jim Browne, Irish Times, 14 October]

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Science’s experiment in publishing

Posted in Research on August 13th, 2010 by steve

“… So what’s it all about? Put simply, Mendeley is an open-access searchable database of academic research with a social networking twist. Every paper potentially comes with a review context – what academics read it, what else they read – and functionality to enable scientists to comment and link to other similar research …” (more)

[Lisa O’Carroll, Irish Times, 13 August]

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Posted in Research on June 4th, 2010 by steve

“I used to think that academic work was a solitary endeavor: that professors shut themselves away with their sources, thought long and hard about them, and emerged years later with masterly tomes. In fact, it is highly collaborative. I always read the ‘Acknowledgments’ section of books because I love visualizing the network of archivists, editors, colleagues, mentors, and family members who have become invested in a project and helped it succeed …” (more)

[Karen Tani, Legal History Blog, 4 June]

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Academics and pubs

Posted in Research on November 6th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“… So, that’s how academics network here in Ireland. They go to a pub, meet graduate students, test their ideas in research seminars such as these, exchange email addresses, etc. To be honest, this was my first real contact about the way academics network, but it was ever so informal, which I liked …” (more)

[A Trinity Tale, 6 November]

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Scientists hope to network Facebook-style

Posted in Research on October 25th, 2009 by steve

USA“Cornell University and six other institutions will use a US$12.2 million federal stimulus grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a Facebook-style professional networking system to link biomedical researchers across America. Participants say by making it easier for scientists to find each other, researchers will be able to improve their ongoing studies and forge collaborations that could lead to new discoveries. The new network will be called VIVOweb …” (more)

[William Kates, University World News, 25 October]

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