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[Italy] Plans for new research hub get critical reception

The Italian government has announced plans for the launch of the Human Technopole Italy 2040, a brand new research center for the life sciences that will be lavishly funded and housed at the stylish site of a former world expo in Milan. The effort would receive €1.5 billion over the next decade and focus on genomics, personalized medicine, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases. The plans have drawn mostly criticism. Many researchers applaud the government for investing in science, but they object to the lack of transparency with which the new hub was hatched. And some worry that it won't benefit the best researchers and institutes but those with the best connections. (...) - Science, by Laura Margottini, 11 Mar. 2016
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Conflicting laws threaten Ukrainian science

Conflicting laws threaten Ukrainian science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Country’s austerity budget stands in way of law to modernize Soviet-era academy. (...) - Nature, by Quirin Schiermeier, 2 March 2016

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Indian scientists decry spending plan

Indian scientists decry spending plan | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Central government’s proposed budget boost is too little to repair crumbling infrastructure, observers contend (...) - Science by Sanjay Kumar, Mar 1, 2016

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Italian scientists protest ’serious neglect’ of research

Italian scientists protest ’serious neglect’ of research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Letter and petition urge European Union to push Italian government into action (...) Science, by Edwin Cartlidge, Feb. 29, 2016

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Budget 2017: Mandatory spending dims prospects for Obama’s budget

Budget 2017: Mandatory spending dims prospects for Obama’s budget | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Republicans oppose president’s attempt to sidestep caps in budget agreement.


President Barack Obama and the Republican-led Congress reached an agreement last December on a 2-year spending plan that was supposed to lead to a temporary truce in the annual federal budget wars. But this week Obama broke that truce, at least in the eyes of most Republicans, with a 2017 budget request that aims to use revenue not covered by that agreement to boost the budgets of several research agencies. The fiscal legerdemain is likely to trigger even more of a partisan standoff with Congress and darken an already cloudy picture for U.S. researchers who rely on federal funding. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, Feb. 11, 2016

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Does it take too long to publish research?

Scientists are becoming increasingly frustrated by the time it takes to publish a paper. Something has to change, they say. (...) - Nature, by Kendall Powell, 1O Feb 2016

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Governments: Balance research funds across Europe

We call for the European Union to push governments into keeping their research funding above subsistence level. This will ensure that scientists from across Europe can compete for Horizon 2020 research funding, not just those from the United Kingdom, Germany and Scandinavia. Europe's research money is divided between the European Commission (...) - Nature 530, 33 (04 February 2016), by Giorgio Parisi,
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How quality control could save your science

How quality control could save your science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

It may not be sexy, but quality assurance is becoming a crucial part of lab life.


Rebecca Davies remembers a time when quality assurance terrified her. In 2007, she had been asked to lead accreditation efforts at the University of Minnesota's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Saint Paul. The lab needed to ensure that the tens of thousands of tests it conducts to monitor disease in pets, poultry, livestock and wildlife were watertight. “It was a huge task. I felt sick to my stomach,” recalls Davies, an endocrinologist at the university's College of Veterinary Medicine.(...) - Nature, by Monya Baker, 27/01/2016

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How to read a scientific paper

How to read a scientific paper | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Our columnist describes how he learned to read—and actually understand—journal articles (...) - Science, by Adam Ruben, Jan 20, 2016

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Caltech suspends professor for harassment

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena has suspended a faculty member for gender-based harassment. The university has not disclosed the name of the faculty member, but Science has learned that it is Christian Ott, a professor of theoretical astrophysics who studies gravitational waves and other signals from some of the most violent events in the cosmos. In what is believed to be a first such action by the university, the researcher has been stripped of his Caltech salary and barred from campus for 1 year, is undergoing personalized coaching to become a better mentor, and will need to prove that he has been rehabilitated before he can resume advising students without supervision. Caltech has not curtailed his research activities. The case surfaces as harassment has become a major flashpoint within the astronomy community and even within Congress. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, 15 Jan 2016
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[USA] Caltech suspends professor for harassment

[USA] Caltech suspends professor for harassment | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

University restricts his access to graduate students after upholding their complaints.

For what is believed to be the first time in its history, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena has suspended a faculty member for gender-based harassment. The researcher has been stripped of his university salary and barred from campus for 1 year, is undergoing personalized coaching to become a better mentor, and will need to prove that he has been rehabilitated before he can resume advising students without supervision. Caltech has not curtailed his research activities. (...) - Science, par Jeffrey Mervis, 16/01/12

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Not prolific in research, but not lazy either: meet the ‘academic artisans’

Not prolific in research, but not lazy either: meet the ‘academic artisans’ | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Role of lecturers who play a key part in teaching and administration should get more recognition, according to study (...) - Times higher Education, 2015/12/22

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Biomedicine wins big in US budget deal

Biomedicine wins big in US budget deal | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Late spending bill gives the NIH and several other research agencies healthy increases.

 

Biomedical research advocates are revelling in holiday cheer as a budget bill passed by the House of Representatives on 18 December gives the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) its biggest funding increase since 2003. Several other science-related agencies also benefit substantially from the budget, which is expected to be passed by the Senate and be signed into law by President Barack Obama within a few days. (...) - Nature, by Sara Reardon, Chris Cesare, Heidi Ledford, 18 December 2015

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Only 12% of science academy members globally are women

The first comprehensive global survey of science academies and gender has found that only 12% of the members of 69 national science academies are women – and just 6% in maths and 5% in engineering. It recommends data collection and reporting on gender, and permanent structures to implement gender-mainstreaming activities. (...) - University World News, by Karen MacGregor02 March 2016 Issue No:403
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The manuscript-editing marketplace

The manuscript-editing marketplace | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A peer-to-peer website aims to disrupt the author-services industry.


As Sebastian Eggert prepared to submit a conference article, he realized he had a problem: neither he nor his research adviser were native English speakers, and neither had much experience in writing and publishing research papers. But Eggert, a master's student in mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich in Germany, had heard of a website where he could purchase editing services from an expert: an online marketplace called Peerwith. (...) - Nature, by Jeffrey Perkel, 01 March 2016

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Women under-represented in world’s science academies

Women under-represented in world’s science academies | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Fewer than half of academies have policies in place to boost gender equality in membership. (...) - Science, by Elisabeth Gibney, 29 Feb., 2016

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La science argentine mobilisée contre le gouvernement de Mauricio Macri

Pour la première fois depuis 1966, le monde argentin de la science dans son ensemble s’est prononcé contre la politique d’un gouvernement. Cela n’est pas survenu depuis la « Nuit des Longs Bâtons », en 1966, sous la terrible la dictature du Général Juan Carlos Ongania. Sept mille scientifiques et tous les organismes de ce secteur ont critiqué de façon très dure les politiques du gouvernement Macri envers la science. (...) - Place Publique, par Matias Ferrari, 18/02/2016
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Summit proposes steps toward biomedical workforce sustainability

Summit proposes steps toward biomedical workforce sustainability | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Workforce experts met in Washington, D.C., last week to discuss plans and goals for the future.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The idea that “hypercompetition” and lack of opportunity for aspiring scientists have made the biomedical research enterprise “unsustainable” has gained increasing acceptance since the publication of an influential 2014 article. Last week, two of that article’s authors—former Science Editor-in-Chief Bruce Alberts and former Princeton University President Shirley Tilghman—joined 25 other prominent figures from academe, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), scholarly organizations, industry, and disease advocacy groups here to work on initiatives to help improve the situation. Attention focused on funding, postdocs, staff scientists, and training for nonacademic careers. (...) - Science, by Beryl Lieff Benderly, Feb. 11, 2016

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NSF breaks new ground in reprimanding authors of flawed Science paper

NSF breaks new ground in reprimanding authors of flawed Science paper | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Editor opts for retraction after rejecting correction ordered by agency.


Retractions of scientific papers are common. But the circumstances surrounding this week’s retraction of a 12-year-old Science paper, involving research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), appear to be highly unusual. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, Feb. 4, 2016

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Germany’s excellence program gets good grades

Germany’s excellence program gets good grades | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A decade-long focus on excellence has inspired positive change in the university system, commission says.


BERLIN—Germany should award millions of euros in extra funding to its 10 top-performing universities, an international commission recommended today. That is one of the best ways to build on the country’s Excellence Initiative, a decade-long program that was supposed to boost German universities to world-class status. The commission, chaired by physicist Dieter Imboden of the ETH Zurich in Switzerland, presented its long-awaited evaluation of the program today. (...) - Science, by Gretchen Vohel, Jan. 29, 2016

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Funding: What stops women getting more grants?

Women make up 33% of the applicants who are eligible for programmes funded by the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), but they lead only 21% of grant applications. The percentage receiving large grants of more than £2 million (US$2.8 million) remains stubbornly low: in 2014, women had (...) - Nature, by David McAllister, Jan Juillerat & Jackie Hunter, Nature 529, 466 (28 January 2016)
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Turquie: L'UE dénonce la chasse aux universitaires pacifistes d'Erdogan

Turquie: L'UE dénonce la chasse aux universitaires pacifistes d'Erdogan | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

21 intellectuels sont poursuivis pour avoir signé un appel à l'arrêt des opérations contre les Kurdes. «Un climat d' intimidation» inacceptable pour Bruxelles. (...) - Libération, 15/01/2016

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Brazil’s scientist-entrepreneurs unfettered

Brazil’s scientist-entrepreneurs unfettered | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

New law clears way for academia-industry tie-ups


SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL—Full-time professors at public universities in Brazil will now be allowed to carry out research in the private sector—and get paid for it, without having to drop their academic jobs. The change is the result of a new law, signed yesterday by President Dilma Rousseff, designed to bring science and industry closer together. (...) - Science, by Herton Escobar, 2016/01/12

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Turkey ends funding for controversial research institute

Turkey ends funding for controversial research institute | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The Institute of Turkish Studies has been accused of pushing the Turkish state's agenda on the Armenian genocide. Now the Turkish government has withdrawn its funding. Why? (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Elizabeth Redden, December 22, 2015

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E.U. frees up data for science

Scientists in Europe have won a major battle over access to personal health data. A research coalition had worried that draft E.U. legislation would have sharply restricted scientific use of such data. This week, however, scientist-friendly amendments emerged from negotiations between the European Parliament, the European Council, and the European Commission.(...) - Science, by Hinnerk Feldwisch-Drentrup, Dec. 19, 2015

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