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We need slow science to sow the seeds of future prosperity

We need slow science to sow the seeds of future prosperity | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

It's tempting to invest in rapid development at the cost of slow and steady research – but good things come to those who wait (...) - New Scientist, Feb 13, 2017

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Judge science on merit, not assumptions

Judge science on merit, not assumptions | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Prejudices about research in particular countries harms the openness required for successful international relationships. (...) - Nature, Editorial, 9 Nov 2016

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Science gets little attention in Australian budget

Science gets little attention in Australian budget | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Scientists are pleased there are apparently no further cuts.


Blink and you missed it. Science got barely a mention in Australia’s 2016–17 federal budget released yesterday. Total spending won’t be known until someone tallies the line items scattered across government departments. But there is little to suggest any recovery from the $2.2 billion decline in support for science, innovation, and research since 2014. It was “no surprise that there is little new for science in [the] budget,” says Catriona Jackson, CEO of Science and Technology Australia in Canberra, the country’s top scientific society. (...) - Science, by Leigh Dayton, May 4, 2016

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Progressive Science Institute challenges researcher ‘bias’

Progressive Science Institute challenges researcher ‘bias’ | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Inspired by previous movement in 1960s, PhD students say that ‘science is not neutral’ and urge scientists to confront their assumptions (...) - THE, by David Matthews, September 28, 2015

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75% of US scientists and engineers are white. We need diversity to lead on Stem

75% of US scientists and engineers are white. We need diversity to lead on Stem | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

As demand grows for workers trained in science, technology, engineering and math, minorities are the untapped resource we must nurture. (...) - The Guardian, 2 June 2015, by Sophia Shaw

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[Belgique] Une science qui mérite mieux que le mépris

"On ne peut tenir indéfiniment un double discours. D’un côté, la célébration de la recherche fondamentale, nourricière de la recherche appliquée et prometteuse de beaux jours et d’emplois. De l’autre, l’asphyxie des moyens, les coupes claires, le désespoir et l’incertitude des chercheurs."


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Bernard Rentier's curator insight, April 12, 2015 3:27 AM
Sous prétexte d'un règlement de compte NVA vs PS, l'objectif du démantèlement de la Politique scientifique fédérale est l'indépendance scientifique de la Flandre. Étonnant aveuglement dogmatique nationaliste à l'heure où l'avantage est incontestablement au regroupement des forces de recherche... Aveuglement nourri par les contre-vérités effarantes du recteur de la KUL (http://www.lesoir.be/845969/article/actualite/belgique/2015-04-09/verites-torfs-mettens-ne-resistent-pas-l-epreuve-des-faits) connu pour son activitisme politique. Mais il existe hélas une cohérence générale: http://m.levif.be/actualite/belgique/de-la-dislocation-federale-ou-la-chronique-d-une-mort-annoncee/article-opinion-388079.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=vif
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[US] Survey finds US public still supports science

[US] Survey finds US public still supports science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Researchers question meaning of an apparent opinion gap between scientists and the public.

The US public trusts scientists and supports science. But scientists and non-scientists are concerned about the state of children’s science education, and researchers are dismayed about the state of US science, according to a poll released on 29 January. (...) - Nature, par Erika Check Hayden, 29 January 2015

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Research is mostly slow and non-significant

Research is mostly slow and non-significant | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

It’s easy to forget this. We are constantly bombarded with new, exciting science stories every single day. There are a gazillion science bloggers covering the latest discoveries and our twitter stream is full of newly published research results. We don’t generally see much coverage of what really happens when research occurs. Most of the time, the process is rather slow, typically quite boring, and results are often non-significant. (...) - by Christopher Buddle, Scilogs "Expiscor", 30 April 2014

 

 

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How to Level the Playing Field for Women in Science

How to Level the Playing Field for Women in Science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The "baby penalty" in academe could be eased with four key reforms.

 

The good news: Many more women than ever before are completing Ph.D.’s in the sciences. Back in 2000, when I was appointed the first female dean of the graduate division at the University of California at Berkeley, I was delighted to learn that about half of the incoming doctoral students in the biological sciences—and more than 30 percent in heavily male fields like chemistry and engineering—were women. However, I also noticed that in most of the science departments where young women were eagerly enrolling, very few of the faculty members were female. (...) - The Chronicle of Higher Education, by Mary Ann Mason, March 3, 2014

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Scholars in the humanities and the sciences should value one another (essay)

Scholars in the humanities and the sciences should value one another (essay) | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Crossing the Gulf of the Two Cultures 


As  we in the humanities defend ourselves, we should not engage in the corollary of denouncing the sciences as unimportant. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Ed Simon, January 6, 2017

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UK scientists face an uncertain future after Brexit vote

UK scientists face an uncertain future after Brexit vote | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The UK's decision to leave the European Union has rattled the scientific community, amid fears that the so-called "Brexit" referendum could threaten funding for British research an (...) - The Verge, by Amar Toor, June 24, 2016

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[UK] Science could suffer from Brexit – Lords report

A powerful United Kingdom parliamentary committee has warned that Britain could lose high-level strategic influence over not only European but more widely international science policy in the event of a Brexit after the June referendum on continued membership. (...) - University World News, by David Jobbins, 21 April 2016 Issue No:410
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Sexism has no place in science

The comments about women in the laboratory made by Nobel laureate Tim Hunt are a reminder that equality in science is a battle still far from won. (...) - Nature, 15 June 2015

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Leading scientists favour women in tenure-track hiring test

Leading scientists favour women in tenure-track hiring test | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

US science and engineering professors preferred female job candidates by two to one.

 

Universities in the United States employ many more male scientists than female ones. Men are paid more, and in fields such as mathematics, engineering and economics, they hold the majority of top-level jobs. (...) - Nature, by Boer Deng, 13 April 2015

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Trust in science and scientists is not eroding in Europe

Trust in science and scientists is not eroding in Europe | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The state of confidence and seeking reassurance of continued trust of science and scientists in society is the subtext of much consideration and concern. (...) EuroScientist Webzine, 25/02/2015

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Europe: Scientists protest cuts, study shows HE funding divide

As scientists across Europe campaign against “vicious” budget cuts, the European University Association published a report last Friday highlighting long-term funding cuts in a majority of countries – some as high as 40% – and an “evolving geographical divide” in terms of higher education investment that it warns is harming Europe’s global competitiveness. (...) - University World News, by Karen MacGregor, 11 October 2014 Issue No:338

  

  
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UK science workforce

Ueport seeks to quantify diversity in the country's scientific workforce.

 

Ethnic-minority workers are most highly represented in the most senior and junior positions of the UK scientific workforce, says a 7 March report. A Picture of the UK Scientific Workforce, from the Royal Society in London, examines gender, ethnicity and other factors, and is the most comprehensive analysis of its type, says Julia Higgins, chair of the report's steering group. The report finds that black researchers are slightly under-represented in the most senior roles, whereas scientists from China are statistically over-represented in those positions. It also finds that although women comprise just over half of the scientific workforce, they account for less than one-quarter of those in the highest-level positions. - Nature 507, 265 (2014), 12 March 2014

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U.N. Scientific Advisory Board Inaugurated in Berlin

U.N. Scientific Advisory Board Inaugurated in Berlin | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Panel may come up with follow-up for the Millennium Development Goals.

BERLIN—What do Malaysia's chief science adviser, Abdul Hamid Zakri; Barbadian historian Hilary Beckles; and Italian nuclear physicist Fabiola Gianotti have in common? They all serve on the United Nations' new Scientific Advisory Board, which was inaugurated this morning at the German Federal Foreign Office in the presence of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. (...) - by Kai Kupferschmidt, Science, 30/01/2014

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