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[US] The high cost of funded research in colleges and universities

[US] The high cost of funded research in colleges and universities | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

These internal research expenditures fall into two categories, which I will call “open” and “hidden”. As these terms may suggest, the first is a set of costs that are reported nationally by the NSF and consequently appear in numerous reports put out by the institutions themselves. On the other hand, hidden costs are well known, but seldom openly discussed even thought they contribute very significantly to the institutional cost of research . (...) - Changing Higher Education, 2016/08/24

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Science academies blast US government’s planned research-ethics reforms

Science academies blast US government’s planned research-ethics reforms | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Panel recommends scrapping proposed changes to 'Common Rule' on human-subjects research.

The US government’s proposed overhaul of regulations that govern research with human subjects is flawed and should be withdrawn, an independent advisory panel said today. (...) - Nature, by Sara Reardon, 29 June 2016

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In effort to understand continuing racial disparities, NIH to test for bias in study sections

In effort to understand continuing racial disparities, NIH to test for bias in study sections | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

New data confirming lower success rates for African-Americans prompt pilot studies.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, has decided to find out whether its fabled grantsmaking process discriminates against African-American scientists. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, June 9, 2016

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NSF director unveils big ideas

France Córdova, the director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, Virginia, has unveiled a research agenda intended to both shape the agency's next few decades and win over the next U.S. president and Congress. The nine "big ideas" she presented last week to the National Science Board are meant to illustrate how increased support for the type of basic research that NSF funds can help answer pressing societal problems. They range from how humans interact with technology to how climate change in the polar regions will impact the global economy, environment, and culture. Córdova admits that it's unusual for a federal agency to talk publicly about its long-range budget plans. But she is betting that touting the agency's capabilities during an election year will pay dividends after voters have chosen a successor to President Barack Obama.  (....) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, 13 May 2016

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[US] Faculty positions: Tenure figures tumble

Academia is moving towards more part-time positions, and fewer tenured ones.

The number of US faculty members who have tenure or are on the tenure track is falling, according to a report by the American Association of University Professors in Washington DC. Over the past 40 years, the proportion of the academic labour force that is in a full-time tenured position has shrunk by one-quarter, and the proportion in tenure-track posts has halved, reports Higher Education at a Crossroads. (...) - Nature 533, 135 (2016)

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[US] Paper argues that adjuncts' push for better pay and working conditions is prohibitively expensive and would cost jobs

[US] Paper argues that adjuncts' push for better pay and working conditions is prohibitively expensive and would cost jobs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

New paper argues that colleges can't afford to improve the pay and working conditions of those off the tenure track. Activists slam the analysis. (...) - Inside higher Ed, by Colleen Flaherty, March 17, 2016

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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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[US] NIH releases first agency-wide strategic plan in 2 decades

[US] NIH releases first agency-wide strategic plan in 2 decades | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Document formally ends support for 10% set-aside for AIDS research, promises to heed disease burden.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) today released its first agency-wide strategic plan in more than 20 years. Although the document is largely a roundup of what the agency is already doing, it has some NIH advisers wondering whether the plan promises too much. (...) - Science, by Jocelyn Kaiser, Dec. 16, 2015

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US budget deal could ease uncertainty over science spending

Tentative agreement would ease the mandatory spending caps known as sequestration.  (...) - Nature, by Chris Cesare, 28 October 2015

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Social scientists are alarmed by new legislation on NSF grants

Social scientists are alarmed by new legislation on NSF grants | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Representative Lamar Smith may be among the least popular members of Congress with social scientists. As chair of the House science committee, the Texas Republican has pushed legislation that would result in significantly lower funding levels for social science research supported by the National Science Foundation, and he has repeatedly questioned grants in social science disciplines.(...) - InsideHigherEd, by Scott Jaschik, August 3, 2015

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[US] How Our Universities Are Failing Us

[US] How Our Universities Are Failing Us | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The Closing of the American Mind dealt with the way academic relativism has failed our democracy, but it did not spark the kind of fruitful conversation that Allan Bloom hoped for; much less did it inspire a systematic effort to rectify the errors of modern academia. Today’s college students say they believe in democracy but cannot explain why, and neither can they explain what they are actually getting with their college education. In the past half century, higher education has gone through a democratizing revolution, with the result that more and more students are being sold an increasingly expensive product that neither their professors nor the deans and presidents of their colleges can even begin to define. (...) - Minding the Campus, by James Piereson, July 27, 2015

 

 

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[US] Visa restrictions limit academic freedom

A few months ago, New York University Professor Andrew Ross was denied entry to the United Arab Emirates, or UAE, on ideological grounds. The incident put academic freedom in the Arab World under a microscope, but the coverage failed to recognise that the US has similarly unethical restrictions for non-citizen scholars.

Each year many students, faculty and independent scholars are denied entrance to the US based on economic, national, age and other forms of discrimination. These US visa policies discriminate exclusively against citizens of Latin America, Asia, Africa and nations of Muslim majority. The US visa controls are comparable to UAE’s in their effect on academic freedom. (...) - University World News, by Jeffrey Herlihy-Mera, 17 July 2015 Issue No:376

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US postdocs hope for overtime pay

A change to the rules on working hours could end up boosting salaries.

 

A proposed regulation by US President Barack Obama that would extend overtime pay to millions of workers triggered fierce discussion among academics — including some who think that it could result in heftier pay for postdocs. If approved, the regulation would enable salaried workers who earn less than about US$50,400 per year to receive at least 1.5 times their usual rate for every extra hour worked beyond a 40-hour week. (...) - Nature, by Chris Woolston, 8 July 2015

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[US] House panel would give NIH a 4% raise to $33 billion

[US] House panel would give NIH a 4% raise to $33 billion | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Spending panel poised to approve slightly smaller increase than Senate panel has endorsed (...) - Science, by Jocelyn Kaiser, Jul. 6, 2016

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[US] Out, out red tape: Congress weighs bills to reduce regulatory burden on academic science

[US] Out, out red tape: Congress weighs bills to reduce regulatory burden on academic science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Focus on saving time and money a part of larger proposed reforms.


The federal government and U.S. universities are notorious for their stifling bureaucracies. So it’s no great surprise that the government’s oversight of campus-based research is larded with requirements that are inefficient, redundant, and simply make no sense. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, June 28, 2106

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New chair of science board helps make NSF’s case to U.S. Congress

New chair of science board helps make NSF’s case to U.S. Congress | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Maria Zuber helped craft campaign to rebut attacks on NSF’s grantsmaking process (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, May 31, 2016

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Could shrinking NSF’s beloved Indicators be a boon to researchers?

Could shrinking NSF’s beloved Indicators be a boon to researchers? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Agency rethinks approach to its massive biennial statistical report.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is pondering that seemingly paradoxical approach as part of rethinking Science and Engineering Indicators—the agency’s massive biennial statistical bible covering everything from spending on research and education to regional development, trade, and public attitudes toward science. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, May 4, 2016

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[US] New funding matchmaker will cater to NIH rejects

[US] New funding matchmaker will cater to NIH rejects | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Online pilot program will connect unfunded grant applications with foundations.

Last year, U.S. researchers received about 42,500 pieces of bad news from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Their grant proposal had been rejected; they wouldn’t be receiving a piece of the agency’s roughly $30 billion federal funding pie. For many, the next step is to cast around for slices of smaller pies—grants from nonprofit disease foundations or investments from private companies that might keep their projects alive. (...) - Science, by Kelly Servick, Mar 23, 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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Updated: Budget agreement boosts U.S. science

Updated: Budget agreement boosts U.S. science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

NIH leads the pack as Congress hikes basic research at several agencies.

 

Congress today overwhelmingly passed the 2016 spending bill. The House of Representatives this morning voted 316 to 113, with a majority of Republicans and nearly all Democrats favoring the $1.1 trillion package for all federal agencies. The Senate concurred a few hours later with a vote of 65 to 33. President Barack Obama is expected to sign it into law later today. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, Dec. 18, 2015

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Updated: Budget agreement boosts U.S. science

Updated: Budget agreement boosts U.S. science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

NIH leads the pack as Congress hikes basic research at several agencies.

Congress today overwhelmingly passed the 2016 spending bill. The House of Representatives this morning voted 316 to 113, with a majority of Republicans and nearly all Democrats favoring the $1.1 trillion package for all federal agencies. The Senate concurred a few hours later with a vote of 65 to 33. President Barack Obama is expected to sign it into law later today. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, Dec 18, 2015

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NSF peer review remains target for Congress

NSF peer review remains target for Congress | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

House science panel again defines what research is in the national interest.

 

Republican legislators today reiterated their distrust of the National Science Foundation (NSF), with the science committee for the U.S. House of Representatives approving legislation that would tighten its oversight of NSF’s merit-review process. The vote is the latest twist in a bitter fight between many House Republicans and the U.S. scientific establishment over the rules of engagement on federal funding for research. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, 8 October 2015

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Budget showdown leaves US science agencies in limbo

Budget showdown leaves US science agencies in limbo | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Lawmakers face looming deadline to reach a deal — or risk government shutdown.

When the US Congress returns from its late-summer recess in early September, lawmakers and President Barack Obama will have less than three weeks to reach a budget deal for 2016, and in doing so determine the funding of key science agencies. (...) - Nature, by Chris Cesare, 28 July 2015

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Society asks NIH to act now to lessen biomed scientist glut

Society asks NIH to act now to lessen biomed scientist glut | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

ASBMB identifies consensus recommendations in previous reports, plans meeting to craft steps forward.

 

The authors of a new report urging changes in training the U.S. biomedical workforce say they were motivated by a desire for “less talk, more action.” But their prescription for how the National Institutes of Health (NIH) should deal with a glut of young scientists demonstrates why the problem has been so hard to solve. (..;) - Science, by Jocelyn Kaiser, 20 July 2015

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Congress pushes NIH to spur breakthroughs through prizes

Congress pushes NIH to spur breakthroughs through prizes | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

House bill would apply popular approach to finding cures and improving health (...) - Science, by Kelly Servick, 16 July 2015

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