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USA: Contest to Lead Congressional Science Panel Heats Up

USA: Contest to Lead Congressional Science Panel Heats Up | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The contest to become the next chair of the U.S. House of Representative's Committee on Science, Space, and Technology enters its stretch run this week. The process begins with House Republicans picking their party's leaders for the 113th Congress that convenes in January. Later this month, the House Republican Steering Committee—a group of about three dozen party leaders—will put forth its choices to lead the House's 21 permanent committees, a list that is normally rubber-stamped by the full Republican caucus.

 

Today, ScienceInsider takes a closer look at the three veteran politicians running to become chair of the science panel: Representatives Lamar Smith (R-TX), F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-WI), and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA).

 

- Read a statement from Smith http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2012/11/representative-lamar-smith-i-wil.html

- Read a Q&A with Sensenbrenner http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2012/11/representative-f-james-sensenbre.html

- Read a Q&A with Rohrabacher http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2012/11/representative-dana-rohrabacher-.html

 

- ScienceInsider, by David Malakoff on 15 November 2012

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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 Now the Turkish government has withdrawn its funding.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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My students have paid £9,000 and now they think they own me

My students have paid £9,000 and now they think they own me | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The government has turned students into customers who have no respect for academics and refuse to work for their grades (...) - The Guardian, by Anonymus Academic, 18 December 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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[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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South Korean professors charged over alleged plagiarism scheme

South Korean professors charged over alleged plagiarism scheme | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Prosecutors accuse academics of colluding with publishers to boost their standing and sell more books (...) - Times higher Education, by Dvid Matthews, December 15, 2015

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A university funding system designed to crush the aspirations of the poor

A university funding system designed to crush the aspirations of the poor | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

At my university, 25% of UK undergraduates are on the so-called full grant. Now poorer students will be squeezed even more (...) - The Guardian, by Jonathan Wolff, 15 December 2015

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Universities need to hone their argument for staying in the EU

Universities need to hone their argument for staying in the EU | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Emran Mian looks at four arguments that British universities have so far mustered for staying in the EU – and says universities must engage further, detail by detail, with the Eurosceptic rebuttals to these arguments. Even in universities the support for staying in the EU is soft. There is still time for universities to construct better arguments. (...) - Blog LSE 'Impact of Social Sciences', by Emran Mia, 2015/12/15

 

 

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[Algérie] Future capitale de la recherche appliquée

Future capitale de la recherche appliquée.

Tahar Hadjar y a inauguré un Centre national de recherche en environnement, dont l'impact portera sur la promotion du rôle de la recherche universitaire dans le développement local et national. (...) - L'Expression, par Wahida Bahri, 15/12/2015

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[Algérie] La grève des enseignants universitaires suivie à 75%

[Algérie] La grève des enseignants universitaires suivie à 75% | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

La grève de trois jours à laquelle avait appelé le Conseil national des enseignants du supérieur (CNES) a été suivie à 75% dimanche, au premier jour de ce débrayage, rapportent les journaux du matin. (...) - Al Huffington Post, 14/12/2015

 

 

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[Swizerland] L'UniNE secouée par un nouveau cas de plagiat

[Swizerland] L'UniNE secouée par un nouveau cas de plagiat | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

La thèse de doctorat d'un professeur, soutenue dans une université étrangère, est mise à mal. L'auteur du plagiat est suspendu. (...) - Tribune de Genève, par 11/12/2015

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In unique deal, Elsevier agrees to make some papers by Dutch authors free

In unique deal, Elsevier agrees to make some papers by Dutch authors free | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Yearlong standoff ends with compromise.

 

A standoff between Dutch universities and publishing giant Elsevier is finally over. After more than a year of negotiations—and a threat to boycott Elsevier's 2500 journals—a deal has been struck: For no additional charge beyond subscription fees, 30% of research published by Dutch researchers in Elsevier journals will be open access by 2018. (...) - Science, by John Bohannnon, 11 December, 2015

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États-Unis : débat houleux autour de la discrimination positive à l’université

États-Unis : débat houleux autour de la discrimination positive à l’université | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

La Cour Suprême américaine se penche pour la 2e fois sur le cas d’Abigail Fisher, une jeune femme américaine qui affirme avoir été refusée par l’université du Texas parce qu’elle était blanche. Le débat s’est élargi à la question du maintien de la discrimination positive dans l’enseignement supérieur.(...) - Le Figaro, Fanny Lauzier, 10/12/2015

 

 

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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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Déficit moins élevé que prévu à l’UQAM

Déficit moins élevé que prévu à l’UQAM | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Mais la baisse des effectifs coûtera à l’établissement un million de plus qu’anticipé.

L’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) revoit à la baisse l’ampleur de son déficit pour l’année en cours. Mais les défis entourant l’atteinte de l’équilibre budgétaire requis par le gouvernement Couillard demeurent entiers pour la maison d’enseignement. (...) - Le Devoir, par Philippe Orfali, 18/12/2105

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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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Scottish government cuts higher education budget by 3 per cent

Scottish government cuts higher education budget by 3 per cent | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Meanwhile, education committee calls for 'further detail' from ministers on controversial governance measures (...) - Times Higher Education, by John Morgan, December 17, 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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Mandatory open-access publishing can impair academic freedom (essay)

Mandatory open-access publishing can impair academic freedom (essay) | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The movement to make scholarly work more accessible has created major benefits, but mandating open access -- and Creative Commons licensing -- restricts authors’ ability to say how, where and by whom their work will be reused, writes Rick Anderson. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Rick Anderson, December 15, 2015

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[UK] Does ‘academies only’ sponsorship policy waste educational expertise?

[UK] Does ‘academies only’ sponsorship policy waste educational expertise? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Headteachers in Tory-controlled Hampshire are among those hoping the House of Lords will change the education bill so that they can help neighbouring schools to improve (...) - The Guardian, by Liz Lightfoot, 15 December 2015

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[Canada] Une entente de principe a été conclue à l'UQAM

[Canada] Une entente de principe a été conclue à l'UQAM | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Une entente de principe est intervenue, mardi soir, entre la direction de l'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) et le Syndicat des étudiants employés de l'UQAM (SÉTUE) (...) - La Presse, 15/12/2015

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Change Through the Creation of a Consortium in Brazil

Change Through the Creation of a Consortium in Brazil | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

In April 2013, a group of administrators from eleven public and private Brazilian institutions met and crated, the Consortium STHEM. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Fabio Garcia Reis, December 14, 2015

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Draft agreement with Elsevier on Open Access

Draft agreement with Elsevier on Open Access | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) has, also on behalf of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS), reached a draft agreement with academic information provider Elsevier. The draft agreement is a major step in the transition toward open access publishing within the Netherlands. It also gives Dutch researchers continued access to Elsevier’s academic articles. (...) - University of Amsterdam, 14 December 2015

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[UK] Collaboration is king

The UK is a global player in cutting-edge research. Despite relatively low levels of public investment in this area, UK researchers punch above their weight: the UK represents only 0.9% of the global population, 3.2% of research and development expenditure and 4.1% of researchers, but it accounts for 9.5% of downloads, 11.6% of citations and 15.9% of the world’s highly cited articles. (...) - University World News, by Lucy Shackleton, 11 December 2015 Issue No:394

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UK Engagement Survey: universities have limited impact on students’ ‘soft’ skill development

UK Engagement Survey: universities have limited impact on students’ ‘soft’ skill development | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Responses of more than 24,000 undergraduates indicate limited development in areas such as creativity and citizenship over course of degree (...) - Times Higher Education, by Chris Havergal, December 10, 2015

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