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[USA] Political Science: Physicist Bill Foster Heads Back to Congress

[USA] Political Science: Physicist Bill Foster Heads Back to Congress | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

ou can't question Bill Foster's determination. After losing his seat in the House of Representatives two years ago, the Illinois Democrat snagged a different one as he trounced seven-term House veteran Judy Biggert (R-IL) in the contest to represent the state's newly drawn 11th district. An independently wealthy businessman and a particle physicist by training, Foster worked at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia, Illinois, for 22 years before leaving in 2006. When he takes office in January, he will be one of two Ph.D. physicists in Congress. [The other will be Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ), a plasma physicist who will return for his eighth term in the House.] (...) - ScienceInsider, by Adrian Cho, 14 November 2012

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[US] Trump’s NIH budget may include reducing overhead payments to universities

[US] Trump’s NIH budget may include reducing overhead payments to universities | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Academia says payments essential to high-quality research (...) - Science, by Jocelyn Kaiser, March 17 2016

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Scientists Brace for a Lost Generation in American Research

Scientists Brace for a Lost Generation in American Research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Private funding isn't enough to offset the president's proposed budget cuts, they say. (...) - The Atlantic, by Adrienne Lafrance, March 16 2017

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What Trump’s Budget Outline Would Mean for Higher Ed

What Trump’s Budget Outline Would Mean for Higher Ed | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

President Trump’s "skinny budget," which is just an opening offer in the budget-writing process, proposes cuts in several agencies and programs. (...) - Chronicle, March 16, 2017

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A grim budget day for U.S. science: analysis and reaction to Trump's plan

A grim budget day for U.S. science: analysis and reaction to Trump's plan | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

We're detailing the numbers and what people think of them.


President Donald Trump rolled out his first budget request to Congress today. It is for the 2018 fiscal year that begins on 1 October. It calls for deep cuts to some federal science agencies (read our initial coverage to get some of the numbers), and is likely to draw fierce opposition from the scientific community and many lawmakers in Congress. (...) - Science, March 16 2017

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L’omertà des universités suisses

L’omertà des universités suisses | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Quel est l’avenir des universités suisses ? La Confédération a ratifié les accords de Bologne, issus des négociations des ministres européens de l’éducation menées en 1999, et dont le but était l’harmonisation de l’enseignement supérieur tout en renforçant la mobilité des étudiants et en facilitant la reconnaissance des diplômes. Ces objectifs ont été atteints en partie avec, pour conséquence, une explosion des tâches administratives pour les corps enseignants. [...] - Blog Le Temps, 16/03/2017

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[UK] Brexit will cause flight of EU academics, say Oxford leaders

[UK] Brexit will cause flight of EU academics, say Oxford leaders | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

College heads warn that without reassurance on their rights many lecturers, researchers and support staff will depart, causing ‘enormous damage’ (...) - The Guardian, 13 March 2017

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[Canada] Universities adapt to student flight from humanities

Over the last decade, students have fled the humanities. In response, universities have cancelled individual courses, or entire specialised humanities programmes. Instead of hiring tenure-track professors to replace retiring faculty, they make do with less, or turn to sessional instructors who teach when and if there is demand, writes Simona Chiose for The Globe and Mail. (...) - University World News, by The Globe and Mail, 11 March 2017 Issue No:450
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[Norway] In search of a new form of university governance

In Norway there is a growing resistance to university reforms and the present approach to governance is being dubbed 'New Public Management'. The term is not used consistently by everybody discussing it, but it is increasingly becoming synonymous with almost everything that critics do not like in universities.  (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 10 March 2017 Issue No:450
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Americans don’t understand the point of universities, according to 90% of university heads

Americans don’t understand the point of universities, according to 90% of university heads | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

“Disconnect” and “misunderstanding” are two words increasingly being bandied about by political scientists and news commentators to describe the state of social affairs in the US. In the era of president Donald Trump, college campuses are one of the clearest examples of the level of division around. (...) - Quartz, Amy X Wang, March 10 2017

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A challenge to college presidents to fight for low-income students (essay)

A challenge to college presidents to fight for low-income students (essay) | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Wick Sloane challenges the college leaders at this weekend’s annual meeting of the American Council on Educatio n: fight for low-income students. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by March 10 2017

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Undergraduate researchers report only moderate knowledge of scholarly communication: they must be offered more support

Undergraduate researchers report only moderate knowledge of scholarly communication: they must be offered more support | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Undergraduate students are increasingly participating in the scholarly communication process, mostly through formal research experiences. However, Catherine Fraser Riehle and Merinda Kaye Hensley, having surveyed and interviewed university students, reveal that undergraduate researchers have only moderate levels of confidence in their knowledge of scholarly communications, especially publication and access models, author and publisher rights, determining the impact of research, and research data management. Moreover, students revealed that to receive specific guidance in these areas was rare. There is much opportunity for faculty members, graduate students, librarians, and research programme coordinators to collaborate and develop learning interventions in these areas. (...) - Blog LSE 'Impact of Social Sciences', by Catherine Fraser Riehle and Merinda Kaye Hensley, 9 March 2017
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International students worth £25 billion to UK economy

International students studying in the United Kingdom now generate more than £25 billion (US$30 billion) for the economy and provide a significant boost to regional jobs and local businesses, according to new figures. (...) - University World News, by 08 March 2017 Issue No:450
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[Canada] L’Université de Sherbrooke s’entend avec ses professeurs

[Canada] L’Université de Sherbrooke s’entend avec ses professeurs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Deux ans de conflit et 11 journées de grève plus tard, les professeurs ont entériné mardi soir à 82% l’entente de principe qui leur a été présentée par l’employeur. (...) - Le Devoir, par Philippe Orfali, 08/03/2017

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US science agencies face deep cuts in Trump budget

US science agencies face deep cuts in Trump budget | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institutes of Health are big losers — but planetary science at NASA stands to gain. (...) - Nature, by Sara Reardon, Jeff Tollefson, Alexandra Witze & Erin Ross, 16 March 2017

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A grim budget day for U.S. science: analysis and reaction to Trump's plan

A grim budget day for U.S. science: analysis and reaction to Trump's plan | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

We're detailing the numbers and what people think of them (...) - Science, by March 16 2017

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[Belgique] Marcourt veut imposer la publicité des recherches scientifiques

[Belgique] Marcourt veut imposer la publicité des recherches scientifiques | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

L’objectif: imposer le libre accès aux résultats de recherche. (...) - Le Soir, 16/03/2017

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[US] Trump’s budget is everything scientists have been fearing

[US] Trump’s budget is everything scientists have been fearing | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The outline cuts at least $7 billion for research on climate change, diseases, and energy. (...) - Vox, by Brian Resnik, March 16 2017

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US science agencies face deep cuts in Trump budget

US science agencies face deep cuts in Trump budget | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institutes of Health are big losers — but planetary science at NASA stands to gain. (...) - Nature, by Sara Reardon, Jeff Tollefson, Alexandra Witze & Erin Ross, 16 March 2017

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Scientists are conspicuously missing from Trump’s government

Scientists are conspicuously missing from Trump’s government | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Trump has moved to fill just one of 46 top science posts requiring Senate confirmation. (...) - Washington Post, by Chriss Mooney, March 13 2017

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[Japan] Debate heats up over free higher education plan

Discussions are heating up within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party over how the government should procure funds to make universities and junior colleges tuition-free after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his willingness in his January policy speech to make it happen, reports The Yomiuri Shimbun. (...) - University World News, by The Yomiuri Shimbun, 11 March 2017 Issue No:450
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The quest to reveal science’s hidden female faces

The quest to reveal science’s hidden female faces | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Campaign on Wikipedia seeks to track down photos of female scientists and those from minority ethnic groups. (...) - Nature, By Dalmeet Singh Chawla, 8 March 2017

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[Brazil] Affirmative action students equal or outperform peers

Brazilian university students who are awarded quotas for race and low income or receive specific scholarships or loans have similar or better academic results than their classmates, according to a recent study, thus disproving the argument in Brazil that quota receivers displace better-qualified students and become worse professionals. (...) - University World News, by María Elena Hurtado, 10 March 2017 Issue No:450
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More female researchers globally, but challenges remain

More female researchers globally, but challenges remain | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Despite progress, female researchers remain a minority and publish fewer papers, according to a new report (...) - Science, by Rachel Bernstein, Mar. 9 2017

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At 10, Europe’s ‘excellence’ fund faces calls for change

At 10, Europe’s ‘excellence’ fund faces calls for change | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The European Research Council has earned a reputation for quality—and for being risk averse.


In 2007, Canadian-born archaeologist Nicole Boivin struck gold. The European Commission had just created a brand new agency, the European Research Council (ERC), that promised generous grants for young researchers around the continent based on a single criterion: the quality of their work. Boivin, then 37 and a postdoc at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, was among the first winners with a proposal that merged humanities and natural sciences to better understand early trade connections and biological exchange across the Indian Ocean. “At that point, for a young researcher like myself to get €1.2 million was astounding,” she says. And it came with a “pretty extraordinary” freedom: to spend the money as Boivin saw fit. (...) - Science, by Kai Kupferschmidt, March 9 2017

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Surprising New Study: Brazil Now A Global Leader In Gender Equality In Science

Surprising New Study: Brazil Now A Global Leader In Gender Equality In Science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

In a surprising new study, Brazil ranks higher than the United States, United Kingdom, and the European Union when it comes to the proportion of women publishing scientific articles. In fact, the country has nearly reached gender equality on this measure. (...) - Forbes, by Shannon Sims, March 8, 2017

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