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NIH tackles major workforce issues

NIH tackles major workforce issues | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
US agency aims to expand training options for graduate students and to increase demographic diversity. (...) - Nature, by Meredith Wadman, 12 December 2012
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La discrimination positive a peu changé le recrutement des meilleures universités américaines

La discrimination positive a peu changé le recrutement des meilleures universités américaines | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Selon une étude du « New York Times », les Noirs et les Hispaniques sont encore moins représentés qu’en 1980 parmi les admis en premier cycle des cent meilleurs établissements. (...) - Le Monde, par Adrien de Tricornot, 29/08/2017

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[Germany] HE funding, tuition fees pushed in federal elections

[Germany] HE funding, tuition fees pushed in federal elections | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Despite falling behind Chancellor Angela Merkel in recent polls, Martin Schulz of the Social Democrats or SPD still believes he has a chance of winning the federal elections in September. Meanwhile, the small Free Democratic Party or FDP has made education its prime topic in a bid to gain a junior role in what is likely to become a coalition government. (...) - University World News, by Michael Gardner, 25 August 2017 Issue No:471
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[Chile] Students and rectors oppose state university reforms

On 21 August students of Universidad de Chile, or UCH, the country’s largest university, staged a sit-in at its headquarters in central Santiago to press for changes to the state universities bill, tabled by the government last June. They hung up a large banner that read: “Chileans: the education ministry lies”, adorned by some thirty half-filled black balloons symbolising the 'mourning' of state universities if the bill is not modified.  (...) - University World News, by María Elena Hurtado22 August 2017 Issue No:471
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[Japan] How do university leaders view internationalisation?

[Japan] How do university leaders view internationalisation? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Recent political developments have problematised the international activities that are increasingly central to the functioning of higher education systems and institutions.  (...) - University World News, by Futao Huang and Tsukasa Daizen18 August 2017 Issue No:470
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"Frequently cited goals of internationalization include ‘improving the quality and level of research’ (34.3%), ‘enhancing university prestige and reputation’ (31.4%) and ‘improving staff quality’ (30.8%). While the primary goal of both national and local public sectors is to improve the quality of research (80.6 % and 41.7% respectively), private universities primarily hope to enhance their prestige and reputation (21.4%)."
 
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[China] Cash bonuses for peer-reviewed papers go global

[China] Cash bonuses for peer-reviewed papers go global | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

China's rewards are richest, but many nations now offer incentives for publishing in top journals.


China is well known for the generous bonuses it pays scientists who land a peer-reviewed publication in a prestigious research journal. But scientists in many countries are reaping similar bounties. (...) - Science, by Alison Abritis, Alison McCook, Retraction WatchAug. 10, 2017

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Indian scientists taking to streets en masse

Indian scientists taking to streets en masse | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Marches planned in more than 30 cities next week.


NEW DELHI—Inspired by this past April’s global march for science, Indian scientists are gearing up for their own march in more than 30 cities on 9 August, organizers announced today. Their main beefs are anemic science funding and growing religious intolerance. (...) - Science, by Sanjay Kumar, Aug. 4, 2017

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[US] Why would a university pay a scientist found guilty of misconduct to leave?

[US] Why would a university pay a scientist found guilty of misconduct to leave? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

University of Georgia case opens rare window into settlement practices.


In June 2016, investigators at the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens concluded that Azza El-Remessy, a faculty member who studied the impact of diabetes on the eye, had committed misconduct and recommended she be terminated. El-Remessy hired a lawyer to dispute the findings, but the following October she gave up her challenge after the university paid her $100,000—essentially to leave.(...) - Science, by In June 2016, investigators at the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens concluded that Azza El-Remessy, a faculty member who studied the impact of diabetes on the eye, had committed misconduct and recommended she be terminated. El-Remessy hired a lawyer to dispute the findings, but the following October she gave up her challenge after the university paid her $100,000—essentially to leave. (...) - Science, by Victoria Stern, Retraction Watch, Jul. 31, 2017

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[US] With unusual candor, Senate appropriators ‘reject’ cuts to energy research

[US] With unusual candor, Senate appropriators ‘reject’ cuts to energy research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Budgetmakers tell White House what they really think.


Many observers hoped Senate budgetmakers would oppose cuts to the Department of Energy's (DOE's) basic and applied research programs proposed by the White House in May. But they may not have expected them to be quite so blunt about it. The detailed report that accompanies the Senate version of the so-called energy and water bill, which funds DOE, contains several passages in which Senate appropriators express their objections to cuts in unusually frank language. (...) - Science, y Adrian Cho, July 24, 2017

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How (Not) to Buy an Academic – Casey Fiesler – Medium

How (Not) to Buy an Academic – Casey Fiesler – Medium | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Here’s a scary thought: “Google has been paying university professors for favorable policy papers.” The basic idea, put forth by the Google Transparency Project (GTP), is that Google is paying millions of dollars to academics in order to “buy” research that is favorable to their policy positions. Their report is called “Google Academics, Inc.” (...) - Medium, by Casey Fiesler, July 17, 2017

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Scientists of America - Notre réponse à l’invitation d’Emmanuel Macron

Scientists of America - Notre réponse à l’invitation d’Emmanuel Macron | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Gardez vos millions, nous nous débrouillerons avec nos milliards


Le sémillant président français Emmanuel Macron, à peine élu, a tendu une main fraternelle aux scientifiques des États-Unis d’Amérique pour leur proposer sa protection, alors même que le président Donald Trump a fait connaître son hostilité aux domaines de la recherche scientifique auxquels, à titre personnel, il ne croit pas, parce qu’ils contrarient sa vision du monde ou celle de ses électeurs. (...) - Scientists of America

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[Russia] Government cuts 40% of state-funded university places

The Russian government is pushing on with plans to cut 40% of state-funded places in domestic universities in 2018 and to cut teaching jobs at state universities. These plans were first announced about a year ago. However, their implementation was postponed due to signs of the beginning of a recovery of the Russian economy from the economic crisis and the possibility of lifting of at least part of Western sanctions against Russia. (...) - University World News, by Eugene Vorotnikov, 13 July 2017 Issue No:468
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US lawmakers seek $1.1-billion boost for the NIH

Legislation introduced in the House of Representatives also rejects a White House plan to cut 'indirect cost' payments to research institutions. (...) - Nature, by Lauren Morello, 12 July 2017

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A doctoral student organizes a network for mothers in academe (essay)

A doctoral student organizes a network for mothers in academe (essay) | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

When Tina Cheuk discovered firsthand that academe can still penalize women in their childbearing years, she founded a network for positive change. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Tina Cheuk, July 6, 2017

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[Tunisie] L’enseignement universitaire ne doit pas se transformer en industrie

[Tunisie] L’enseignement universitaire ne doit pas se transformer en industrie | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le Directeur général de l'université privée SESAME expose sa vision quant à la formation de l'ingénieur.


Mohamed Marouene, Directeur Général de l’université privée SESAME, revient sur la formation d’ingénieur d’une part et l’accréditation donnée par l’Ordre des ingénieurs à SESAME récemment, dans une déclaration accordée à leconomistemlaghrebin.com. (...) - leconomistemlaghrebin.com, par Hamza Marzouk, 26/08/2017

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A bold open-access push in Germany could change the future of academic publishing

A bold open-access push in Germany could change the future of academic publishing | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Consortium hopes to make all German-authored papers free to read by paying annual fee.


The library at Berlin's Humboldt University is one of many that won't renew its Elsevier subscriptions. HUUBOA/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS A bold open-access push in Germany could change the future of academic publishing By Gretchen Vogel, Kai KupferschmidtAug. 23, 2017 , 12:15 PM BERLIN—In a third-floor conference room here overlooking the famous Potsdamer Platz, once bisected by the Berlin Wall, the future of academic publishing is being negotiated. The backdrop is fitting, because if the librarians and academic leaders at the table get their way, another major divide will soon fall: the paywall that surrounds most research papers. (...) - Science, by Gretchen Vogel, Kai Kupferschmidt, Aug. 23, 2017

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Cambridge University Press blocks access to 300-plus articles on request of Chinese censors

Cambridge University Press blocks access to 300-plus articles on request of Chinese censors | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Cambridge press agrees to block access in China to more than 300 articles from a key journal for scholarship on the nation. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Elizabeth Redden, August 21, 2017

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Updated: Researchers rally around science advocate convicted in Egypt

Updated: Researchers rally around science advocate convicted in Egypt | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Nobel laureates, heads of state urge court to drop prison sentence for Ismail Serageldin (...) - Science, by Erik StokstadSep. 13, 2017

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Funding: Austerity bites deeply

Funding: Austerity bites deeply | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Institutions in Argentina and Brazil are struggling to maintain their funding and talent. (...) - Nature, by Anna Petherick, Nature 548, 249–251 (10 August 2017)

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China cracks down after investigation finds massive peer-review fraud

China cracks down after investigation finds massive peer-review fraud | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

More than 400 authors on some 100 papers from a single journal face punishments.

A massive peer-review fraud has triggered a tough response from the Chinese government. Officials last week announced that more than 400 researchers listed as authors on some 100 now-retracted papers will face disciplinary action because their misconduct has seriously damaged China’s scientific reputation.(...) - Science, by Dennis Normile, Jul. 31, 2017

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[US] Senate spending panel would squeeze science agencies but exceed Trump request

[US] Senate spending panel would squeeze science agencies but exceed Trump request | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Budgets of NSF, NASA, NIST, and NOAA would dip slightly in 2018.


A Senate spending panel voted today to reduce funding in 2018 below current levels for several science agencies under its jurisdiction. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, David Malakoff, July 25, 2017

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MNI Open Research

MNI Open Research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
MNI Open Research is platform for rapid publication and open peer review of any research conducted by Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital researchers.

Via Julien Hering, PhD
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Julien Hering, PhD's curator insight, September 11, 3:39 PM
The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University (The Neuro) aim to be among the leaders in #openscience. With MNI Open Research, a "platform for rapid, author-led publication and open peer review of any research conducted", the objective is "to maximizing the positive impact our work can have on patient outcomes, and helping set an example for other organizations that open science is the way of the future" (Dr. Guy Rouleau, Director of The Neuro) By launching MNI Open Research, The Neuro, in partnership with F1000Research joins Wellcome Trust, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health in creating #openresearch publishing platforms
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[US] NSF reiterates policy on teaching good research habits despite its limitations

[US] NSF reiterates policy on teaching good research habits despite its limitations | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Internal agency report cites problems with implementing 2007 law aimed at curbing scientific misconduct


The National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, Virginia, has decided to double down on its implementation of a congressionally mandated policy aimed at reducing research misconduct among NSF-funded scientists, despite a new report that notes problems with the agency’s approach. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, August 17, 2017

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Budget cuts fuel frustration among Japan’s academics

Budget cuts fuel frustration among Japan’s academics | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Funding trouble at flagship research centre reflects a broader malaise in the country’s scientific priorities that must be addressed. (...) - Nature, 2017/08/14

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How to find mentors and be a good one yourself (essay)

How to find mentors and be a good one yourself (essay) | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

What sustains faculty members are relationships with others, write Jennifer Lundquist and Joya Misra, who outline how to identify mentors and how to be a better one yourself. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Jennifer Lundquist and Joya Misra, July 13, 2017

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Why academics should strive to be public intellectuals, not thought leaders (essay)

Why academics should strive to be public intellectuals, not thought leaders (essay) | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

We Don’t Need No Stinking Thought Leaders Despite Daniel. Drezner’s arguments to the contrary, now is not the “worst of times” for public intellectuals, Jonathan Marks argues. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Jonathan Marks, July 11, 2017

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