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UNESCO's science policy schemes face funding crisis

UNESCO's science policy schemes face funding crisis | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Two initiatives for capacity building in science policy and streamlining global science decision-making have been hit by a lack of funds. - SciDev.Net, by Naomi Antony, 10 décembre 2012
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Navigating the Shifting Academic Research Landscape: Advice for the Junior Scientist

Navigating the Shifting Academic Research Landscape: Advice for the Junior Scientist | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

This is a guest post from Samantha Jones, a PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences program at the University of California San Diego.


Procuring a tenure-track faculty position in academic scientific research is becoming an elusive dream for an ever-increasing number of junior candidates. With the current percentage of successful faculty applicants hovering just above 15%, the majority of those with a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences are considering alternative career paths, regardless of their training. (...) - Future of Research, by Samantha Jones, May 3 2017

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[US] Science Advocates See Trump Backlash in Budget Boost

[US] Science Advocates See Trump Backlash in Budget Boost | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Shock over the size of the president's proposed cuts for the NIH apparently energized scientists and lawmakers. (...) - Chronicle of Higher Education, by Paul Basken, May 2, 2017

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Science wins reprieve in US budget deal

Science wins reprieve in US budget deal | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Congress gives National Institutes of Health a big boost and avoids cuts to research agencies sought by Trump. (...) - Nature, by Sara Reardon & Erin Ross, 01 May 2017

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Advice for how research scientists can best mentor those who work in their labs (essay)

Advice for how research scientists can best mentor those who work in their labs (essay) | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Adriana Bankston provides advice for how research scientists can positively influence the personal and professional development of the trainees who work in their labs. (....) - Inside Higher Ed, by Adriana Bankston, May 1, 2017

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Les frais de scolarité s'envolent pour les étudiants américains

Les frais de scolarité s'envolent pour les étudiants américains | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Aux États-Unis, les jeunes s’endettent depuis longtemps pour faire des études supérieures. Et les frais d’inscription continuent à augmenter. Résultat : des générations endettées à vie. (...) - Contrepoints, par Chloé Lourenço, 01/05/2017

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[Canada] Précarité et clientélisme

[Canada] Précarité et clientélisme | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les compressions budgétaires des dernières années dans le réseau de l’enseignement supérieur, cégeps et universités, ont eu un impact important sur les conditions d’enseignement, la gouvernance et les modes de gestion des universités, malgré l’air frais amené par le dernier budget Leitão, selon la Fédération nationale des enseignantes et enseignants du Québec, affiliée à la CSN. (...) - Le Devoir, par Caroline Rodgers, 29 avril 2017


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EU launches legal action against Hungary

The European Union has begun taking legal action against Hungary over a law that would effectively shut down Central European University, founded by billionaire George Soros in 1991, writes Emily Tamkin for Foreign Policy. (...) - University World News, by Foreign Policy, 28 April 2017 Issue No:457
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Germany sees benefits in educating international students for free

Germany sees benefits in educating international students for free | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

University leaders see benefits to policy in a country with aging population, but some states have been trying to move away from the approach. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by David Matthews, April 27, 2017

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Quelle place pour l'Afrique dans les publications scientifiques ?

Le nombre de publications scientifiques est l'un des indicateurs de l’état de la recherche d’un laboratoire, d’une université, ou d’un pays. Et depuis une dizaine d’année, le niveau scientifique de l’Afrique augmente, en témoignent ses publications.  (...) - Afriscitech, par Anthony Audureau, 24/04/2017
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Scientists Don’t View Reproducibility as ‘Risky Business’

Scientists Don’t View Reproducibility as ‘Risky Business’ | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
To the Editor: Years ago I participated in a personality test administered to staff at my research institution. The test was intended to aid managers in building well-functioning teams that included scientists, engineers, operations professionals, and outreach experts. Among other insights, the test revealed that each of these groups had different values. Significantly, scientists value getting the answer right to the near exclusion of anything else, over staying on schedule, remaining within budget, following process, and especially caring what anyone else thinks. Scientists will not cover up problems for fear of external perception; they are truth-seekers at their core. (...) – Letters - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education, by Marcia McNutt, April 20, 2017
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Being a foreign scientist in Trump’s America

Being a foreign scientist in Trump’s America | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
How is the Trump administration affecting foreign scientists working in the US? A Spanish bioscience postdoc on a non-immigrant J1 visa, based in California, who wishes to remain anonymous, shares her perspective as a foreigner in the US in the current political climate with science writer Louisa Cockbill. (...) - Naturejobs Blog, by Jack Leeming, 17 April 2017
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[US] Social scientists tell Congress: 'Don't cut our funding'

[US] Social scientists tell Congress: 'Don't cut our funding' | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Linguists, anthropologists and political scientists take to Capitol Hill to defend their research.


Evan Bradley has spent 14 years studying linguistics. But his mastery of the relationship between music and tonal languages such as Mandarin Chinese was of little use during Bradley's recent trip to Washington DC, as he tried to decipher the lingo of bureaucrats in the US Congress. He was one of 70 social scientists who descended on Capitol Hill on 29 March in an attempt to convince politicians that social science deserves government support — despite a renewed push by leading Republicans to shrink research funding.(...) - Nature, by Erin Ross, 14 April 2017

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[Netherland] With this new system, scientists never have to write a grant application again

[Netherland] With this new system, scientists never have to write a grant application again | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

An approach that may be tried in the Netherlands would do away with peer review and just let researchers give each other money


AMSTERDAM—Almost every scientist agrees: Applying for research funding is a drag. Writing a good proposal can take months, and the chances of getting funded are often slim. Funding agencies, meanwhile, spend more and more time and money reviewing growing stacks of applications. (...) - Science, by Jop de Vrieze, Apr 13, 2017

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No researcher is too junior to fix science

No researcher is too junior to fix science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

If young scientists plan to advance their careers before setting the system right, nothing will change, warns John Tregoning. (...) - Nature, by John Tregoning, 2 May 2017

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[Australia] Universities alarmed by further cuts to government funding

The federal government has confirmed university fears of further cuts to higher education spending and sharp increases in student fees. Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham announced the cuts last Monday night after noting that university funding was at record levels and had grown “above and beyond the costs of their operations”. (...) - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 01 May 2017 Issue No:458
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How science fares in the U.S. budget deal

How science fares in the U.S. budget deal | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Congress has finally reached a deal on spending bills for the 2017 fiscal year, which ends on 30 September. House of Representatives and Senate leaders announced last night that they expect lawmakers to vote this week on an agreement that wraps together all 12 appropriations bills that fund federal operations. For the past 7 months, the government has been operating under a continuing resolution that froze 2017 spending at most agencies at 2016 levels and generally prevented them from starting new programs. The new deal allows agencies to operate normally within the constraints of the spending plans, assuming that President Donald Trump signs the legislation (as is expected). It also averts a shutdown of the government that would have occurred next weekend if Congress failed to act in time. (...) - Science, May 1, 2017
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[Belgique] Minerval et marchandisation des universités : faut-il suivre le modèle australien ?

[Belgique] Minerval et marchandisation des universités : faut-il suivre le modèle australien ? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Dans un dossier paru il y a quelques jours, la revue " Regards Economiques " de l’UCL défendait l’idée qu’une hausse des droits d’inscription pour les étudiants étrangers permettrait une hausse de la qualité de nos universités, et dès lors de leur place dans les rankings, ce qui entraînerait une plus grande attractivité et donc une augmentation du nombre d’étudiants étrangers.  (...) - L'Echo, par Michel Gevers & Peter Moylan, 01/05/2017

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[US] NIH to get a $2 billion funding boost as Congress rebuffs Trump

[US] NIH to get a $2 billion funding boost as Congress rebuffs Trump | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The NIH will get a $2 billion funding hike under a bipartisan spending agreement reached late Sunday, as Congress rebuffed Trump's call for cuts. (...) - statnews.com, by Lev FACHER, May 1 2017

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Controversial UK research reform crosses finish line

Controversial UK research reform crosses finish line | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Snap general election triggers compromises in legislation overhauling how Britain’s science is funded.


A controversial and wide-ranging shake-up of the United Kingdom’s research and higher-education landscape has been completed, amid a huge rush by the country’s parliament to push through legislation.(...) - Nature, by Daniel Cressey, 28 April 2017

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[US] March for science leaders pledge to build on momentum

Following the global March for Science, which was staged in 600 cities across seven continents on 22 April, the organisers have pledged to translate their volunteer network into a global outreach movement. In a joint statement, more than 30 United States science organisations have pledged to carry on fostering public support for engagement in science through their global memberships. (...) - University World News, by Brendan O'Malley28 April 2017 Issue No:457
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Bruxelles lance une procédure contre la Hongrie

La loi sur l'enseignement supérieur qui menace l'université Soros est jugée contraire au droit européen. Un petit pas de plus vers la confrontation. La Commission européenne a annoncé, mercredi, avoir envoyé une lettre formelle au gouvernement hongrois au sujet de sa loi sur les universités. (...) - Les Echos, par Catherine Chatignoux et Gabriel Gresillon, 26/04/2017
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Live updates from the global March for Science

Live updates from the global March for Science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Follow the action with Science's reporters around the world


What a day! That’s a wrap, for now … Yes, we know there are still a few marches yet to come, including the final events in Hawaii and perhaps the central Pacific. But after posting more than 60 stories on this remarkable global event, the News staff of Science needs to take a breather. (...) - Science, Apr 22, 2017

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Defending Central European University and Academic Freedom

Defending Central European University and Academic Freedom | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Insights on how and why CEU is defending itself after being dragged into an ideological struggle not of the university’s making (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Kris Olds, April 18, 2017

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[Hungary] Students protest university law despite compromise

Thousands of Hungarian students marched on parliament late last Wednesday despite the government suggesting a compromise to keep open a university founded by United States financier George Soros, writes Marton Dunai for Reuters. Central European University, or CEU, found itself in the eye of a political storm after Hungary's parliament passed the new law recently setting tougher conditions for the awarding of licences to foreign-based universities. Critics said the new terms would hurt academic freedoms and were especially aimed at CEU, founded by the Hungarian-born Soros after the collapse of Communism and considered a bastion of independent scholarship in the region (...) - University World News, Reuters, 14 April 2017 Issue No:455
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Trump’s denial triggers 500 marches for science globally

Trump’s denial triggers 500 marches for science globally | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
The world’s first March for Science will be held on Saturday 22 April, led by a flagship event in Washington DC in the United States, and satellite events in 514 locations across the world. The march was triggered by anger at the dismissal of scientific evidence on climate change by Donald Trump during the US presidential election campaign and under his administration, cuts to research institutions' funding, and wider fears internationally of a growing trend of politicians dismissing the findings of academic experts as the work of a self-interested elite. (...) - University World News, by Brendan O'Malley, 14 April 2017 Issue No:455
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