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Russia shakes up its universities

Russia shakes up its universities | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Government plans to close struggling institutions and increase funding to the best. (...) - by Quirin Schiermeier, Nature, 17 December 2012
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[Belgique] Refinancer l’enseignement supérieur est possible

Paul Nihoul, Vincent Vandenberghe et Vincent Yzerbyt, professeurs à l’Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), dans une carte blanche publiée par la Libre Belgique du 11 juin proposent une piste pragmatique et réaliste pour restaurer un financement de l’enseignement supérieur qui corresponde à une plus juste rétribution du travail fourni par les institutions et donc au minimum de moyens qu’elles réclament à cor et à cris depuis des années, tout en ne faisant pas porter la charge sur les enfants de contribuables de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (FWB). (...) - Blog Bernard Rentier, Recteur, 21/06/2014

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US: AAAS Unveils Updated Data on Humanities Funding

US: AAAS Unveils Updated Data on Humanities Funding | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences made its case for the humanities in high-profile report last year called “The Heart of the Matter.”In the year since, the academy says its Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences has heard consistent requests from college and university personnel and others for more accessible data on the topic. So the academy on Thursday unveiled three new or updated data troves in which decision makers and others interested in the humanities can find facts and figures to continue the national conversation. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, June 20, 2014

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[Québec] L’UdeM accusée de choisir l’enseignement à deux vitesses

[Québec] L’UdeM accusée de choisir l’enseignement à deux vitesses | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

La suppression du service d’accompagnement musical dérange.

L’Université de Montréal (UdeM) n’offrira plus les services d’accompagnateurs aux étudiants inscrits à la Faculté de musique à compter de l’automne prochain. Il y a deux semaines, une douzaine d’accompagnateurs ont reçu une lettre les avisant que leurs services ne seront plus payés par l’Université. Les étudiants inscrits dans les disciplines d’instruments à vent, à cordes ou en chant devront désormais assumer eux-mêmes les frais des accompagnateurs, qui sont généralement des pianistes professionnels avec qui ils travaillent étroitement en vue de préparer leur examen et leur récital solo. (...) - par Mélanie Loisel, Le Devoir, 19/06/2014

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Extracting data from plots, images, and maps with WebPlotDigitizer

Extracting data from plots, images, and maps with WebPlotDigitizer | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

It is hard to understand why in today’s all-interactive world, scientific data continues to be represented as still, lifeless images. Sadly, the good old pdf or html versions of research papers do not allow us to extract and reuse the data represented as graphics. While we wait for publishers to finally bring interactive figures to publications, and for data to be more open an easily accessible, a simple and reliable method to extract data from graph would be great. Lucky for us,WebPlotDigitizer does exactly that! (...) - Blog "Connected Researchers", June 12, 2014


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Uprooting researchers can drive them out of science

Uprooting researchers can drive them out of science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Making early-career scientists change institutions frequently is disruptive and — with modern technology — unnecessary, says Russell Garwood. (...) - Nature, 18 June 2014

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U.S. Senate panel would give slight boost to energy science budget

U.S. Senate panel would give slight boost to energy science budget | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

But 2015 spending bill falls short of president's request for DOE's Office of Science.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) science program would see a slight budget increase under a spending bill approved today by a U.S. Senate appropriations subcommittee. The bill would provide $5.086 billion for DOE’s Office of Science in the 2015 fiscal year that begins 1 October. That is about $20 million above current spending levels and about $25 million less than requested by President Barack Obama. (...) - by David Malakoff, Science, 17 June 2014

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AAUP conference sessions focus on academic freedom in relation to social media

AAUP conference sessions focus on academic freedom in relation to social media | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

'Can I Tweet That?'

 

WASHINGTON -- From censored tweets to viral videos of professors’ partisan “rants,” numerous faculty members have found themselves in hot water over how they’ve used or been portrayed on social media in the past year. For faculty members at most colleges and universities, social media is a kind of “wild west” in which there are few – if any – articulated policies protecting professors’ right to tweet, post or otherwise share professional or personal thoughts (or to keep their thoughts private).(...) - by Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, June 13 2014

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E.U. medicines agency relaxes data-sharing rules

E.U. medicines agency relaxes data-sharing rules | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Researchers remain concerned about other possible restrictions.

Academics breathed a cautious sigh of relief when the European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced yesterday that it would soften controversial draft rules to open clinical trial data to public scrutiny. In particular, the agency says it will let researchers “download, save and print the trial data for academic and non-commercial research purposes.” A previous plan would have allowed them only to view data on their computer screens. (...) - by Tania Rabesandratane, Science, 13 June 2014

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Off to Silicon Valley (7/10). Sur NovoEd, les MOOC prennent pied dans le monde réel

Off to Silicon Valley (7/10). Sur NovoEd, les MOOC prennent pied dans le monde réel | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
En amont de la Learning Expedition organisée à l'automne 2014, EducPros vous emmène dans la Silicon Valley pour un voyage au cœur des nouvelles technologies appliquées à l'éducation. Il y a quelques années, des enseignants de Stanford créaient les plates-formes de MOOC (Massive open online courses) Coursera et Udacity. Aujourd'hui, l'université elle-même a lancé sa start-up, NovoEd, une interface d'un nouveau genre, qui cherche un ancrage dans la vie réelle. (...) - EducPros, par Coralie Garandeau, 12.06.2014
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[Allemagne] Financement de l'enseignement supérieur et de la recherche : vers une nouvelle répartition entre Etat fédéral et Lander

[Allemagne] Financement de l'enseignement supérieur et de la recherche : vers une nouvelle répartition entre Etat fédéral et Lander | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le 27 mai 2014, le gouvernement fédéral allemand et les représentants des Lander ont annoncé avoir trouvé un compromis concernant les nouvelles modalités de financement de l'enseignement (primaire, secondaire et supérieur) et de la recherche. Le contrat de coalition, signé à l'automne dernier entre la CDU/CSU et le SPD, prévoyait d'accentuer l'effort de dépenses consenti au niveau fédéral dans cette branche, par la mise à disposition de 9 milliards d'euros supplémentaires. Les premières indications sur la répartition de ces crédits ont été communiquées par le Ministère fédéral allemand de l'enseignement et de la recherche (BMBF). (...) - BE Allemagne 663, Les Bulletins Electroniques des Ambassades de France, 2014/06/12

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Postgraduate students feel overlooked

Postgraduate students feel overlooked | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Many postgraduate students struggle to meet their living costs and do not believe the current funding system works.

Postgraduate students feel marginalised and worried about finances, according to a report by Unite, the student accommodation provider.

Their financial situation is a key contributing factor to their feeling of being overlooked, the survey of 810 postgraduate students finds.

Only 22% feel the current funding system works. Nine out of 10 say they would prefer the sort of tuition-fee loan system that applies to undergraduates. (...) by Libby Page and Abby Young-Powell, The Guardian, 11 June 2014

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may be the topic is yet a bit far to come, here in Italy ... but "meeting living costs" sounds very actual, in crisis time, here too.

The difference? Many still thinks that things may change back ...

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Why UK universities should adopt US-style degrees

Why UK universities should adopt US-style degrees | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The universities minister has called for degree courses to have a major and minor option. But the UK could benefit from adopting other aspects of the US system, says Robert Segal. 

I am finishing my 20th year of teaching in the UK. I came to Lancaster University from my native US in 1994, and in 2006 I left Lancaster for the University of Aberdeen. I was born, raised, and educated in the US. But by now I think I fathom the very different UK conventions. (...) - by Robert Segal, The Guardian, 11 June 2014

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Male Professors Rarely Train Female Scientists

Male Professors Rarely Train Female Scientists | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Where are the women in America’s greatest scientific laboratories?

 

A few years ago, Jason Sheltzer and Joan Smith were at a dinner party, chatting with a physics graduate student. When she offhandedly mentioned that she was the first female student her adviser had graduated in 20 years, they were appalled. “We thought that that was amazing,” Sheltzer told me. “Twenty years without a single woman!” (...) - by Jane Hu, Slate, 11 June , 2014

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Why is no value placed on teaching experience in UK universities?

Why is no value placed on teaching experience in UK universities? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

It's time universities recognised the value of teaching experience instead of hiring based only on number of publications.

After having slogged for three or four years (or seven if, like me, you were part-time and juggling childcare) with sleepless nights and too much caffeine, you stumble towards PhD completion and apply for a temporary teaching contract. Perhaps you think this is a natural first step to a permanent post in academia, the proverbial "foot in the door"? Well, you'd be wrong. (...) - The Guardian, June 20, 2014

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[Senegal] University crisis was ‘necessary’ and ‘predictable’

Following violent confrontations between police and students at the University Cheikh Anta Diop, or UCAD – Senegal’s leading university – the Minister of Higher Education and Research Mary Teuw Niane told the media the crisis was “necessary” and “even predictable”. (...) - University World News, 20 June 2014 Issue No:325

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Crise financière à l'Université de Sherbrooke

Crise financière à l'Université de Sherbrooke | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

De nouvelles compressions s'abattent sur l'Université de Sherbrooke. Résultat : l'UdeS anticipe un manque à gagner supplémentaire d'au moins 15 M $ pour l'année en cours, voire de 20 M $. Ce nombre pourrait varier en fonction d'un projet de loi qui sera déposé cet automne. (...) - par sabelle Pion, LaPresse, 19/06/2014

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The View From Both Sides of the Track

The View From Both Sides of the Track | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

How tenure-track faculty members can do more to help in the contingent-labor crisis.

 

While in the middle of my Ph.D. studies, I was on my way back to La Guardia airport after a conference when I had a long discussion with a cab driver. It turned out that he had been a medical doctor in his home country but his qualifications were not recognized in the United States. He had no choice but to find any job he could to make ends meet, even though he had worked as a specialist in pediatric care for years. I remember feeling immense frustration for the waste of his gifts and knowledge. (...) - by Andrea Witzke Slot, The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 18, 2014

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Scientific publishing: The inside track

Scientific publishing: The inside track | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Members of the US National Academy of Sciences have long enjoyed a privileged path to publication in the body's prominent house journal. Meet the scientists who use it most heavily. (...) - by Peter Aldhous, Science, 18 June 2014

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US: USC considers acquiring Scripps Research Institute

US: USC considers acquiring Scripps Research Institute | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

As federal funding tightens, nonprofit organizations discuss unusual merger.

In an unexpected announcement yesterday, the University of Southern California in Los Angeles revealed it may be acquiring or merging with the Scripps Research Institute. Scripps, a major nonprofit biomedical research hub based in San Diego, California, issued a joint statement with the university, telling U-T San Diego that they were “discussing the possibility of a relationship that would enhance the missions of both institutions.” The article cites anonymous sources who say funding woes at Scripps motivated the possible merger—namely, increasing competition for funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). (...) - by Kelly Servick, Science, 17 June 2014

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Essay says colleges and universities should be judged by employability

Essay says colleges and universities should be judged by employability | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Employability Is Our Job - Universities, as seats of learning and powerhouses of research, are stepping up to assume a new role. In the wake of a global financial meltdown and consequent challenges to the fabric of many societies, universities are emerging as powerful catalysts and indeed drivers of socioeconomic growth – not only through research or technology transfer, but by assuming responsibility for preparing students for jobs in delivering today’s highly skilled workers and tomorrow’s innovators and leaders of industry. (...) - by Wendy Purcell, Inside Higher Ed, June 13, 2014

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NIH's translational center scores first drug acquisition by pharma

NIH's translational center scores first drug acquisition by pharma | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Agency says success of new molecule for sickle cell disease shows its drug development model is working.

For the first time, a drug being developed in part by a controversial new National Institutes of Health (NIH) center aimed at speeding drug development has been picked up by a major pharmaceutical company. Baxter International has acquired the biotech company developing Aes-103, a small molecule for treating sickle cell disease. (...) - By Jocelyn Kaiser, Science, 9 July 2014


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Senate Republicans block student loan reform legislation @insidehighered

Senate Republicans block student loan reform legislation @insidehighered | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked legislation that would allow existing student loan borrowers to lower the interest rate on their debt.

The loan refinancing bill, championed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and backed by President Obama, failed to clear the 60-vote threshold needed to advance. It was defeated on a 56-38 vote. (...) - by Michael Stratford, Inside Inhigher Ed, June 12, 2014

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[Côte d'Ivoire] de Cocody : les enseignants encore en grève illimitée

[Côte d'Ivoire] de Cocody : les enseignants encore  en grève illimitée | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les enseignants de l’université de Cocody à qui l’Etat doit des primes liées aux heures supplémentaires, aux encadrements et aux participations de jurys, sont à nouveau depuis hier en grève illimitée, après celle de mai dernier. Johnson Kouassi, le secrétaire général de la Coordination nationale des enseignants du supérieur et de la recherche (Cnec), section université de Cocody, joint hier par téléphone, a expliqué les raisons de cette nouvelle fronde de ces enseignants. Selon lui, après la suspension du mot d’ordre de grève la Cnec section université de Cocody, le 15 mai dernier, le gouvernement a promis de payer 1 milliard 30 millions 239 mille 079 Fcfa sur un peu plus de trois milliards Fcfa de dettes dues à ces enseignants. Ce qu’il n’a pas fait. Puisque grave a-t-il poursuivi, le gouvernement a fait du faux en émettant des chèques revenus impayés. « L’Etat a payé au plus 600 millions Fcfa sur le montant attendu. Beaucoup de chèques sont revenus impayés. La grève continuera tant que le dernier enseignant n’est pas payé. Nous ne voulons plus être floués par l’Etat. Trop, c’est trop » a-t-il martelé.

Selon des sources dignes de foi, les sections Cnec des autres universités publiques dont celle de Bouaké s’apprêtent à entrer dans la danse. - Abidjan.net, par Charles Bédé, 12/06/2014

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Digital humanities platforms set to challenge technical barriers to digital research skills development.

Digital humanities platforms set to challenge technical barriers to digital research skills development. | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Digital humanists are becoming increasingly aware of the potential for much wider impact through ‘crowdscribing’ and other innovative approaches to digital research. Emma Goodwin provides further information on a new initiative DHCrowdscribe that allows early career researchers to gain from resources and expertise to support technical project development. This approach will also foster wider collaboration between the humanities and other more scientific or technical disciplines. (...) - LSE Blog "Impact of Social Sciences", by Emma Goodwin, 7 April 2014


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Emma Goodwin is talking about the platform DHCrowdscribe dedicated to promote interdisciplinary engagement in the #digitaldhumanities for doctoral or early career researchers. Projects are also open to #crowdsourcing and #citizenscience. #dhAHRC #openscience

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Partisan battling derails vote on disputed bill to reshape U.S. energy science programs

Partisan battling derails vote on disputed bill to reshape U.S. energy science programs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Democrats block House science panel debate on bill once known as EINSTEIN.

Comity on the science committee of the U.S. House of Representatives reached a new low today.

Twenty-two minutes after the committee’s energy panel convened to start the process of debating and approving a bill to reauthorize the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) research and development programs, Representative Cynthia Lummis (R–WY) gaveled the session to a close without taking any votes on the proposed legislation. It was the latest—and most graphic—illustration of how partisan distrust has crippled the committee’s ability to do its job. (...) - by Jeffrey Mervis, Science, 11 June 2014

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