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Postdoc leader sought

Executive director of US postdoctoral association steps down.

 

Cathee Johnson Phillips, executive director of the US National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) in Washington DC, will step down on 30 April. The NPA's board of directors has launched a nationwide search and hopes to hire a new leader before she leaves. (...) - Naturejobs, Nature 492, 459 (2012), 19 December 2012

 

 

 

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Researchers deplore U.K. decision to leave the European Union

Researchers deplore U.K. decision to leave the European Union | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Brexit brings uncertainty about research funds, collaborations, and visas.


U.K. researchers and their organizations have reacted with dismay to last night’s decision by the U.K. electorate to leave the European Union. Science and technology were not a major talking point during the referendum campaign, but numerous scientists and research organizations urged voters to preserve the United Kingdom’s E.U. membership. (...) - Science, by Daniel Clery, June 24, 2016

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Des dizaines de milliers d'étudiants SDF en Californie

Ils suivent des cours tous les jours sur les bancs de la fac mais n'ont pas de logement fixe et ne mangent pas à leur faim. Près de 50 000 étudiants en Californie sont SDF et des milliers de plus souffrent de la faim, selon une étude du réseau d'université Cal State relayée par l'AFP. D'après le réseau public d'universités Cal State, le plus vaste du pays, le problème est national et largement sous-estimé. Selon l'enquête, entre 8,7% et 12% des 460 000 étudiants du réseau, qui compte 23 campus, n'ont pas de logement fixe et entre 21% et 24% n'ont pas d'accès régulier à de la nourriture. Les étudiants qui ont répondu ne pas avoir de logement fixe passent en majorité d'un logement à l'autre chez des amis ou de la famille. Les autres dorment dans des voitures, tentes, stations de train ou de bus, parkings, motels, campings ou refuges.Cal State dit avoir déjà mis en place des «garde-manger pour étudiants, des bons d'achat de nourriture», des aides au placement dans des habitations à loyer modéré entre autres aides sociales. Les études au sein de ce réseau coûte un peu plus de 5 000 dollars par an, soit beaucoup moins que le réseau d'universités publiques University of California (UC) et que les universités privées. (...) - Libération, 22/06/2016

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Cost of tuition at universities may double this year

The cost of tuition at Russian universities may double this year, due to the devaluation of the national currency, the ruble, and the consequences of the financial crisis in the country, according to latest predictions of analysts of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science.  (...) - University World News, by Eugene Vorotnikov, 17 June 2016 Issue No:418
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Ottawa veut «redonner la parole» aux chercheurs

Ottawa veut «redonner la parole» aux chercheurs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

La ministre Kirsty Duncan a lancé une évaluation des programmes qui soutiennent la recherche au Canada

Certains aspects du financement fédéral de la recherche scientifique menée dans les universités canadiennes sont décriés depuis plusieurs années par les chercheurs. Dans le but de rectifier la situation, la ministre des Sciences du Canada, Kirsty Duncan, lançait hier une évaluation des programmes fédéraux qui soutiennent la recherche au pays. Cette évaluation « indépendante » sera menée par un comité d’experts qui a pour mandat de consulter la communauté scientifique et de formuler des recommandations à la ministre d’ici la fin de l’année 2016. (...) - Le Devoir, par Pauline Gravel, 14 juin 2016

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Brazil's scientists start street protests against ministry merger

Brazil's scientists start street protests against ministry merger | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

But politicians say that restoring a stand-alone science ministry is unlikely.


Brazil’s scientists have been taking to the streets to protest against last month’s demotion of their country’s science ministry (MCTI) – but politicians say the demonstrations won’t change the controversial decision. (...) - Nature, by Claudio Angelo, 10 June 2016

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[Suisse] Non, les universités ne sont ni inutiles ni nuisibles au marché du travail

[Suisse] Non, les universités ne sont ni inutiles ni nuisibles au marché du travail | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Alexander Bergmann, professeur honoraire de HEC Lausanne, prend le contre-pied des thèses de Rudolf Strahm sur l’Université et ses inaptitudes supposées à répondre au marché du travail, défendues dans nos colonnes par Roger Piccand (...) - Le Temps, par Alexandre Bergmann, 09/06/2016

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[Belgique] Enseignement supérieur: il manque 343 millions

[Belgique] Enseignement supérieur: il manque 343 millions | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le refinancement actuel n’est pas suffisant selon Jean-Paul Lambert, ancien recteur de l’université de Saint-Louis. Il dévoile de nouveaux chiffres. (...) - Le Soir, par Eric Bugraff, 08/06/2016

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[UK] Government under pressure over student loan change

[UK] Government under pressure over student loan change | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Petition against decision to freeze repayment threshold reaches 120,000 signatures (...) - The Guardian, by Miles Brignall and Patrick Collinson,

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European research universities form a new lobby organization—but did they need it?

European research universities form a new lobby organization—but did they need it? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The Guild of European Research Intensive Universities will officially be launched in November (...) - Science, by Tania Rabesandratana, June 30, 2016

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UK government slammed for losing track of its own research

UK government slammed for losing track of its own research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Government can't say how many policy studies it paid for or published, report reveals. (...) - Nature, by Daniel Cressey, 02 June 2016

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Plans for a global higher education access consortium

Plans are afoot to launch a Global Higher Education Access and Diversity Consortium next year, bringing together universities and civil society groups from around the world to advocate, show leadership and share best practice around these globally pertinent issues. (...) - University World News, by Karen MacGregor, 28 May 2016 Issue No:415
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Three strikes and research is out

After 14 years in pharmaceutical discovery research, the first day of my new career in project management was disorienting. I was still at the company where I had been working as a researcher, but now my office was on the opposite side of the building. It had taken me a long time, and a lot of fits and starts, to get here. Between graduate school and two postdocs, I had spent nearly 12 years preparing for a career in pharmaceutical research, and I was reluctant to leave it. But after giving research three chances, I decided that it was time to explore a different path. Now, two-and-a-half years later, I don't regret my decision to leave the lab, and I am enjoying this second act of my career. (...) - Science, by Michael Orsini, 27 May 2016
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UK university lecturers strike over pay

UK university lecturers strike over pay | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Members of UCU union launch 48-hour walkout as they reject pay rise of 1.1%, saying vice-chancellors’ pay went up 5.1%. (...) - The Guardian, by Sally Weale, 25 May 2016

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États-Unis : la discrimination positive à l'université entérinée

États-Unis : la discrimination positive à l'université entérinée | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Une discrimination positive sera bientôt opérée lors de la sélection à l'entrée des universités américaines. Une décision qui ne fait pas l'unanimité (...) - Sud Ouest, 23/06/2016

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24 centres of excellence for East and Southern Africa

The World Bank Group’s board of executive directors has approved a US$140 million credit for eight Eastern and Southern African countries to set up 24 centres of excellence in universities to strengthen postgraduate training and research in priority sectors. (...) - University World News, by Karen MacGregor, 18 June 2016 Issue No:418
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French funding panel quits in protest

French funding panel quits in protest | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The mathematics panel of the French research agency says the low, standardized success rate for proposals doesn’t fit with its discipline (...) - Science, by Elisabeth Pain, June 15 2016

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Canada launches review of its research enterprise

Canada launches review of its research enterprise | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Head of expert panel has reputation for blunt assessment.

If history is any guide, Canadian Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan may have just set loose the proverbial cat amongst the pigeons by appointing former University of Toronto President David Naylor to lead a study of basic science in Canada. (...) - Science, by Wayne Kondro, June 13, 2016

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Genuine research keeps students in science

Genuine research keeps students in science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A new study of a novel undergraduate program at the University of Texas (UT), Austin, has found that giving college freshmen the opportunity to do research as part of their coursework significantly increases their chances of completing college and graduating with a science degree. It's the first conclusive evidence that so-called active learning courses, which science educators have promoted for decades as a better way to teach than lectures and cookbook labs, can lower the high attrition rates in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields at U.S. universities. And the relatively large size of the study, which appears in the current issue of CBE-Life Science Education , also has major policy implications. President Barack Obama has challenged the country to produce 1 million more STEM-trained workers by 2020, and the authors argue that scaling up the UT approach nationally would be a cost-effective way to help achieve that goal. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, 10 June 2016

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In effort to understand continuing racial disparities, NIH to test for bias in study sections

In effort to understand continuing racial disparities, NIH to test for bias in study sections | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

New data confirming lower success rates for African-Americans prompt pilot studies.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, has decided to find out whether its fabled grantsmaking process discriminates against African-American scientists. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, June 9, 2016

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Germany axed tuition fees – but is it working out?

Germany axed tuition fees – but is it working out? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Critics of Britain’s education revolution cite the Berlin model. But it’s not that simple. (....) - The Guardian, by Philiip Oltermann, 4 June 2016

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Are we seeing a new ‘inequality paradigm’ in social science?

Are we seeing a new ‘inequality paradigm’ in social science? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Social scientists have long been concerned with inequality, yet the focus has often been on its theoretical and political aspects. This is now starting to change, writes Mike Savage. Thanks to research interventions by scholars, together with attempts to institutionalise cross-disciplinary work, the focus is shifting from normative debates and towards the more technical, empirical and historical problems of inequality.(...) - Blog LSE 'Impact in Social Sciences', by Mike Savage, 2016/06/03

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UK government slammed for losing track of its own research

Government can't say how many policy studies it paid for or published, report reveals. (...) - Nature, by Daniel Cressey, 02 June 2016

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New chair of science board helps make NSF’s case to U.S. Congress

New chair of science board helps make NSF’s case to U.S. Congress | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Maria Zuber helped craft campaign to rebut attacks on NSF’s grantsmaking process (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, May 31, 2016

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In dramatic statement, European leaders call for ‘immediate’ open access to all scientific papers by 2020

In dramatic statement, European leaders call for ‘immediate’ open access to all scientific papers by 2020 | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Observers are skeptical goal can be achieved.


In what European science chief Carlos Moedas calls a "life-changing" move, E.U. member states today agreed on an ambitious new open-access (OA) target. All scientific papers should be freely available by 2020, the Competitiveness Council—a gathering of ministers of science, innovation, trade, and industry—concluded after a 2-day meeting in Brussels. But some observers are warning that the goal will be difficult to achieve. (...) - Science, by Martin Enserink, May 27 2016

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Moocs to earn degree credits for first time in UK at two universities

Moocs to earn degree credits for first time in UK at two universities | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Students will be able to use Moocs - massive open online courses - to gain accreditation towards final qualification (...) - The Guardian, by Sally Weale, 26 Ma 2016

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