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[Québec] La recherche : une tâche qui incombe à toutes les universités

D’aucuns proposaient récemment d’intensifier, voire de concentrer, l’activité scientifique dans les «grandes» universités. Pour certains, il importe de confier à quelques institutions le gros de notre effort de recherche pour que le Québec, en matière de production et de diffusion du savoir, atteigne le rang des meilleurs et rayonne à l’international. (...) - Nouvelle union, 21/02/2013

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Academics must protest against Trump’s travel ban — but they should do so productively

Academics must protest against Trump’s travel ban — but they should do so productively | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Boycotting US conferences will not help scientists from any country. (...) - Nature, 7 Feb. 2017

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Grad students, postdocs with U.S. visas face uncertainty

Grad students, postdocs with U.S. visas face uncertainty | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

New worries over draft order on skilled worker visas


The postdoc faces an excruciating choice. He has 6 months left on a U.S. work permit issued to many foreign graduate students and postdocs: a 1-year Optional Practical Training (OPT) permit. OPTs are routinely extended for two more years for those in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). But the developmental biologist, who works at a major California university, is from Iran, one of seven countries whose citizens are banned from travel to the United States for 90 days as new vetting procedures are put in place. (U.S. courts on 3 and 5 February put an emergency stay on the ban; an appeal by the Trump administration was pending at press time.) (...) - Science, by Meredith Wadman, Richard Stone, Feb 7, 2017

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[Canada] Grève de trois jours des professeurs de l’Université de Sherbrooke

[Canada] Grève de trois jours des professeurs de l’Université de Sherbrooke | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les 428 professeurs de l’Université de Sherbrooke tiendront trois journées de grève de type «suspension de certaines prestations de travail». (...) - TVA nouvelles, par Agence QMI, 06/02/2017

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Scientists urge boycott of U.S. meetings

Scientists urge boycott of U.S. meetings | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Groups protest Trump’s order banning travel from seven Muslim countries (...) - Science, by Kai Kupferschmidt, Feb. 3, 2017

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Universities face £4.6m bill if EU levy is introduced

Scottish universities will be left facing a multimillion pound bill if the United Kingdom government presses ahead with plans to charge a levy to organisations hiring European Union workers following Brexit, writes Chris Green for iNews.  (...) - University World News, by iNews, 03 February 2017 Issue No:445
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A Scientists’ March on Washington Is a Bad Idea

A Scientists’ March on Washington Is a Bad Idea | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

It will only politicize science.


Talk is growing about a March for Science on Washington, similar to the Women’s March the day after President Trump’s inauguration. It is a terrible idea.(...) - The New York Times, by ROBERT S. YOUNGJAN. 31, 2017

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Un Irano-Suisse à Boston: «Harvard m’a déconseillé de sortir des Etats-Unis»

Un Irano-Suisse à Boston: «Harvard m’a déconseillé de sortir des Etats-Unis» | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Venu aux Etats-Unis avec un passeport suisse, Alexandre est également iranien, et donc dans le viseur de l’administration Trump. Il craint ne pas pouvoir revenir en Suisse défendre sa thèse de doctorat (...) - Le Temps, par Valérie de Graffenried, 31/01/2017

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In the face of Trump's Muslim ban, all academics have a responsibility to act

In the face of Trump's Muslim ban, all academics have a responsibility to act | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

When politics of compassion are replaced by binary visions of the world, we – scholars, media and civil society – should be able to provide challenging tools in the migration debate. (...) - The Conversation, by Sari Hanfi, 30/01//2017

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[US] Statement of Inclusiveness

We are a group of scholars, researchers, and teachers. We refuse to compromise the ideals of academic freedom and open exchange. We affirm that scientific events have to be open to everybody, regardless of race, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, pregnancy, immigration status, or any other aspect of identity. We believe that such events have to be supportive, inclusive, and safe environments for all participants. We believe that all participants are to be treated with dignity and respect. Discrimination and harassment cannot be tolerated. We are committed to ensuring that the scientific events in which we participate follow these principles, and we request that organizers of scientific events make explicit statements on the event website to that effect.
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Researchers shocked at UK’s plan to exit EU nuclear agency

Researchers shocked at UK’s plan to exit EU nuclear agency | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The United Kingdom’s role in major fusion projects remains in limbo.


Scientists are shocked and angry at the UK government’s sudden confirmation on 26 January that it wants to pull out of the European Atomic Energy Community, or Euratom, as part of its arrangements for Brexit. (...) - Nature, by Elizabeth, 27/01/2017

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Scientists are planning to march on Washington. Here's why

Scientists are planning to march on Washington. Here's why | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Amid growing concerns over the anti-science stance of the Trump administration, I spoke to US scientists planning to join the March for Science (...) - The Guardian, by James Dyke, 27 January 2017

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[Nigeria] Non-payment of lecturer salaries ‘a growing trend’

Chronic delays in the payment of lecturer salaries by the federal government are causing major disruptions in Nigerian universities and have already brought some to a standstill. Despite the recession, however, salaries and allowances of all political office holders continue to be paid on time.  (...) - University World News, by Tunde Fatunde, 27 January 2017 Issue No:444
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Trump to tighten control of research and dissemination

In his first week in office, United States President Donald Trump signalled his intent to tighten control on federal funding for and public dissemination of scientific research, a move that appears to be aimed primarily at climate change and energy policy. (...) - University World News, by Mary Beth Marklein, 27 January 2017 Issue No:444
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Biotech bosses protest Trump’s travel ban

Biotech bosses protest Trump’s travel ban | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

More than 150 executives from biotech firms warn that new policies could hurt recruiting of scientific talent (...) - Science, by John Carroll, Feb. 7, 2017

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Des chercheurs de Montréal bloqués par le décret migratoire

Des chercheurs de Montréal bloqués par le décret migratoire | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Après quatre années passées à réaliser son doctorat en physique à l'Université McGill, la perspective de propulser sa carrière en allant serrer la main des plus grands experts du monde à la conférence de la Société américaine de physique en Louisiane, en mars, emballait Hossein Azizi. (...) - La Presse, par Nicolas Bérubé, 07/02/2017

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U.S. science conferences brace for boycotts: The ScienceInsider briefing

U.S. science conferences brace for boycotts: The ScienceInsider briefing | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A roundup of recent policy news


As an intense week winds into what may very well be an intense weekend, scientists around the world are starting to make their voices heard on U.S. science-related policy, in particular on President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration. But will they be shouting into a void? That’s what some researchers think, as boycotts of science conferences based in the United States begin to blossom. Already, 5800 researchers around the world have signed one boycott petition, and some astronomers are asking their society not to hold meetings in the United States. Meanwhile, a scientist from one of the affected countries—Iran—has just been sentenced to death in his home country for unknown reasons. (...) - Science, by Catherine Matacic, Feb. 3, 2017

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[India] Winners and losers in India’s science budget

[India] Winners and losers in India’s science budget | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Government picks biotech and renewable energy among its top priorities

NEW DELHI—For scientists in India, 2017 is becoming a year of feast or famine. India's annual budget, unveiled this week, doles out lavish increases for space, biotechnology, and renewable energy. Programs vying for scraps, on the other hand, include nuclear research, spending on which won’t keep pace with inflation.(...) - Science, by Sanjay Kumar, Feb. 3, 2017

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European researchers spin off sister marches for science in at least eight countries

European researchers spin off sister marches for science in at least eight countries | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Many “solidarity marches” will be held on the same day as the U.S. March for Science


AMSTERDAM—U.S. cities won’t be the only places where lab coats and science-inspired signs will fill the streets on 22 April. Groups in eight European countries have announced “solidarity marches” in support of the U.S. March for Science, to be held on Earth Day. Some of the rallies will take place on the same day, whereas others don’t yet have a firm date.(...) - Science,by Martin Enserink, Feb 2, 2017

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[US] Academics Against Immigration Executive Order

President Donald Trump has signed an Executive Order (EO) proposing a 90-day suspension of visas and other immigration benefits to all nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. The unrealistic conditions required for discontinuing the suspension make it very likely that this EO will turn into a permanent ban. We, the undersigned academics and researchers from a variety of fields of study, backgrounds, and personal convictions, would like to voice our concern and strongly oppose this measure on three grounds:(...)
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The ScienceInsider briefing: How Trump’s immigration order affects scientists

The ScienceInsider briefing: How Trump’s immigration order affects scientists | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Some can’t get into the country, others are afraid to leave, and some want to run for office (...) - Science, by Catherine Matacic, January 30, 2017

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Scientifique iranienne en rade à Lausanne à cause de Trump

Scientifique iranienne en rade à Lausanne à cause de Trump | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Une chercheuse de l’EPFL fait les frais du décret anti-immigration signé par le président américain. (...) - Le Temps, par Chloé Banerjee-Din, 30/01/2017

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Three things to consider when you are thinking about leaving the tenure track (essay)

Three things to consider when you are thinking about leaving the tenure track (essay) | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Fatimah Williams Castro offers three steps to consider when exploring your career options.


In last week’s blog post, I shared a bit about my journey considering a life and career beyond academic teaching and research. As a first-generation college student, the first in my family to earn a doctorate and a woman of color, my stepping off the tenure track could not be decoupled from community, professional and social responsibilities. I experienced the struggle that many Ph.D.s describe when they venture out into the broader world of work, attempting to refashion their selves and their careers in new and sometimes strange ways.(...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Fatimah Williams Castro, January 27, 2017

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Academics consider how to rebuild public trust in higher education

Academics consider how to rebuild public trust in higher education | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Educators deliberate how to promote liberal education and push back on attacks on academe -- in part by being more open about areas in which higher education has been weak. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Colleen Flaherty, January 27, 2017

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Brazil's ‘doomsday’ scenario

A budget crisis has cut off all public funding for thousands of scientists in the state of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, which includes Rio, Brazil's second biggest city. The state's science agency, FAPERJ, is bankrupt. It has fallen $150 million behind on grant payments, and over 2 years has been unable to fund 3670 research projects, raising the risk of a massive brain drain. There is little FAPERJ can do but watch the trainwreck unfold. The agency by law had been entitled to 2% of state tax revenues until last month, when Rio de Janeiro's governor signed a decree slashing FAPERJ's revenue allotment by 30%, to 1.36% of projected revenues. Science funding faces similar threats in other Brazilian states. (...) - Science, by Herton Escobar, 27 January 2017

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Science march planners, here’s some unsolicited advice

Science march planners, here’s some unsolicited advice | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Former lobbyist for U.S. physicists praises the idea but worries about the details (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, Jan 27, 2017

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