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Budget cap would stifle Brazilian science, critics say

Budget cap would stifle Brazilian science, critics say | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Constitutional amendment would freeze public spending at current levels for 2 decades.


SÃ​O PAULO, BRAZIL—Brazil’s economy is in free fall, and the new government has a controversial remedy: a constitutional amendment that would cap public spending for the next 20 years. The proposal, known as PEC 241, would prohibit all three branches of Brazil’s government to raise yearly expenditures above the inflation rate, essentially freezing spending at current levels for 2 decades. The bill, now making its way through Congress, would put Brazilian science in a budgetary straightjacket, observers say. (....) - Science, by Herton Escobar, Oct. 18, 2016

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[Madagascar] Enseignement supérieur – Pérenniser le financement des recherches

[Madagascar] Enseignement supérieur – Pérenniser le financement des recherches | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le travail de recherche est bloqué, faute de financement. Le Bureau Interna­tional du Travail propose un moyen pour appuyer les chercheurs. Une bouffée d’oxygène pour les chercheurs. (...) -- L'Express Madagascar, 21/10/2016

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A stronger voice for U.K. science—but at what cost?

A stronger voice for U.K. science—but at what cost? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Top scientists spar over reforms that would create research funding behemoth (...) - Science, b Erik Stokstad, Oct. 13, 2016

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Towards a vision for growing and sharing knowledge

Research and knowledge gathered in the field was worthless if it did not become community property – and that did not necessarily happen via journal publications. This was among several points raised in the keynote address by Stanford University Emeritus Professor of Education Lee Shulman at the 10th annual University of KwaZulu-Natal Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference held in Durban, South Africa in late September.  (...) - University World News, by Nicola Jenvey, 07 October 2016 Issue No:431
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The many shades of European postdoc funding

The many shades of European postdoc funding | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A new report sheds light on the varied funding schemes available for postdocs in Europe.


Finding the right grant or fellowship to fund a postdoc can be a challenge, and the situation is all the more complex in Europe, where academic systems, career prospects, and living costs vary widely among countries. To help navigate through the options, a report released Wednesday by Science Europe, a pan-European association of research funders and institutions, offers some pointers about what to expect and look for in postdoctoral funding programs across the continent. (...) - Science, by Elisabeth Pain, Oct 7 2016

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Scandale au pays des Nobel

Scandale au pays des Nobel | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

L’institut suédois Karolinska, dont des professeurs désignent les Nobel de médecine, est en crise après avoir protégé le chirurgien Paolo Macchiarini : ses greffes de trachée, effectuées sans tests préalables sur l’animal, ont abouti à la mort de six patients. (...) - Le Monde, par Olivier Truc, 03/10/2016

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Empowering women scientists in MENA : House of Wisdom

Funded by the Islamic Development Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, an international center for agriculture is promising to lay the ground work for a women empowerment initiative aimed at scientists, reportedly the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. (....) - Nature, by Pakinam Amer, 29 Sep 2016
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[Venezuela] Public universities are facing a time of crisis

Venezuela is rapidly losing key science talent. It is estimated that since 2000 at least 1,820 researchers have left the country. These researchers were responsible for about 33% of the country's scientific publications.  (...) - University World News, by José Luis Mogollón, 23 September 2016 Issue No:429
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How to review a paper

How to review a paper | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

For Peer Review Week, researchers from across the spectrum offer advice and insights about how to review research manuscripts (...) - Science, by Elisabeth Pain, Sep 22, 2016

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Salaries: Reality check

Salaries: Reality check | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A feeling that good performance is not adequately rewarded is pervading the research world. (....) - Naturejobs, 21/09/2016

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Spain joins bandwagon for ‘openness’ about animal research

Spain joins bandwagon for ‘openness’ about animal research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

 Ninety organizations promise to be transparent about the use of animals in studies. (...) - Science, by Elisabeth Pain, Sep. 21, 2016

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[Turkey] Scientists under increasing pressure to conform – Study

The embattled country’s research enterprise is at risk following a failed coup, designed to overthrow a regime that shows continued hostility towards science. For years we have studied how scientists around the world view the social context of science, and Turkish scientists have long been worried about their academic freedom and autonomy, write Elaine Howard Ecklund, David R Johnson and Kirstin RW Matthews for The Scientist.  - University World News, by The Scientist, 17 September 2016 Issue No:428
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US science agencies face budget limbo

US science agencies face budget limbo | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Likelihood of stopgap spending measure grows.


Another year, another round of budget roulette for US science agencies. When Congress returns from its summer break on 6 September, it will have just three weeks to pass a new government funding bill before the 2017 budget year begins on 1 October. (....) - Nature, by Sara Reardon, 06 September 2016

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Why is so much research dodgy? Blame the Research Excellence Framework

Why is so much research dodgy? Blame the Research Excellence Framework | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The Ref star system encourages novelty but offers no incentive to replicate studies – and that’s exactly what scientists need to do to be more sure of our claims (...) - The Guardian, by Alex Jones & Andrew Kemp, 17 October 2016

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Is it time for a new model to fund science research in higher education?

Is it time for a new model to fund science research in higher education? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
The United States is at a crossroads with respect to many societal issues – think about the challenges of improving human health, eradicating hunger, protecting human rights. At the same time, federal support for higher education research and development – a primary venue to generate innovative new solutions for these kinds of vexing problems – is decreasing. America’s institutions of higher education are still considered by many the best in the world, but they exist on a precipice. (...) - The Conversation, by Brian Herman and Claudia Neuhauser, 13 October 2016
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[UK] Show us your research two days before publishing, government orders academics

[UK] Show us your research two days before publishing, government orders academics | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Academics and journalists have been ordered to give civil servants two days to look over any research they plan to publish from the national pupil database in a move that some fear will shut down rapid scrutiny of government policy. (...) - Schoolsweek, by John Dickens, Oct 7, 2016

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LERU and Eastern European universities join forces

LERU, the League of European Research Universities with 21 member universities in Western Europe, and a group of seven research universities in Central and Eastern Europe have agreed to work together on key challenges, including within the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research programme, and improve research conditions across the continent. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 07 October 2016 Issue No:431
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Oppose the UK Higher Education and Research Bill

The proposed law would demolish agreements that protect British universities from political interference.


As publicly funded employees, British academic scientists are fortunate. They surfed the high-spending wave of the Labour government years, starting in the late 1990s. When the 2008 financial crisis hit, they were protected from the deep public-sector budget cuts that followed. Public libraries closed. Some of the poorest people lost welfare benefits, and university students faced trebling tuition fees. But for established researchers it was, on balance, business as usual. Now, that relative stability is set to change.(...) - Nature, 04 October 2016

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Seven-year legal saga ends as Italian official is cleared of manslaughter in earthquake trial

Seven-year legal saga ends as Italian official is cleared of manslaughter in earthquake trial | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Verdict follows conviction of deputy for advice given ahead of L’Aquila earthquake.


ROME—The man accused of sending a group of scientists to the central Italian city of L’Aquila in 2009 to falsely reassure citizens that no major earthquake was about to strike has been cleared of manslaughter charges. Guido Bertolaso, who at the time was head of Italy’s Civil Protection department, was acquitted by Judge Giuseppe Grieco on Friday on the grounds of “not having committed the crime.” The verdict brings to an end 7 years of legal actions initiated by relatives of some of the 309 victims of the deadly earthquake that struck L’Aquila on 6 April 2009. (...) - Science, by Edwin Cartlidge, Oct 3 2016

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Science spending boosted in French budget

Science spending boosted in French budget | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Research gets 3.7% increase as government prepares for election year. (...) - Nature, by Barbara Cassasus, 28 September 2016

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US postdocs: Are you aware of the FLSA and salary changes coming Dec 1st?

US postdocs: Are you aware of the FLSA and salary changes coming Dec 1st? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

On Dec 1st, the threshold at which salaried workers receive overtime payment for working more than 40 hours per week will increase from $23,660 to $47,476 per year, under updates to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).


All postdocs working in the U.S. who are not in a primarily teaching role, come under this ruling, regardless of visa or fellowship status. Therefore institutions who do not currently pay their postdocs above this threshold will either have to choose to track the hours of a postdoc, or to raise salaries to the new threshold.(...) - Future of Research, by Gary McDowell, Sep 22, 2016

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[Algerie] “Les laboratoires doivent chercher d’autres sources de financement”

[Algerie] “Les laboratoires doivent chercher d’autres sources de financement” | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

“Dans le cadre de la nouvelle politique, il est demandé aux laboratoires de chercher d’autres sources de financement nationales et internationales pour compléter la contribution de l’État”, dira le directeur général de la recherche scientifique et du développement technologique.  (...) - liberte-algerie.com, par Loucif A, 22/09/2016

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Is science only for the rich?

Is science only for the rich? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Around the world, poverty and social background remain huge barriers in scientific careers. (...) - Nature, 21 September 2016

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[Canada] La grande désillusion

[Canada] La grande désillusion | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les professeurs d’université broyés par la recherche de financement et le multitâche.


On les dit choyés d’exercer un métier passionnant dans des conditions rêvées. Pourtant, depuis une bonne dizaine d’années, les professeurs d’université sont de plus en plus nombreux à souffrir de troubles anxieux ou dépressifs. Les transformations de l’université selon le modèle entrepreneurial créent bien des désillusions et des crises d’identité. Voici les causes de ce malaise de plus en plus prégnant dans nos universités. (...) - Le Devoir, par Pauline Gravel, 17/09/2016

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A woman's place is in science

A woman's place is in science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Boys and girls both study science in high school, but men still outnumber women in research jobs. (...) - ScienceNewsfor Students, by Stephen Ornes, Sep. 15, 2016

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