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Uganda steps closer to creating science ministry

Uganda steps closer to creating science ministry | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Plans to create a dedicated science ministry to harmonise research in Uganda are moving ahead with the passing of a bill in parliament.

 

[KAMPALA] Uganda's parliament has passed a bill paving the way for the creation of a science ministry, which will spearhead and harmonise the development of science, technology and innovation (ST&I).

The bill is now waiting for President Museveni's assent to become law, and he is widely expected to approve it. (...) - SciDev.Net, by Esther Nakkazi,  5 avril 2013

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[USA] Reactions to Obama's Science Budget

[USA] Reactions to Obama's Science Budget | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The words are flowing. Reactions are starting to trickle in to the research-related portions of President Barack Obama's 2014 budget request, which was delivered to Congress. ScienceInsider will be tracking what groups are saying as they release statements.  (...) - ScienceInsider, by Science News Staff on 11 April 2013

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An emerging consensus for open evaluation: 18 visions for the future of scientific publishing

An emerging consensus for open evaluation: 18 visions for the future of scientific publishing | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

An emerging consensus for open evaluation: 18 visions for the future of scientific publishing | Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience publishes articles on the most outstanding discoveries across the research spectrum of Frontiers (...) - Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, by Kriegeskorte N et al., 15 November 2012

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USA: Chair of House Spending Panel Says NIH Grants Violate Rules Against Lobbying

USA: Chair of House Spending Panel Says NIH Grants Violate Rules Against Lobbying | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

It's a tradition for some Republicans in Congress to take aim at research grants that they think are irrelevant and not worthy of taxpayer funding. Now, the chair of the House of Representatives spending panel that funds the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is claiming that some federally funded biomedical research violates government restrictions on lobbying state lawmakers or Congress. (...) - ScienceInsider, by Jocelyn Kaiser on 28 March 2013

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USA: Private research ship makes waves

USA: Private research ship makes waves | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Falkor plots a fresh course for ocean studies with Google cash.

 

Life onboard the R/VFalkor is a far cry from the spartan existence endured by most academic oceanographers on research trips. The privately run research vessel features a sauna, a glassed-in lounge and a helicopter pad to be kept clear at all times for VIP guests. (...) - by Alexandra Witze, Nature, 27 March 2013

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Congress Completes Work on 2013 Spending Bill

Congress Completes Work on 2013 Spending Bill | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

U.S. research agencies finally know what they have to spend for the rest of the 2013 fiscal year after Congress completed work on 20 March on a bill to fund the government through 30 September.  (...) - ScienceInsider, by Jeffrey Mervis on 25 March 2013

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Research universities to establish global network

Four of the world’s major research university groups are to form an international network as a parallel organisation to the Global Research Council of Science and Engineering Funding Agencies, established last year by agency representatives from nearly 50 countries. (...)  - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 21 March 2013, Issue No:264

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How institutional repositories are already working to solve the Open Access problem

How institutional repositories are already working to solve the Open Access problem | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Mike Taylor’s recent LSE Impact blog post on Green Open Access (OA) and Institutional Repositories (IRs) provoked us into a defence of IRs. IRs have been around as long at the idea of Green OA, but they have long-since transcended it, becoming important parts of efforts to drive open access, bibliography, citations and data: the A-B-C-D of Open Scholarship. (...) - by Natalia Madjarevic, Dave Puplett, and Neil Stewart

, LSE blog "Impact of Social Sciences", March 14, 2013

 

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India boosts budget for science, innovation, crops

India boosts budget for science, innovation, crops | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Despite economic constraints India has boosted budgetary allocation for the science sectors.

[NEW DELHI] India has hiked funds for its ministry of science and technology by 20 per cent in its 2013-14 annual budget, with major initiatives in the agriculture sector and support for grassroots innovations.(...)  - SciDev.Net, by

T. V. Padma,  1 mars 2013

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How do Western Balkan countries fare with EU research grants?

How do Western Balkan countries fare with EU research grants? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

In 2011, Slovenia received the largest number of EU research grants of any Western Balkan country, with 98 projects worth a total of €32,401,000 (Turkey was just ahead of it with 158 projects worth €36,685,000). (...) - SciLogs, Blog "Balkan Science Beat", by Mico Tatalovis, 05 March, 2013

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USA: Sequestration Presents Uncertain Outlook for Students, Researchers, and Job-Seekers

USA: Sequestration Presents Uncertain Outlook for Students, Researchers, and Job-Seekers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

While Congress failed to act in time to head off the federal spending cuts, higher-education and other groups still don't know exactly how they'll be affected.(...) - The Chronicle of Higher Education, By Allie Bidwell, March 1, 2013

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UK: Funding councils begin open-access consultation

They say 'lessons have been learned' after Research Councils UK is condemned for lack of dialogue

 

The funding councils' consultative approach to forming their open-access policy indicates that they have learned from the mistakes of Research Councils UK, university figures have said. (...) - Times Higher Education, By Paul Jump, 28 February, 2013

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New Science Body to Advise European Commission President

New Science Body to Advise European Commission President | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The European Commission has set up a science advisory body that will report directly to its president, José Manuel Barroso.

 

The Science and Technology Advisory Council will identify areas where research and innovation can contribute to Europe's growth—with a particular focus on benefits and risks of science and technology advances and how to communicate these. The group, similar to one advising President Barack Obama in the United States, held its first meeting in Brussels today. It is made up of 15 members drawn mostly from academia, including Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber, an influential climate scientist from Germany; French mathematician Cédric Villani, who was a Fields medalist in 2010; and Israeli crystallographer Ada Yonath, who received the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2009. (...) - ScienceInsider, by Tania Rabesandratana, With Reporting by Kai Kupferschmidt on 27 February 2013

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Researchers and Advocates Gather in Washington, D.C., to Protest Cuts to Biomedical Research

Researchers and Advocates Gather in Washington, D.C., to Protest Cuts to Biomedical Research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Thousands of scientists and patient advocates poured into a square in downtown Washington, D.C., today to hold what organizers billed as the largest-ever rally to call for more funding for biomedical research. The event, as reported earlier today with a slideshow on ScienceInsider and held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) with support from over 200 organizations, aimed to draw attention to the 5% cut to the National Institutes of Health's (NIH's) $31 billion budget imposed by Congress last month through sequestration as well as the flat growth of NIH's budget over the past decade. "The continued erosion of funding for the most important medical research institute in the world, the National Institutes of Health, must stop," said AACR CEO Margaret Foti. (...) - ScienceInsider, by Jocelyn Kaiser on 8 April 2013

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Obama's 2014 Science Budget: At CDC, Budget Drops and Priorities Shift

Obama's 2014 Science Budget: At CDC, Budget Drops and Priorities Shift | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

On 10 April, President Barack Obama submitted to Congress his spending plan for the 2014 fiscal year that begins on 1 October. The document can be found at www.fdsys.gov. ScienceInsider is following the story closely, with regular updates on the requests of particular agencies and what those requests say about the president's vision for science. Plus, reactions from the research community and around the web. (...) - ScienceInsider, by Science News Staff on 11 April 2013

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Young scientists debate sustainability research

An interdisciplinary symposium on sustainability research involving young academics from South Africa, Germany and several other countries was held in Berlin in late March. It was the latest event of the Global Young Academy of up-and-coming researchers (...) - University World News, by Michael Gardner, 30 March 2013, Issue No:265

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Scholarship: Beyond the paper

Scholarship: Beyond the paper | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The journal and article are being superseded by algorithms that filter, rate and disseminate scholarship as it happens, argues Jason Priem. (...) - by Jason Priem, Nature 495, 437–440 (28 March 2013)

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Publishing frontiers: The library reboot

Publishing frontiers: The library reboot | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

As scientific publishing moves to embrace open data, libraries and researchers are trying to keep up.

A few passing students do a double take as Sayeed Choudhury waves his outstretched right arm. In his crisply pressed dress shirt and trousers, the engineer looks as if he is practising dance moves in slow motion. But he is really playing with astronomical data.(...) - by Richard Monastersky, Nature, 27 March 2013

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USA: Senate vote on political science research a ‘blow’

The US Senate has delivered a “devastating blow to the integrity of the scientific process at the National Science Foundation” by voting in an amendment that restricts the use of its funding for political science research to matters of national security or economic interests, the American Political Science Associationsaid in a statement last week. (....) - University World News, by American Political Science Association, 23 March 2013, Issue No:264

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Why You Should Care About The Increasing Amount Of Fraud In Scientific Research

Why You Should Care About The Increasing Amount Of Fraud In Scientific Research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The Washington Post reported on the equivalent of an ongoing academic thriller unfurling at Johns Hopkins earlier this week, involving a researcher who alleges he was fired in retaliation for his criticism of flawed methodology — later used in an article published in Nature, one of most prestigious research journals — and the suicide of the primary author of the research while drafting a response to that criticism. (...) - by Andrea Peterson, March 15th, 2013

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Coupes budgétaires fédérales : quelles conséquences sur l'innovation médicale ?

Coupes budgétaires fédérales : quelles conséquences sur l'innovation médicale ? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Depuis le 1er mars 2013, les Etats-Unis sont entrés dans l'ère du "séquestre", c'est-à-dire du gel, sinon de la coupe budgétaire. Faute d'accord politique en vue de réduire les dépenses fédérales américaines, des coupes aveugles prévues par l'accord d'août 2011 entre la Maison Blanche et le Congrès sont en effet entrées en vigueur. (...) -Les Bulletins Electroniques des Ambassades de France, 2013/03/15 > BE Etats-Unis 324

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Research excellence is about more than the number of bodies in a building

Research excellence is about more than the number of bodies in a building | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Critical mass equates increasingly not to department size, but our ability to deliver research in different ways, says Alex Bols

 

As we enter the REF (Research Excellence Framework) submission year our minds will become ever more focused on research, with words like "impact" and "value" dominating discussions. However, underlying it all will be concerns about the outcomes, and the implications this will have on research funding. (...) - The Guardian, by

Alex Bols, Tuesday 12 March 2013
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Why the Status of Women in STEM Fields Needs to Change

Why the Status of Women in STEM Fields Needs to Change | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

It’s no secret that women are heavily under-represented in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Though the Association for Women in Science reports that 1.3 million women are employed in STEM careers, a 2009 survey by the U.S. Department of Commerce found that those women represent just 24 percent of STEM jobs – and that they earn, on average, 12 percent less than their male counterparts. A 2012 survey of publications on J­STOR, a digital archiving service, discovered that women are also unlikely to be listed as last authors of scholarly articles – especially in the biological sciences, where the rate of female last-authorship is only 16.5 percent.(...) - Soapbox Science, 06 Mar 2013

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World-class research on the rise in Brazil, Asia – Report

World-class research on the rise in Brazil, Asia – Report | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Emerging economies such as the BRICs – Brazil, Russia, India and China – and South Korea have been catching up with the West and Japan in research and development spending for some years, and their research ‘portfolios’ are showing significant areas of world-class excellence, according to a new report by Thomson Reuters. (...) - University World News, by Yojana Sharma, 27 February 2013, Issue No:261

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Does the UK need to spend more on basic research?

Does the UK need to spend more on basic research? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Recent interventions by high-profile scientists have reignited the debate about whether we spend enough on fundamental research in the UK. Such debates frequently generate more heat than light and may be obscuring the bigger picture (...) - The Guardian, by Kieron Flanagan, 27/02/2013

 

 

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