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Social sciences need a collective voice

Social sciences need a collective voice | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Social science may be faring better politically in UK than US, says Ziyad Marar, but let's avoid complacency at all costs (...) - by Ziyad Marar, The Guardian, 19 September, 2013

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More equitable North/South research partnership

More equitable North/South research partnership | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
ocal research and innovation matter to develop sustainable solutions for health problems in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). In the past few years, this has increasingly been recognised. However, such sustainability is only achievable if research funding allows for capacity building and sharing of other benefits from research partnerships. Ultimately, leaving the low income partner in a more empowered position. - See more at: http://euroscientist.com/2013/09/more-equitable-northsouth-research-partnership/#sthash.ldoVp7bA.dpufocal research and innovation matter to develop sustainable solutions for health problems in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). In the past few years, this has increasingly been recognised. However, such sustainability is only achievable if research funding allows for capacity building and sharing of other benefits from research partnerships. Ultimately, leaving the low income partner in a more empowered position. - See more at: http://euroscientist.com/2013/09/more-equitable-northsouth-research-partnership/#sthash.ldoVp7bA.dpufLocal research and innovation matter to develop sustainable solutions for health problems in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). In the past few years, this has increasingly been recognised. However, such sustainability is only achievable if research funding allows for capacity building and sharing of other benefits from research partnerships. Ultimately, leaving the low income partner in a more empowered position. - See more at: http://euroscientist.com/2013/09/more-equitable-northsouth-research-partnership/#sthash.ldoVp7bA.dpuf

Local research and innovation matter to develop sustainable solutions for health problems in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). In the past few years, this has increasingly been recognised. However, such sustainability is only achievable if research funding allows for capacity building and sharing of other benefits from research partnerships. Ultimately, leaving the low income partner in a more empowered position. (...) - Euroscientist, 16/09/2013

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Conservative government of men scraps science ministry

Conservative government of men scraps science ministry | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Australia’s 28th prime minister, Tony Abbott, has dispensed with a minister of science and a minister for climate change in a new cabinet he announced last Monday. It is the first time since the science portfolio was created in 1931 that Australia has not had a science minister.

But Abbott came under most fire from within and without his party for his cabinet’s ‘female-lite’ composition: only one woman among the 18 men and a total of five women in a ministry of 30, plus one female parliamentary secretary out of 12. (...)  - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 17 September 2013 Issue No:288

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Germany hits science high

Germany hits science high | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

But election prompts fears that budgetary pressures may sap strong investment.

A physicist by training, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has a proven affinity for science. Thanks to generous government funding, German research has thrived since she first came to power eight years ago. But as she prepares for a probable third term in office after elections on 22 September — the governing coalition between her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party and the Free Democrats is well ahead in polls — scientists and science organizations are concerned that the years of plenty may soon be over. (...) - by Quirin Schiermeier,  18 September 2013

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Non-tenured professors are better teachers – Study

Tenured professors at American higher education institutions are certainly given more prestige than other lecturers. But are they better teachers? In a new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, researchers find quite the opposite – that is, tenured professors or those on their way to tenure don’t enhance student learning as much as lecturers outside the tenure system, writes Khadeeja Safdar for The Wall Street Journal. (...) Wall street Journal via University World News, 14 September 2013, Issue No:287

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Researchers’ ‘unrealistic’ hopes of academic careers

Researchers’ ‘unrealistic’ hopes of academic careers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Fewer than half of those new to research can expect long-term academic careers. 

There is a “significant credibility gap” between researchers’ expectations and the likelihood of their forging long-term careers in higher education, a survey has found. (...) - Times Higher Education, by Elizabeth Gibney, 12 September, 2013

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[9th to 20th of August] Open Science in Montréal and Boston : A world of bubbles

[9th to 20th of August] Open Science in Montréal and Boston : A world of bubbles | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

After California and Oregon, Montreal and Boston were my first steps on the East coast. I didn’t stay long in Montreal but it was worth it and I left enriched with many interesting comments about the Open Science Movement. Once settled in Boston, I mostly explored Cambridge, a neighboring city hosting Harvard university and the MIT. I went there twice and got the impression that people live in very different bubbles. Some of them, though highly innovative were quite far from Open Science perspectives. Others give rise to refreshing initiatives both regarding form and content. (...) -  HackYourPhD, September 7, 2013

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More cuts loom for US science

Stalemate in Congress puts spending plans on hold.

 

Laura Niedernhofer is counting her pennies. The mid-career molecular biologist moved last year to the Scripps Research Institute’s campus in Jupiter, Florida — a risky decision that saw her building a new laboratory group at a time when the US government was cutting its support for science. In June, Niedernhofer abandoned one of her main lines of research — reducing the toxicity of cancer drugs — after the National Institutes of Health (NIH) rejected her grant application. In July, the agency approved a second grant, allowing her to keep another research thrust alive — on the molecular mechanisms of ageing. But the NIH cut the award by 18%, preventing her from hiring an additional postdoctoral researcher. (...) Nature, by Lauren Morello, 11 Septembre 2013

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Why are research universities going global?

Despite the significant increase in the number and type of international activities – from branch campuses to MOOCs and aggressive international student recruitment – many institutional efforts appear to be launched without a clear idea of best practices or how specific activities might be productive and meaningful for a particular institution. (...) - University World News, by

Richard J Edelstein and John Aubrey Douglass, 07 September 2013 Issue No:286
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Reproducibility Initiative member reports critical finding about scientific reproducibility

Reproducibility Initiative member reports critical finding about scientific reproducibility | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Our Reproducibility Initiative advisory board member Melissa Haendel is part of a critical paper published today that identifies insufficient information in scientific literature as a major barrier to reproducibility. (...) - The Science Exchange Blog, 05/09/2013

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L'Open Access aux Pays-Bas

L'Open Access aux Pays-Bas | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les Pays-Bas ont une forte conscience du libre accès ou Open Access (OA) et en font la promotion active à travers plusieurs institutions. Depuis 2005, toutes les universités néerlandaises, l'association néerlandaise des universités de sciences appliquées (HBO-raad), l'Académie Royale Néerlandaise des Sciences (KNAW), l'organisation néerlandaise pour la recherche scientifique (NWO), la Librairie Royale et la fondation SURF ont toutes signé la "déclaration de Berlin sur le libre accès à la connaissance en sciences exactes, sciences de la vie, sciences humaines et sociales" pour la mise à disposition en OA de la littérature scientifique mondiale et de l'ensemble des données et logiciels ayant permis de produire cette connaissance. (...) - BE Pays-Bas 47, Les Bulletins Electroniques des Ambassades de France, 2013/09/04

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To write for the public is to demonstrate social scientists have knowledge, expertise, and thoughts worth considering

To write for the public is to demonstrate social scientists have knowledge, expertise, and thoughts worth considering | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Engaging with the media can be time consuming and the effort involved often reaps little professional reward in traditional academic structures. But it also can demonstrate a commitment to civic engagement. Rachel Newcomb looks at different types of media engagement and finds Op-Eds in particular can be a worthwhile exercise for anthropologists to be succinct and to communicate the value of their work and expertise. (...) - LSE blog 'Impact of Social Sciences", by Rachel Newcomb, September 3, 2013

 

 

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[New Zealand]Government proposes changes to research fund

Eleven years after the introduction of the country's NZ$250 million (US$195 million) research fund for tertiary institutions, the New Zealand government is proposing only minor changes to it.

The Performance Based Research Fund, or PBRF, has evaluated the quality of research at institutions that provide degrees and postgraduate qualifications three times since it was introduced in 2002 and is now under review. (...)  - University World News, by John Gerritsen, 29 August 2013 Issue No:285

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Canadian scientists protest against government censorship

Canadian scientists protest against government censorship | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Rules bar government researchers from talking about their own work with journalists and even fellow researchers (...) - by Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian, 16 September, 2013

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Research collaboration differs between Europe and US

Researchers in America are more likely to collaborate with peers outside the US than European researchers are to work with colleagues outside Europe, according to a new report. But it says the benefits of collaborating outside their region are proportionally greater for European than for US researchers.

“Other studies have shown that research nations benefit from collaborative research, in particular international collaborations, as they typically result in higher citation impacts, a quality measure of research articles,” the report states. (...) - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 19 September 2013 Issue No:288

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The True Cost of Becoming an Academician in China?

The True Cost of Becoming an Academician in China? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Revelations of government corruption hardly raise eyebrows in China these days. But Zhang Shuguang’s exploits have managed to shock a jaded populace. The “father” of China’s high-speed rail system, standing trial on corruption charges in Beijing last week, testified that he solicited bribes from businessmen because he needed money—a whopping 23 million yuan (about $3.8 million)—to burnish his credentials and influence votes in the biannual elections for membership in the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2007 and 2009. It turned out to be money ill spent, in more ways than one: Zhang failed to get elected not once, but twice. (...) - ScienceInsider, 2013/09/17

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Why bother with public engagement?

Why bother with public engagement? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

In the lead-up to our Naturejobs Career Expo and conference in London tomorrow, where we will have a panel discussion on science communication, Heather Doran, a Project Officer in Public Engagement with Research at the University of Aberdeen, shares her thoughts on the benefits that public engagement can bring to scientists in this guest blog post. (...) - by Catherine de Lange, Nature Jobs, 18 Sep 2013

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What Does a Scientist Want?

What Does a Scientist Want? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Although many people claim to know what scientists want, the author's own ongoing survey has come up with results that are at odds with most conventional wisdom. This post summarizes those finding... (...) - by Joseph Esposito, Blog the scholarly kitchen, Sep 3, 2013

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Confronting global knowledge production inequities

The research environment in the global South faces many pressing challenges, given resource inequality. Technical and financial issues aside, the values and practices shaped by the Northern research agenda contribute just as much to the imbalance.

In order to confront these inequities, perceptions of ‘science’ and research outputs must be broadened, and the open access movement also needs to widen its focus – from access to knowledge to full participation in knowledge creation and in scholarly communication. (...) - University World News, by

Laura Czerniewicz, 14 September 2013, Issue No:287

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U.S. Science Laureate Bill Hits Roadblock

U.S. Science Laureate Bill Hits Roadblock | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Climate science skeptics have derailed a congressional proposal to create the honorary position of U.S. science laureate. But proponents haven’t abandoned the idea of giving someone a national platform to foster public understanding of science and serve as a role model. (...) - by Jeffrey Mervis, 2013/09/12, ScienceInsider

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Using algorithms to link-up researchers

Using algorithms to link-up researchers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Scientists are developing algorithms that can connect researchers across the world who have similar interests by scanning the content of academic papers. 

Researchers at TEAM, an EU-funded project, are using algorithms to quantify the extent to which scientific papers cover similar ground, and are looking at ways to profile scientists by the documents they have searched for. They are also developing technology that can facilitate searches of research papers. (...) - by Peter O'Donnell, in Horizon, 05 August 2013


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Marco Pozzi's curator insight, September 14, 2013 10:59 AM

Nonostante l'idiosincrasia verso la condivisione di conoscenza in ambito scientifico forse un giorno non troppo lontano ciò sarà superato almeno in parte .... 

Enrico De Angelis's comment, September 16, 2013 7:03 AM
L'idiosincrasia verso la condivisione è un retaggio del passato. Non è facilmente rimovibile ma il modo SOCIAL di lavorare attraverso i MEDIA, ovvero i vantaggi che questo offre, lo rende sempre meno strategia praticata. Vedremo ...!!!
Enrico De Angelis's curator insight, September 16, 2013 7:05 AM

I really think that social media and other tools to research and dig out data from the network will change the Academia and Research world.

We wait for this change (and push).

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Japan Gets Serious About Creating Its Own NIH

Science is a big winner in Japan's 2014 budget, with the education ministry requesting $12 billion for S&T, a 20% increase over the current year's funding. Biomedical research is about to take off thanks to plans to create a Japanese version of the U.S. National Institutes of Health—though some researchers complain that during the planning process, so far, they've been left largely in the dark. (...) - by Dennis Normile, Science 6 September 2013: Vol. 341 no. 6150 p. 1053

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Put your money where your citations are: a proposal for a new funding system

Put your money where your citations are: a proposal for a new funding system | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

What would happen if researchers were given more control over their own funding and the funding of others? Hadas Shema looks at the results from an article that makes the case for a collective approach to the allocation of science funding. By funding people directly rather than projects, money and time would be saved and researchers would be given more freedom than the current system. (...) - LSE blog 'Impact of Social Sciences', by Hadas Shema, September 4, 2013

 

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Publishing research without data is simply advertising, not science

Publishing research without data is simply advertising, not science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The following post is by Graham Steel. It is an adaptation of a five minute lightning talk given at Glasgow’s 1st Open Knowledge Foundation meet-up.  Commencing in 2001, I became involved in the Charitable Sector as Vice-Chair of a support group for families affected by a rare and invariably fatal neurodegenerative disease. This led to reading scientific papers for the first time. We were sent paper copies of Manuscripts published by the main two research camps in the UK who were involved in this field.(...) - Open Knowledge Foundation Blog, by Graham Steel, September 3, 2013

The following post is by Graham Steel. It is an adaptation of a five minute lightning talk given at Glasgow’s 1st Open Knowledge Foundation meet-up.

Commencing in 2001, I became involved in the Charitable Sector as Vice-Chair of a support group for families affected by a rare and invariably fatal neurodegenerative disease. This led to reading scientific papers for the first time. We were sent paper copies of Manuscripts published by the main two research camps in the UK who were involved in this field.

- See more at: http://blog.okfn.org/2013/09/03/publishing-research-without-data-is-simply-advertising-not-science/#sthash.NX6A9e1N.dpuf

The following post is by Graham Steel. It is an adaptation of a five minute lightning talk given at Glasgow’s 1st Open Knowledge Foundation meet-up.

Commencing in 2001, I became involved in the Charitable Sector as Vice-Chair of a support group for families affected by a rare and invariably fatal neurodegenerative disease. This led to reading scientific papers for the first time. We were sent paper copies of Manuscripts published by the main two research camps in the UK who were involved in this field.

- See more at: http://blog.okfn.org/2013/09/03/publishing-research-without-data-is-simply-advertising-not-science/#sthash.NX6A9e1N.dpuf

The following post is by Graham Steel. It is an adaptation of a five minute lightning talk given at Glasgow’s 1st Open Knowledge Foundation meet-up.

Commencing in 2001, I became involved in the Charitable Sector as Vice-Chair of a support group for families affected by a rare and invariably fatal neurodegenerative disease. This led to reading scientific papers for the first time. We were sent paper copies of Manuscripts published by the main two research camps in the UK who were involved in this field.

- See more at: http://blog.okfn.org/2013/09/03/publishing-research-without-data-is-simply-advertising-not-science/#sthash.NX6A9e1N.dpuf
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Russian researchers protest against law dissolving Academy of Sciences

Russian researchers protest against law dissolving Academy of Sciences | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Russian researchers are vehemently protesting a bill that would essentially liquidate the venerated Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) and replace it with a newly -formed but as-yet poorly-defined body.  The bill was passed its first and second reading on 1 July and 5 July 2013, respectively. It is slated to be signed into law when the Duma resumes session on 10 September. According to Russian law, substantive changes may not be made to a bill after it passes its second reading. - See more at: http://euroscientist.com/2013/09/russian-researchers-protest-against-law-dissolving-academy-of-sciences/#sthash.0LJZ71iF.dpufRussian researchers are vehemently protesting a bill  that would essentially liquidate the venerated Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) and replace it with a newly -formed but as-yet poorly-defined body.  The bill was passed its first and second reading on 1 July and 5 July 2013, respectively. It is slated to be signed into law when the Duma resumes session on 10 September. According to Russian law, substantive changes may not be made to a bill after it passes its second reading. - See more at: http://euroscientist.com/2013/09/russian-researchers-protest-against-law-dissolving-academy-of-sciences/#sthash.0LJZ71iF.dpufRussian researchers are vehemently protesting a bill  that would essentially liquidate the venerated Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) and replace it with a newly -formed but as-yet poorly-defined body.  The bill was passed its first and second reading on 1 July and 5 July 2013, respectively. It is slated to be signed into law when the Duma resumes session on 10 September. According to Russian law, substantive changes may not be made to a bill after it passes its second reading. - See more at: http://euroscientist.com/2013/09/russian-researchers-protest-against-law-dissolving-academy-of-sciences/#sthash.0LJZ71iF.dpufRussian researchers are vehemently protesting a bill  that would essentially liquidate the venerated Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) and replace it with a newly -formed but as-yet poorly-defined body.  The bill was passed its first and second reading on 1 July and 5 July 2013, respectively. It is slated to be signed into law when the Duma resumes session on 10 September. According to Russian law, substantive changes may not be made to a bill after it passes its second reading. - See more at: http://euroscientist.com/2013/09/russian-researchers-protest-against-law-dissolving-academy-of-sciences/#sthash.0LJZ71iF.dpufRussian researchers are vehemently protesting a bill  that would essentially liquidate the venerated Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) and replace it with a newly -formed but as-yet poorly-defined body.  The bill was passed its first and second reading on 1 July and 5 July 2013, respectively. It is slated to be signed into law when the Duma resumes session on 10 September. According to Russian law, substantive changes may not be made to a bill after it passes its second reading. - See more at: http://euroscientist.com/2013/09/russian-researchers-protest-against-law-dissolving-academy-of-sciences/#sthash.0LJZ71iF.dpufRussian researchers are vehemently protesting a bill  that would essentially liquidate the venerated Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) and replace it with a newly -formed but as-yet poorly-defined body.  The bill was passed its first and second reading on 1 July and 5 July 2013, respectively. It is slated to be signed into law when the Duma resumes session on 10 September. According to Russian law, substantive changes may not be made to a bill after it passes its second reading. - See more at: http://euroscientist.com/2013/09/russian-researchers-protest-against-law-dissolving-academy-of-sciences/#sthash.0LJZ71iF.dpuf

Russian researchers are vehemently protesting a bill  that would essentially liquidate the venerated Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) and replace it with a newly -formed but as-yet poorly-defined body.  The bill was passed its first and second reading on 1 July and 5 July 2013, respectively. It is slated to be signed into law when the Duma resumes session on 10 September. According to Russian law, substantive changes may not be made to a bill after it passes its second reading.(...) - Euroscientist, S eptember 2nd, 2013

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