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Scholarly publishing should be set free – but not a free-for-all

Scholarly publishing should be set free – but not a free-for-all | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Of course we need evidence-based published science, says Peter Scott, but we also need to make room for creative thinking, which does not always lead to publication (...) - by Peter Scott, The Guardian, Monday 6 May 2013

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James Watson: Postdocs should travel, talk, and think big

James Watson: Postdocs should travel, talk, and think big | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

You could say Jim Watson had an ideal postdoc experience. Sixty years ago, when he was still in his 20s, he was a postdoc in the Cavendish Lab at the University of Cambridge when he played a central role in one of the biggest discoveries of the 20th century. Along with Francis Crick, he co-authored the Nature papers in 1953 that proposed the double-helical structure of DNA and outlined a potential mechanism for how that structure could allow DNA to self-replicate. The work earned him a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962 and a place in the history books. (...) - Posted by Catherine de Lange, Claire O’Connell, contributor Nature Jobs Blog, 03 May 2013

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Obama Promises to Protect Peer Review in Salute to NAS

Obama Promises to Protect Peer Review in Salute to NAS | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

President Barack Obama faces plenty of critics in Washington these days. But he found an appreciative audience today at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS), where he delivered a speech celebrating the august body's 150th anniversary. In addition to touting his administration's support for research, Obama took an oblique swipe at political adversaries in Congress who want to require the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other funding agencies to adopt new grant funding criteria.(...) - ScienceInsider, by David Malakoff on 29 April 2013

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Obama Pledges Support for Science and Peer Review

Obama Pledges Support for Science and Peer Review | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

President Obama used a speech Monday at the 150th anniversary meeting of the National Academy of Sciences to pledge that he would continue to push for research funding. "[A]s long as I’m president, we’re going to continue to be committed to investing in the promising ideas that are generated from you and your institutions, because they lead to innovative products, they help boost our economy, but also because that’s who we are.  I’m committed to it because that’s what makes us special and ultimately what makes life worth living," he said. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, April 30 2013

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[Canada] Universities urged to put focus back on basic research

Saying Canada’s future in science and research is threatened, a national association representing academics has launched a campaign to ‘Get Science Right’, in the hope of shaming the federal government into changing its science policy and funding formulas, writes Karen Seidman for The Montreal Gazette.

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is urging the government to take a new direction in science funding, saying that company-specific research funding has soared more than 1,000% since 2009 – but at the expense of the basic research that academics believe is essential to fostering scientific innovation and progress. (...) - University World News, by The Montreal Gazette, 27 April 2013 Issue No:269

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La Silicon Valley vue par... Jean-Marc Idoux - Educpros

La Silicon Valley vue par... Jean-Marc Idoux - Educpros | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Du 9 au 15 mars 2013, EducPros a organisé un voyage d'étude dans la Silicon Valley en Californie, qui a réuni une quinzaine de participants, représentants de grandes écoles d'universités et du ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur. Cette excursion transatlantique a été l'occasion de visiter les universités de Berkeley et Stanford, de découvrir les fondateurs de MOOC (Khan Academy, Coursera) et d'échanger avec des représentants d'entreprises emblématiques du secteur (Mozilla, Linkedin). Que retenir de cette plongée au coeur de l'innovation ? Le point de vue de Jean-Marc Idoux, directeur général du groupe HEI-ISA-ISEN. (...) - EducPros, 18/04/2013

 

 

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Serbia’s scientists rise to defend access to papers

In just three days more than 3,000 of Serbia's scientists have signed a petition aimed at the Serbian Government and Ministry of Science to preserve access to journals thorough a Serbian library service KoBSON, following loss of access to Oxford University Press materials earlier this month (9 April). (...) - by Mićo Tatalović, Balkan Science Beat blog on SciLogs, 16 April 2013

 

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USA: Federal Researchers Welcome Rollback of Financial Disclosure Rule

President Barack Obama signed a law yesterday that eliminates a requirement that many high-level government employees' financial holdings be posted online in a public database. This revision of the so-called STOCK Act brought relief to researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, who called the requirement an invasion of privacy and warned that it would drive researchers to leave the government. (...)  - ScienceInsider, by Jocelyn Kaiser on 16 April 2013

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USA: Obama plays scientific favourites

USA: Obama plays scientific favourites | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Some science agencies fare well in US president’s budget request, but proposal will meet stiff resistance.

US President Barack Obama released a budget plan on 10 April for fiscal year 2014 that proposes US$143 billion for research and development across the federal government, an increase of about 1% above 2012 levels. (...) Nature, by Lauren Morello, Natasha Gilbert, Beth Mole... 11 April 2013

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La Silicon Valley vue par...Ménad Sidahmed - Educpros

La Silicon Valley vue par...Ménad Sidahmed - Educpros | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Du 9 au 15 mars 2013, EducPros a organisé un voyage d'étude dans la Silicon Valley en Californie, qui a réuni une quinzaine de participants, représentants de grandes écoles d'universités et du ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur. Cette excursion transatlantique a été l'occasion de visiter les universités de Berkeley et Stanford, de découvrir les fondateurs de MOOC (Khan Academy, Coursera) et d'échanger avec des représentants d'entreprises emblématiques du secteur (Mozilla, Linkedin). Que retenir de cette plongée au coeur de l'innovation ? Le point de vue de Ménad Sidahmed, directeur de l'ENSIIE. (...) - EducPros, 16/04/2013

 

 

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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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Italian politicians unable to resolve the country’s problems, let alone scientists’ issues

Italian politicians unable to resolve the country’s problems, let alone scientists’ issues | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Dear Editor,

I carefully read your announcement regarding your Special Issue related to austerity in Southern Europe that keeps the young and older scientists here in Italy in a discouragingly sad position.

The mind of young researchers in Italy emigration is the only way out. This kind of brain drain is harmful to this beautiful country. Many young researchers after many years of dedicated life as scientists had to stop working due to lack of funds or cut in their project financing. Government cut more than 60% of the research budget. It is ridiculous that, even under this difficult situation, there is also a further request to remove 10% from project funds. (...) - Euroscientist Blog, May 2nd, 2013

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Diederik Stapel’s Audacious Academic Fraud

Diederik Stapel’s Audacious Academic Fraud | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Diederik Stapel, a Dutch social psychologist, perpetrated an audacious academic fraud by making up studies that told the world what it wanted to hear about human nature. (...) -By YUDHIJIT BHATTACHARJEE, The New York Times, April 26, 2013

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Italy Appoints New Research Minister

Italy Appoints New Research Minister | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

ROME—A bioengineer has been appointed minister of education, universities, and research in Italy's newly formed government. Maria Chiara Carrozza, 47, is a professor at the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa and a member of Parliament for the center-left Democratic Party, which is about to lead a new government formed as a result of February elections. Observers anticipate broad support for Carrozza's appointment, while noting that she faces huge obstacles.(..) - ScienceInsider, by Edwin Cartlidge on 29 April 2013

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U.S. Lawmaker Proposes New Criteria for Choosing NSF Grants

U.S. Lawmaker Proposes New Criteria for Choosing NSF Grants | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The new chair of the House of Representatives science committee has drafted a bill that, in effect, would replace peer review at the National Science Foundation (NSF) with a set of funding criteria chosen by Congress. For good measure, it would also set in motion a process to determine whether the same criteria should be adopted by every other federal science agency.(...) - ScienceInsider, by Jeffrey Mervis on 28 April 2013

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Open access: four ways it could enhance academic freedom

Open access: four ways it could enhance academic freedom | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The power of funding alone should not be enough to override academic freedom, argues Curt Rice, nor does open access automatically skew the world of scholarship (...) - by Curt Rice, The Guardian, Monday 22 April 2013

 

 

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Austerity-led brain drain is killing Greek science

Austerity-led brain drain is killing Greek science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Lack of funding and recruitment freezes are driving young researchers out of the country, warns Varvara Trachana.

Science in Greece is going backwards. This month, researchers lost access to the journal Bioinformatics, a top-ranked title in mathematical and computational biology. Many more publications are likely to disappear from Greek libraries. The Ministry of Education has not paid the bills for its subscription bundles. The largest publishers — including Elsevier, Springer and Taylor & Francis — have threatened to suspend access. Others have done so already. (...) - by Varvara Trachana, Nature, 17 April 2013

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Southern European scientists become activists as recession bites

Southern European scientists become activists as recession bites | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A line of people in white coat queuing in front of Valencia’s train station is quite an unusual sight. Yet, this scene was not part of a movie rehearsal. Rather, it was reported in prime time news on Spanish television, on 19th December 2012. This action was part of a scientists’ protest taking place in 20 cities in Spain. This initiative included releasing balloons at Madrid’s Complutense University and using banners to block the traffic in Barcelona’s main streets. These examples reflect how scientists are increasingly deploying activists’ techniques to fight back the effects of the recession on research. This trend is particularly developed in Southern European countries, which are among the hardest hit by austerity. (...) - Euroscientist, April 15th, 2013

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Pervasive meritocracy, a must for Italian research

Pervasive meritocracy, a must for Italian research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Ilaria Capua, recently elected Member of the Italian Parliament, under the umbrella of the Civic Choice movement, talks to the Euroscientist about the kind of reforms that are needed to ensure a sustainable future to Italian research. Prior to her appointment, she has had a successful career as a prominent virologist involved, in particular, in research in H5N1. She is the Director of the division  of comparative biomedical sciences  at the Experimental Institute for the Prevention of Animal Diseases (Instituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie), Padua, as well as the Director of the  International  reference laboratory for animal influenza of the OIE Collaborating Centre for Diseases at the Human–Animal Interface. (...) - Euroscientist Blog, April 15th, 2013

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Developing countries unprepared for research misconduct

Developing countries unprepared for research misconduct | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Research into the extent of scientific misconduct in developing countries highlights the need to combat it, say researchers.

In a first attempt to evaluate the extent of dishonest behavior in biomedicine in low- and middle-income countries, researchers analysed the scientific literature for reports of fabrication of results, falsification of experiments and conclusions, and plagiarism.(...) - SciDev.Net, by Eva Aguilar,  11 avril 2013

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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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