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Summit proposes steps toward biomedical workforce sustainability

Summit proposes steps toward biomedical workforce sustainability | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Workforce experts met in Washington, D.C., last week to discuss plans and goals for the future.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The idea that “hypercompetition” and lack of opportunity for aspiring scientists have made the biomedical research enterprise “unsustainable” has gained increasing acceptance since the publication of an influential 2014 article. Last week, two of that article’s authors—former Science Editor-in-Chief Bruce Alberts and former Princeton University President Shirley Tilghman—joined 25 other prominent figures from academe, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), scholarly organizations, industry, and disease advocacy groups here to work on initiatives to help improve the situation. Attention focused on funding, postdocs, staff scientists, and training for nonacademic careers. (...) - Science, by Beryl Lieff Benderly, Feb. 11, 2016

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NSF breaks new ground in reprimanding authors of flawed Science paper

NSF breaks new ground in reprimanding authors of flawed Science paper | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Editor opts for retraction after rejecting correction ordered by agency.


Retractions of scientific papers are common. But the circumstances surrounding this week’s retraction of a 12-year-old Science paper, involving research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), appear to be highly unusual. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, Feb. 4, 2016

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Germany’s excellence program gets good grades

Germany’s excellence program gets good grades | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A decade-long focus on excellence has inspired positive change in the university system, commission says.


BERLIN—Germany should award millions of euros in extra funding to its 10 top-performing universities, an international commission recommended today. That is one of the best ways to build on the country’s Excellence Initiative, a decade-long program that was supposed to boost German universities to world-class status. The commission, chaired by physicist Dieter Imboden of the ETH Zurich in Switzerland, presented its long-awaited evaluation of the program today. (...) - Science, by Gretchen Vohel, Jan. 29, 2016

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Funding: What stops women getting more grants?

Women make up 33% of the applicants who are eligible for programmes funded by the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), but they lead only 21% of grant applications. The percentage receiving large grants of more than £2 million (US$2.8 million) remains stubbornly low: in 2014, women had (...) - Nature, by David McAllister, Jan Juillerat & Jackie Hunter, Nature 529, 466 (28 January 2016)
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Turquie: L'UE dénonce la chasse aux universitaires pacifistes d'Erdogan

Turquie: L'UE dénonce la chasse aux universitaires pacifistes d'Erdogan | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

21 intellectuels sont poursuivis pour avoir signé un appel à l'arrêt des opérations contre les Kurdes. «Un climat d' intimidation» inacceptable pour Bruxelles. (...) - Libération, 15/01/2016

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Brazil’s scientist-entrepreneurs unfettered

Brazil’s scientist-entrepreneurs unfettered | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

New law clears way for academia-industry tie-ups


SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL—Full-time professors at public universities in Brazil will now be allowed to carry out research in the private sector—and get paid for it, without having to drop their academic jobs. The change is the result of a new law, signed yesterday by President Dilma Rousseff, designed to bring science and industry closer together. (...) - Science, by Herton Escobar, 2016/01/12

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Turkey ends funding for controversial research institute

Turkey ends funding for controversial research institute | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The Institute of Turkish Studies has been accused of pushing the Turkish state's agenda on the Armenian genocide. Now the Turkish government has withdrawn its funding. Why? (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Elizabeth Redden, December 22, 2015

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E.U. frees up data for science

Scientists in Europe have won a major battle over access to personal health data. A research coalition had worried that draft E.U. legislation would have sharply restricted scientific use of such data. This week, however, scientist-friendly amendments emerged from negotiations between the European Parliament, the European Council, and the European Commission.(...) - Science, by Hinnerk Feldwisch-Drentrup, Dec. 19, 2015

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Updated: Budget agreement boosts U.S. science

Updated: Budget agreement boosts U.S. science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

NIH leads the pack as Congress hikes basic research at several agencies.

 

Congress today overwhelmingly passed the 2016 spending bill. The House of Representatives this morning voted 316 to 113, with a majority of Republicans and nearly all Democrats favoring the $1.1 trillion package for all federal agencies. The Senate concurred a few hours later with a vote of 65 to 33. President Barack Obama is expected to sign it into law later today. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, Dec. 18, 2015

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Updated: Budget agreement boosts U.S. science

Updated: Budget agreement boosts U.S. science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

NIH leads the pack as Congress hikes basic research at several agencies.

Congress today overwhelmingly passed the 2016 spending bill. The House of Representatives this morning voted 316 to 113, with a majority of Republicans and nearly all Democrats favoring the $1.1 trillion package for all federal agencies. The Senate concurred a few hours later with a vote of 65 to 33. President Barack Obama is expected to sign it into law later today. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, Dec 18, 2015

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Mandatory open-access publishing can impair academic freedom (essay)

Mandatory open-access publishing can impair academic freedom (essay) | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The movement to make scholarly work more accessible has created major benefits, but mandating open access -- and Creative Commons licensing -- restricts authors’ ability to say how, where and by whom their work will be reused, writes Rick Anderson. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Rick Anderson, December 15, 2015

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In unique deal, Elsevier agrees to make some papers by Dutch authors free

In unique deal, Elsevier agrees to make some papers by Dutch authors free | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Yearlong standoff ends with compromise.

 

A standoff between Dutch universities and publishing giant Elsevier is finally over. After more than a year of negotiations—and a threat to boycott Elsevier's 2500 journals—a deal has been struck: For no additional charge beyond subscription fees, 30% of research published by Dutch researchers in Elsevier journals will be open access by 2018. (...) - Science, by John Bohannnon, 11 December, 2015

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Australian scientists welcome new government's $1 billion ‘ideas boom’

Australian scientists welcome new government's $1 billion ‘ideas boom’ | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Incoming prime minister Malcolm Turnbull reverses deeps budgets cuts

Scientists at Australia’s premier science agency are breathing a sigh of relief. After losing U.S. $84 million in funding and 1400 jobs since 2013, the new government will hand the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) a welcome U.S. $166 million. (...) - Science, by Leigh Dayton, 7 December 2015

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Does it take too long to publish research?

Scientists are becoming increasingly frustrated by the time it takes to publish a paper. Something has to change, they say. (...) - Nature, by Kendall Powell, 1O Feb 2016

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Governments: Balance research funds across Europe

We call for the European Union to push governments into keeping their research funding above subsistence level. This will ensure that scientists from across Europe can compete for Horizon 2020 research funding, not just those from the United Kingdom, Germany and Scandinavia. Europe's research money is divided between the European Commission (...) - Nature 530, 33 (04 February 2016), by Giorgio Parisi,
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How quality control could save your science

How quality control could save your science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

It may not be sexy, but quality assurance is becoming a crucial part of lab life.


Rebecca Davies remembers a time when quality assurance terrified her. In 2007, she had been asked to lead accreditation efforts at the University of Minnesota's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Saint Paul. The lab needed to ensure that the tens of thousands of tests it conducts to monitor disease in pets, poultry, livestock and wildlife were watertight. “It was a huge task. I felt sick to my stomach,” recalls Davies, an endocrinologist at the university's College of Veterinary Medicine.(...) - Nature, by Monya Baker, 27/01/2016

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How to read a scientific paper

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

Our columnist describes how he learned to read—and actually understand—journal articles (...) - Science, by Adam Ruben, Jan 20, 2016

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Caltech suspends professor for harassment

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena has suspended a faculty member for gender-based harassment. The university has not disclosed the name of the faculty member, but Science has learned that it is Christian Ott, a professor of theoretical astrophysics who studies gravitational waves and other signals from some of the most violent events in the cosmos. In what is believed to be a first such action by the university, the researcher has been stripped of his Caltech salary and barred from campus for 1 year, is undergoing personalized coaching to become a better mentor, and will need to prove that he has been rehabilitated before he can resume advising students without supervision. Caltech has not curtailed his research activities. The case surfaces as harassment has become a major flashpoint within the astronomy community and even within Congress. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, 15 Jan 2016
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[USA] Caltech suspends professor for harassment

[USA] Caltech suspends professor for harassment | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

University restricts his access to graduate students after upholding their complaints.

For what is believed to be the first time in its history, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena has suspended a faculty member for gender-based harassment. The researcher has been stripped of his university salary and barred from campus for 1 year, is undergoing personalized coaching to become a better mentor, and will need to prove that he has been rehabilitated before he can resume advising students without supervision. Caltech has not curtailed his research activities. (...) - Science, par Jeffrey Mervis, 16/01/12

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Not prolific in research, but not lazy either: meet the ‘academic artisans’

Not prolific in research, but not lazy either: meet the ‘academic artisans’ | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Role of lecturers who play a key part in teaching and administration should get more recognition, according to study (...) - Times higher Education, 2015/12/22

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Biomedicine wins big in US budget deal

Biomedicine wins big in US budget deal | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Late spending bill gives the NIH and several other research agencies healthy increases.

 

Biomedical research advocates are revelling in holiday cheer as a budget bill passed by the House of Representatives on 18 December gives the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) its biggest funding increase since 2003. Several other science-related agencies also benefit substantially from the budget, which is expected to be passed by the Senate and be signed into law by President Barack Obama within a few days. (...) - Nature, by Sara Reardon, Chris Cesare, Heidi Ledford, 18 December 2015

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[US] NIH releases first agency-wide strategic plan in 2 decades

[US] NIH releases first agency-wide strategic plan in 2 decades | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Document formally ends support for 10% set-aside for AIDS research, promises to heed disease burden.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) today released its first agency-wide strategic plan in more than 20 years. Although the document is largely a roundup of what the agency is already doing, it has some NIH advisers wondering whether the plan promises too much. (...) - Science, by Jocelyn Kaiser, Dec. 16, 2015

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South Korean professors charged over alleged plagiarism scheme

South Korean professors charged over alleged plagiarism scheme | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Prosecutors accuse academics of colluding with publishers to boost their standing and sell more books (...) - Times higher Education, by Dvid Matthews, December 15, 2015

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[Algérie] Future capitale de la recherche appliquée

Future capitale de la recherche appliquée.

Tahar Hadjar y a inauguré un Centre national de recherche en environnement, dont l'impact portera sur la promotion du rôle de la recherche universitaire dans le développement local et national. (...) - L'Expression, par Wahida Bahri, 15/12/2015

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Ireland envisions 70% spending boost for research

Ireland envisions 70% spending boost for research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Strategy for 2020 aims to increase investment to €5 billion per year

 

The Irish government today released an ambitious 5-year vision for stimulating innovation. Developed by several agencies, the plan calls for increasing total investment in R&D by about a third to 2.0% of gross domestic product. In cash terms, that would mean a rise in public and private spending from last year’s €2.9 billion to about €5 billion per year in 2020. (...) - Sience, by Erik Stokstad, 8 December 2015

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