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US: USC considers acquiring Scripps Research Institute

US: USC considers acquiring Scripps Research Institute | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

As federal funding tightens, nonprofit organizations discuss unusual merger.

In an unexpected announcement yesterday, the University of Southern California in Los Angeles revealed it may be acquiring or merging with the Scripps Research Institute. Scripps, a major nonprofit biomedical research hub based in San Diego, California, issued a joint statement with the university, telling U-T San Diego that they were “discussing the possibility of a relationship that would enhance the missions of both institutions.” The article cites anonymous sources who say funding woes at Scripps motivated the possible merger—namely, increasing competition for funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). (...) - by Kelly Servick, Science, 17 June 2014

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NIH's translational center scores first drug acquisition by pharma

NIH's translational center scores first drug acquisition by pharma | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Agency says success of new molecule for sickle cell disease shows its drug development model is working.

For the first time, a drug being developed in part by a controversial new National Institutes of Health (NIH) center aimed at speeding drug development has been picked up by a major pharmaceutical company. Baxter International has acquired the biotech company developing Aes-103, a small molecule for treating sickle cell disease. (...) - By Jocelyn Kaiser, Science, 9 July 2014


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Partisan battling derails vote on disputed bill to reshape U.S. energy science programs

Partisan battling derails vote on disputed bill to reshape U.S. energy science programs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Democrats block House science panel debate on bill once known as EINSTEIN.

Comity on the science committee of the U.S. House of Representatives reached a new low today.

Twenty-two minutes after the committee’s energy panel convened to start the process of debating and approving a bill to reauthorize the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) research and development programs, Representative Cynthia Lummis (R–WY) gaveled the session to a close without taking any votes on the proposed legislation. It was the latest—and most graphic—illustration of how partisan distrust has crippled the committee’s ability to do its job. (...) - by Jeffrey Mervis, Science, 11 June 2014

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Entretien avec Sergey Tunik - Vice-recteur pour la recherche, université d'Etat de Saint-Pétersbourg

Entretien avec Sergey Tunik - Vice-recteur pour la recherche, université d'Etat de Saint-Pétersbourg | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Sergey Tunik est vice-recteur pour la recherche de l'université d'Etat de Saint-Pétersbourg, une des meilleures universités du pays. Chimiste, Sergey Tunik a été professeur invité dans de nombreuses universités dans le monde entier, notamment au Japon, au Canada et en Europe, en Finlande, en Espagne, en Grèce et en Suède. (...) - Les Bulletins Electroniques des Ambassades de France, BE Russie 62, 2014/06/05

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No shortcuts to development, basic research is key

The notion that the innovation capabilities of developing economies can ‘leap-frog’ and catch up with developed countries without an investment in basic research is an unfortunate but persistent view, which is likely to prolong dependency on external agencies, according to Venni V Krishna, professor of science policy at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.

“There is no shortcut to development via science and technology other than strong public policies and state support to oriented or directed basic research,” he told higher education and research policy experts at an expert roundtable meeting in Durban convened to identify topics for the new Research, Higher Education, Development and Innovation – RHEDI – project. (...) - University World News, by Sharon Dell, 06 June 2014 Issue No:323

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Research management – A question of balance?

Is ‘research management’ an oxymoron? – A concept that pits researchers against administrators and threatens to kill the goose that lays the golden egg? Or is it a realistic response to a world in which national wealth is based on knowledge production and the ability to effectively participate in global market networks?

Increasingly, it is the latter: research management throughout the world has become far more professionalised and specialised, with greater emphasis on strategic research planning and research accountability. (...) - University World News, by Sharon Dell, 06 June 2014 Issue No:323

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Research funders worldwide commit to open-access push

Leaders of the some of the world’s most prominent research funding organisations have agreed to promote open access more actively, as they prepare to publish a report on the issue.

Members of the Global Research Council discussed and endorsed the report during a meeting held in Beijing from 26 to 28 May. A copy seen by Research Europe highlights concerns with the green and gold models of open access, and about balancing publication charges against licence fees. (...) - by Penny Sarchet, 05/06/2014

 

 

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PLOS ONE Output Falls 25 Percent

PLOS ONE Output Falls 25 Percent | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Publication output for the largest journal in science continues to fall, just not as fast as leading indicators would predict.

First, let me make a bold admission–the kind that works perfectly for a tweet: “I was wrong.”

In a previous post, I claimed that a precipitous February drop in PLOS ONE article output was the result of a decline in their last Impact Factor. Authors (even those supportive of open access publishing) are sensitive to journal Impact Factors, so a drop in PLOS ONE‘s Impact Factor (from 4.092 to 3.730), reported last June would eventually show up as a drop in publication output 5-6 months later as manuscripts slowly move through their publication process. (...) - Blog 'Scholarly kitchen', by Phil Davis, June 3, 2014

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U.S. Senate Panel Gives NSF a Small Boost

U.S. Senate Panel Gives NSF a Small Boost | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Legislators meet president's request but fall short of House level.

 

A U.S. Senate spending panel has met the president’s 2015 request for the National Science Foundation (NSF)—and that’s depressing news for the agency. (...) - by Jeffrey Mervis, Science, 3 June 2014

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German Politicians Break Research Funding Impasse

German Politicians Break Research Funding Impasse | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Federal and state leaders agree on €9 billion education boost and the need to amend constitution.

BERLIN—Financing for German science got a boost yesterday when politicians agreed on how to spend €9 billion slated for education over the next 4 years. Disagreements between the federal and state governments had delayed plans for distributing the money, promised in November, between preschools, schools, and universities. (...) - by Gretchen Vogel, Science, 27 May 2014

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E.U. Commission Rejects Plea to Block Stem Cell Research Funding

E.U. Commission Rejects Plea to Block Stem Cell Research Funding | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

"Agreement to disagree" among member states will remain the rule under Horizon 2020.

 

BRUSSELS—The European Commission today turned down a request by pro-life organizations to block E.U. funding for research using embryonic stem cells—causing many scientists to breathe a sigh of relief. The commission says the existing rules under the European Union's science program, Horizon 2020, are appropriate and will not change. (...) - by Tania Rabesandratana, Science, 28 May 2014

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President Barroso's speech at the Euroscience Open Forum

President Barroso's speech at the Euroscience Open Forum | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

[Press release, European Commission]

[Europe 2020/Horizon 2020]

As we start to move out of the worst financial and economic crisis since the 1930s, now is the time to focus on building a strong, sustainable future.

On building a bridge between our past scientific traditions and a world where we share increasingly important global challenges and where we need innovative solutions. (...) - 23/05/2014

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Russia: Plan to increase research at national universities

The government is aiming to improve the position of Russian science in the global arena by accelerating research activities at national universities.

According to a recent report by Thomson Reuters, Russian science lags significantly behind most countries in the G20. Statistics show that over the past decade, the share of Russian papers in the Web of Science international database has dropped from 3% to 2.1% – and the papers go largely unnoticed by foreign scientists. (...) - University World News, by Eugene Vorotnikov, 23 May 2014 Issue No:321

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E.U. medicines agency relaxes data-sharing rules

E.U. medicines agency relaxes data-sharing rules | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Researchers remain concerned about other possible restrictions.

Academics breathed a cautious sigh of relief when the European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced yesterday that it would soften controversial draft rules to open clinical trial data to public scrutiny. In particular, the agency says it will let researchers “download, save and print the trial data for academic and non-commercial research purposes.” A previous plan would have allowed them only to view data on their computer screens. (...) - by Tania Rabesandratane, Science, 13 June 2014

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Postgraduate students feel overlooked

Postgraduate students feel overlooked | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Many postgraduate students struggle to meet their living costs and do not believe the current funding system works.

Postgraduate students feel marginalised and worried about finances, according to a report by Unite, the student accommodation provider.

Their financial situation is a key contributing factor to their feeling of being overlooked, the survey of 810 postgraduate students finds.

Only 22% feel the current funding system works. Nine out of 10 say they would prefer the sort of tuition-fee loan system that applies to undergraduates. (...) by Libby Page and Abby Young-Powell, The Guardian, 11 June 2014

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may be the topic is yet a bit far to come, here in Italy ... but "meeting living costs" sounds very actual, in crisis time, here too.

The difference? Many still thinks that things may change back ...

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Male Professors Rarely Train Female Scientists

Male Professors Rarely Train Female Scientists | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Where are the women in America’s greatest scientific laboratories?

 

A few years ago, Jason Sheltzer and Joan Smith were at a dinner party, chatting with a physics graduate student. When she offhandedly mentioned that she was the first female student her adviser had graduated in 20 years, they were appalled. “We thought that that was amazing,” Sheltzer told me. “Twenty years without a single woman!” (...) - by Jane Hu, Slate, 11 June , 2014

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U.S. Senate bill would give NIH 2% raise in 2015

U.S. Senate bill would give NIH 2% raise in 2015 | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Measure would restore sequester cuts, give agency $606 million increase.

A U.S. Senate spending panel today approved a draft bill that would raise the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) budget by $605.7 million, to $30.5 billion, in the 2015 fiscal year that begins 1 October. That modest 2% increase is good news for the agency; President Barack Obama’s budget proposal had requested a smaller $211 million increase. (...) - by Jocelyn Kaiser, Science, 10 June 2014

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More research needed on research management

Rather than mimicking ‘best practice’ of top-performing institutions, universities aspiring to the status of research institutions in low- and middle-income countries need to invest more heavily in understanding their own institutional profiles and develop a vision of what it means to be a research university in their national context.

Professor Nico Cloete, director of the Cape Town-based Centre for Higher Education Transformation, said this at an expert roundtable held at the launch of the Research, Higher Education, Development and Innovation – RHEDI – project in Durban in May. (...) - University World News, by Sharon Dell, 06 June 2014 Issue No:323

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[Sweden] Government and foundation boosts for research

Sweden’s government is to invest SEK1.6 billion (US$240 million) over the next 10 years in the city of Södertälje, in research and training in medicine and engineering, said Education Minister Jan Björklund last Monday. The next day the Wallenberg Foundation outlined plans to invest a whopping SEK1.7 billion so “Swedish medical research can regain its world leading position”. (...) - University World News, by

Jan Petter Myklebust, 06 June 2014 Issue No:323
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Federal boost for German science

Federal boost for German science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Agreement on changes to constitution pave way for university funding shake-up.

Germany’s highly federalized political system has been a pillar of democracy for more than half a century. But even as the country’s constitution has underpinned its stability, it has been a thorn in the side of the scientific community. Universities are largely funded by local governments, and there are tight restrictions on the uses of federal funding — for example, it cannot be used to pay permanent staff or infrastructure costs. This makes it difficult for institutions to compete with the world’s leading research powerhouses.(...) - by Quirin Schiermeier, Nature, 04 June 2014

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Does the scientific journal have a future?

Does the scientific journal have a future? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

This summer, scholars will use the break from teaching to submit manuscripts, review papers and develop new ideas. But even as the major functions of scholarly publishing march on, scholars, publishers and librarians start to ask, “What does the future of the scholarly journal look like?” (...) - by Bonnie Swoger, Blog ' Information Culture', Scientific American, June 18, 2014


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Science 2.0, open acces archives of pre-print articles, social media measurement of impact of these article... is there a future for traditional publication pathways ? 

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What Motivates Reviewers? An Experiment in Economics

What Motivates Reviewers? An Experiment in Economics | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Shorter deadlines, email reminders, and cash incentives can speed up the peer review process and minimize unintended effects, a recent study suggests. Can it work for other disciplines?

 

“It takes a researcher 3-5 hours to review a manuscript,” editors quip, “whether you give him/her a week or six months!”

I’ve heard many variations on this joke, but the principle remains: most people are motivated by deadlines and need periodic reminders to meet them. (...) - by Phil Davis, The Scholarly Kitchen, May 28, 2014

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La Leru détaille les activités d'innovation de ses membres et leurs liens avec les entreprises

La Leru (Ligue des universités européennes de recherche) souhaite "établir un réseau collaboratif de classe mondiale pour l'échange de connaissance, les entreprises et l’innovation", selon les mots de Stephen Caddik, vice-président "entreprises" de l’University College London et responsable de la communauté "entreprise et innovation" de la Leru. Il s’exprime dans un communiqué, le 21 mai 2014, à l’occasion de la publication d’une brochure fournissant des informations sur les opportunités en termes de réseaux d’entreprises et d’innovation des 21 membres de la Leru (1). Pour chacun d’eux, la brochure recense les moyens et initiatives en matière de transfert et de valorisation, ainsi qu e les principales activités et partenariats avec les entreprises. (...) - AEF, par Anne Roy - Le mercredi 28 mai 2014 - dépêche n°481106

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Chinese Science to Get With the Global Program

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Officials at confab rally to the cause of open access and stricter review.

 

BEIJING—Chinese science leaders here today threw their weight behind plans to embrace open access and Western norms of scientific conduct, including a plea from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) for more rigorous evaluation and peer review. (...) - Science, by Christina Larson, Science, 28 May 2014

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Confessions of an academic in the developing world

Confessions of an academic in the developing world | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Far from western hubs of learning, we face fierce pressure to compete with our peers, often at the expense of research quality.

 

Here is a forewarning: you might not like me. Rest assured, I am not proud of myself either. Maybe you might end up liking me. I do not know for sure, since it is a habit of mine to question myself constantly.

I am incredibly lucky. I earned my PhD in a field of social science from a highly reputable American university. After I finished my degree, I willingly returned to my home country and after a few post-doctoral positions I found a permanent job in one of the freest, best-paid, and prestigious universities. (...) - The Guardian, 26 May 2014

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