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What makes a university career a success or a failure?

What makes a university career a success or a failure? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A quiet revolution has been going on in the corridors of academia: nowadays, being a success may include having a life outside, says Jonathan Wolff.

A retiring US university president in the 1960s was asked how he had managed to remain so universally popular. He is said to have replied, "I make a point of never discussing sports with alumni, sex with students, or parking with faculty." (...) - by Jonathan Wolf, The Guadian, 20/05/2014

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HHMI Hopes to Replicate Program to Produce More Minority Science Ph.D.s

HHMI Hopes to Replicate Program to Produce More Minority Science Ph.D.s | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Penn State and the University of North Carolina get money to copy successful Meyerhoff Scholars Program in Maryland.

Can a hugely successful program to increase the number of U.S. minority students earning advanced science and engineering degrees be exported from its home institution? The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) hopes to find out. (...) - by Jeffrey Mervis, Science, May 20, 2014

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Publication d’un nouveau classement des capacités d’innovation des pays européens

A l’occasion de l’édition 2014 de la foire de Hanovre, l’Institut pour l’innovation et la technique (iit) de Berlin a présenté sa nouvelle publication, l’Indicateur des capacités d’innovation (iit-Innovationsfahigkeitsindikator). Cette étude évalue les potentialités en matière d’innovation de 25 pays européens, en se basant sur la comparaison de 42 indicateurs répartis dans 4 catégories. Il s’intéresse donc à la capacité des Etats à initier, développer et réaliser des processus et des produits innovants. (...) - Portail pour la Science de l'Ambassade de France en Allemagne, 22/04/2014

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Chinese agencies announce open-access policies

Chinese agencies announce open-access policies | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Researchers will now be required to make papers free to read within one year of publication.

China has officially joined the international push to make research papers free to read. On 15 May, the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), one of the country’s major basic-science funding agencies, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), which funds and conducts research at more than 100 institutions, announced that researchers they support should deposit their papers into online repositories and make them publicly accessible within 12 months of publication. (...) - by Richard Van Noorden, Nature, 19 May 2014

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Citizen science draws amateurs into scientific research

Citizen science draws amateurs into scientific research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

In the Internet era, research moves from professionals’ labs to amateurs’ homes.

 

FOR THOUSANDS of ordinary people around the world, one of biology’s hardest problems is just a game. Both scientists and supercomputers have long struggled to predict the three-dimensional structures of the biological molecules called proteins. These structures are crucial to understanding proteins’ roles in fundamental cellular processes and disease, but predicting them is no easy task—which is why some researchers have turned to laypeople for help.  (...) - by Katherine Xue, Harvard Magazine Jan-Feb 2014


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Citizen have been involved in science for a long time by their hobbies in astronomy, zoology, botanic... Hovewer at the fall of the 1990s, researchers asked citizen to help them in the first digital citizen-science project called SETI. Later, in 2004 Rosetta@home also required people to share their home computer to solve protein structure. Now lots of citizen science projects are provided helped by the power of social media, collaborative platforms and online gaming. A new relationship is growing between scientist and citizen. 

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LERU universities want an ERA of change after the EU elections

LERU universities want an ERA of change after the EU elections | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The League of European Research Universities (LERU) urges the EU’s political leaders to set ambitious and concrete goals for the next legislature: use smart investment in research and innovation (R&I) as a winning investment for Europe’s future, help Europe power up economically, and build a better society for its citizens. To succeed, we need new mechanisms, incentives and rewards to harness the strengths of the EU’s R&I policies and programmes and forge smarter links with those of the member states. (...) - Press release LERU (League of European Research Universities), 19 May 2014

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Pays-Bas : un nouveau protocole d’évaluation de la recherche supprime le "critère de productivité" à partir de 2015

À partir de 2015, les institutions de recherche néerlandaises seront évaluées à l’aune d’un nouveau protocole qui "met plus l’accent sur la pertinence sociétale et l’intégrité de la recherche et moins sur la productivité", annonce la NWO (Organisation néerlandaise pour la recherche scientifique). Cette dernière a élaboré le nouveau SEP (pour "Standard evaluation protocol"), qui court jusqu’en 2021, conjointement avec l’Académie royale néerlandaise des sciences et l’Association des universités des Pays-Bas. Ces évaluations, qui ont lieu par roulement tous les six ans, sont conduites par des panels d’experts internationaux. Le "critère de productivité", qui existe en ta nt que tel dans le protocole actuel, est supprimé. Par ailleurs, les programmes doctoraux seront désormais évalués. (...) - AEF, par Anne Roy - Le vendredi 16 mai 2014 - dépêche n°480784

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Spotlight on Women in Science with Sofie Carsten Nielsen

Spotlight on Women in Science with Sofie Carsten Nielsen | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Naturejobs is celebrating Women in Science. Every day this week we’re interviewing an inspirational female scientist. Yesterday, we spoke to Edwina Dunn, founder of dunnhumby and the Tesco Club card.

So far, each of the women in the spotlight series have studied some form of science subject (I’m now including geography is in this group too); some of them have faced barriers in their careers, and all of them are doing things to help other women in science avoid these barriers entirely. (...) - NatureJobs, by Julie Gould, 16/05/2014

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Career development loans: are they a good way to fund your master's?

Career development loans: are they a good way to fund your master's? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

With no interest to pay while you study, CDLs are an attractive option for cash-strapped postgrads – but there are financial risks.

Funding is the biggest headache faced by students wanting to continue their studies after their undergrad degree. Taught master's degrees no longer qualify for research council funding, and while some students manage to put together a funding package through scholarships and sponsorships, others are drawn to taking out a bank loan. But is this a good move? (...) - by Maya Oppenheim, The Guardian, 13 May 2014

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University staff frustrated by lack of jobs

University staff frustrated by lack of jobs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Guardian survey shows that university staff feel burdened by a heavy workload and lack of job opportunities.

 

University staff are frustrated by a lack of job opportunities, a Guardian survey has found.

Of more than 2,000 academics and administrative staff who responded to the survey about their working life, nearly two-thirds cite a lack of job opportunities as the biggest challenge to progressing in their careers.

More than half say that this single issue might make them leave their current institution. (...) - by Kim Thomas and Claire Shaw, The Guardian, 12 May 2014

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[Suisse] Cerveaux à vendre

[Suisse] Cerveaux à vendre | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Ces derniers jours, la presse s’est fait l’écho des liens toujours plus inextricables entre les universités et le monde de l’industrie. Un journaliste de la Wochenzeitung est en effet parvenu, après des années de combat, à se procurer les contrats signés avec les géants de la recherche. (...) - par Laura Drompt, Le Courrier, 12/05/2014

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Student Loans Rising An Overview of Causes, Consequences, and Policy Options

Rising student debt burdens can affect a variety of economic outcomes. For those enrolled in school, student loan debt may affect completion rates, choice of major, and student performance. Once students graduate, student debt can impact career choice and willingness to seek a graduate education. Lastly, student loan burdens can also affect financial decisions later in life, influencing decisions about home purchase and marriage. (...) - Economic studies at Brookings, mai 2014 via Sauvons l'Université !

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Les dépenses en R&D des organismes de recherche extra-universitaire allemands en hausse

Les dépenses en R&D des organismes de recherche extra-universitaire allemands en hausse | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Au cours de l'année 2012, les organismes de recherche extra-universitaire allemands ont investi près de 11,3 milliards d'euros en recherche et développement (R&D). Ce montant est en hausse de 300 millions d'euros par rapport aux résultats de 2011. Voilà le principal enseignement que livre la dernière édition de l'enquête annuelle de l'Office fédéral des statistiques (Destatis) [1].

Il apparaît tout d'abord que cette hausse se traduit en partie par une augmentation du nombre d'emplois, puisque les effectifs en R&D ont crû de 2,4%, pour atteindre 95 900 postes (équivalent temps plein). Ce chiffre n'était que de 93 700 en 2011. (...) - BE Allemagne 657, Les Bulletins Electroniques des Ambassades de France, 2014/04/30

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[Australia] Outraged students protest against budget impacts

[Australia] Outraged students protest against budget impacts | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Tens of thousands of university students held protests across Australia last Wednesday as outrage spread at the impact the federal budget would have in sharply increasing the cost of higher education. Dozens of students were arrested in Melbourne, Sydney and other cities when they held street marches, blocked traffic and tried to enter state parliaments. (...) - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 20 May 2014 Issue No:321

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[Irlande] Les visas scientifiques ou "fast-track visas" : un plus pour la collaboration scientifique

[Irlande] Les visas scientifiques ou "fast-track visas" : un plus pour la collaboration scientifique | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Une étude conduite par Horizon EU, le magazine de recherche et d'innovation européenne, permet de dresser un constat sur l'impact des "fast-track visas" en Irlande, mis en place depuis 2007. Ce programme vise à faciliter la venue des scientifiques étrangers dans les pays de l'Union Européenne. Plus de 300 chercheurs, ayant bénéficié ou encore bénéficiaires de ces visas, ont répondu aux questions de cette étude. (...) - BE Irlande 51, Les Bulletins Electroniques des Ambassades de France, 2014/05/19

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UK prize lets public decide on world's biggest science problem

UK prize lets public decide on world's biggest science problem | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Winning challenge will be focus of £10-million Longitude Prize fund.

 

What should be the next grand innovation challenge in science? That is the question being put to the British public today to help in awarding the £10-million (US$17-million) Longitude Prize, designed to help overcome one of the world’s most pressing scientific problems. (...) - by Katia Moskvitch, Nature, 19 May 2014

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Chinese agencies announce open-access policies

Chinese agencies announce open-access policies | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Researchers will now be required to make papers free to read within one year of publication.

China has officially joined the international push to make research papers free to read. On 15 May, the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), one of the country’s major basic-science funding agencies, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), which funds and conducts research at more than 100 institutions, announced that researchers they support should deposit their papers into online repositories and make them publicly accessible within 12 months of publication.(...) - by Richard Van Noorden, Nature, 19 May 2014

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How to Make College Affordable

How to Make College Affordable | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

As a successful and highly popular two-term governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels taught the Republican party valuable lessons in management, and he is now doing the same for academia as president of Purdue University. For the third year in a row, Purdue has frozen tuition rates. 


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Press release: Alain Beretz new Chair of LERU

Press release: Alain Beretz new Chair of LERU | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

As of 17 May 2014, Prof. Alain Beretz (President of the University of Strasbourg) is the new Chair of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). Elected by the LERU Rectors in November last year, Beretz takes over from Prof. Bernd Huber (President of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), who has been LERU’s Chair since 2008. (...) - LERU : League of European Research Universities, 17 May 2014

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UK: Universities receive record number of donations

UK: Universities receive record number of donations | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The number of donors giving to universities and of alumni giving back to higher education institutions has risen in the last year.

UK universities received a record number of donations in 2012-13, according to a survey of 136 higher education institutions.

The report, carried out every year by the Ross Group and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (Case), reveals a 23% increase in cash income for universities in 2012-13. (...) - by Abby Young-Powell and Michael Allen, The guardian,, 16 May 2014

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Australia shakes up science budget

Australia shakes up science budget | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Clean-energy agency axed and major funding cuts hit the government's science agency, while biomedical research celebrates gains.

The first budget announced by Australia’s conservative coalition government has polarized scientists.

While medical research is boosted, major cuts will see the abolition of  Australia's renewable-energy agency, as well as cuts and job losses amongst scientists at the government's science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). (...) - by David Cyranoski, Nature, 14 May 2014

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National University of Singapore tops Asian university league table

National University of Singapore tops Asian university league table | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Singapore and Korea stride up the QS rankings, while Hong Kong and Japan see their institutions take a tumble.

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has topped the QS Asian university rankings for the first time, rising from second place in last year's table.

Singapore's other large public university, the Nanyang Technologucal University, joins the NUS in the top ten, rising three places to be ranked seventh. (...) - by Lawrence Wakefield, The Guardian, 13 May 2014

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[Canada] Alex Usher is Wrong on Tuition Fees

One of Canada’s best-known post-secondary education pundits, Alex Usher, recently wrote a blog post suggesting that Canada’s status quo system of high tuition fees (and means-tested financial aid for students) is in fact progressive.  Specifically, he argued that lowering tuition fees would reward higher-income earners rather than lower-income earners.  Ergo:  no government that wants to help lower-income households should seriously consider trying to reduce tuition fees. (...) - by nick Falvo, Academic Matters, May 12th, 2014

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Spotlight on Women in Science with Professor Frances Ashcroft

Spotlight on Women in Science with Professor Frances Ashcroft | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

There is an incredible on-going effort to reduce the barriers that women in STEM subjects face, but with these interviews, Naturejobs hopes to show that when you put your mind to it, and follow your passions, anything is achievable.

We’re starting the series with Frances Ashcroft, a professor of physiology, and fellow of Trinity College of the University of Oxford. She’s got an infectious attitude to both life and science, which you can hear in her voice in the podcast. (...) - by Julie Gould, Naturejobs Blog, 12 May 2014

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How to get indexed by Google Scholar?

How to get indexed by Google Scholar? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Google Scholar is an 'invitation based search engine’, which means it index content cited by articles already indexed are included in the database. (...) - Blog Open Science, April 11, 2014


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Researchers are using different ways to find scientific articles for their work : free field-centered search engines (i.e. PubMed for life science) or services with subscriptions (like EBSCO, ProQuest, ...). Google Scholar is one of the most worlwide used. To be easily founded, researchers have to correctly indexed their articles. #research #science2dot0 #scientificpublications