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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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En Angleterre, les entreprises aiment les littéraires

En Angleterre, les entreprises aiment les littéraires | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

En Angleterre, les recruteurs s'intéressent nettement plus aux diplômes d'études littéraires qu'en France. Une enquête inédite de l'université d'Oxford vient d'en apporter la preuve. (...) - Nouvel Obs, par Patrick Fauconnier, 05/09/2013

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Coursera : la start-up californienne qui monte dans le monde de l'éducation

Coursera : la start-up californienne qui monte dans le monde de l'éducation | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

oursera, la plateforme de Mooc’s (les cours universitaires gratuits en ligne), connaît une croissance fulgurante. En un peu plus d'un an, quelque 4,3 millions d'étudiants se sont inscrits sur ce site. De quoi, pour les deux fondateurs, imaginer tous les développements possibles.(...) - Francetv, par Pierre Magnan, 04/09/2013

 

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Lettre d'adieu » d'une chercheuse espagnole à Mariano Rajoy : Redonnez sa dignité à la communauté des chercheurs !

 « Redonnez-moi ma dignité de chercheuse, et si ce n'est pas trop
demander, redonnez sa dignité à l'ensemble de la communauté des
chercheurs d'Espagne - s'il vous plaît sans oublier les sciences
humaines. » C'est en ces termes que s'adresse l'astrophysicienne
espagnole Amaya Moro-Martin au Premier ministre espagnol Mariano Rajoy.
Revenue en 2008 après 10 ans aux États-Unis pour prendre un poste au
Conseil national de la recherche espagnol à la faveur d'une bourse
destinée au « retour » des talents partis à l'étranger, elle s'apprête,
faute d'y être titularisée comme s'y engageait son contrat, à
prendre un nouveau poste à la Nasa aux États-Unis. Publiée dans le
quotidien espagnol « El Pais » sa « lettre d'adieu » a généré plus
de 2 000 commentaires et plus de 75 000 « likes » sur le réseau social
Facebook, avant de paraître dans le quotidien britannique « The Guardian
».(...) - AEF, par Anne Roy, 30/08/2013

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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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Les universités du Maghreb se concertent

L’agence universitaire de la francophonie (AUF) organise aujourd’hui à partir de 10h, à l’université Constantine 1, une rencontre des recteurs et présidents des universités et des directeurs des grandes écoles et autres institutions d’enseignement supérieur maghrébines, membres de l’AUF, à savoir l’Algérie, la Tunisie et le Maroc. (...) - El Watan, 02/09/2013

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Sequestration Has Nearly 20 Percent of Scientists Contemplating Moving Overseas

Sequestration Has Nearly 20 Percent of Scientists Contemplating Moving Overseas | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON -- New data compiled by a coalition of top scientific and medical research groups show that a large majority of scientists are receiving less federal help than they were three years ago, despite spending far more time writing grants in search of it. Nearly one-fifth of scientists are considering going overseas to continue their research because of the poor funding climate in America. (...) - by Sam Stein, HuffingtonPost, 0829/3013

 

 

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A Chemical Imbalance

A Chemical Imbalance | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A Chemical Imbalance is a short documentary which celebrates female scientists and looks at why women are still so under-represented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics).

Highlighting some of the challenges still faced by women, A Chemical Imbalance warns that unconscious bias is perhaps our next biggest obstacle, and that much more needs to be done to achieve parity between the sexes. Unhelpful perceptions, child-care demands and achieving critical mass are just some of the issues explored.

A film by Siri Rødnes & Marie Lidén.

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Cambridge, Fraunhofer, Max Planck, CNRS, Universités catholiques de Louvain : l'excellence et l'inventivité des centres européens de recherche

Cambridge, Fraunhofer, Max Planck, CNRS, Universités catholiques de Louvain : l'excellence et l'inventivité des centres européens de recherche | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Cambridge, Fraunhofer, Max Planck, CNRS, Universités catholiques de Louvain... voici cinq exemples de centres européens de recherche d'excellence. (...) - Par Office Européen des Brevets, Les Echos, 04/07/2013

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Vers la fusion des universités marocaines proches géographiquement

Vers la fusion des universités marocaines proches géographiquement | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le ministère marocain de l’enseignement supérieur envisage de procéder au fusionnement d’universités proches géographiquement et la création de pôles regroupant les écoles d’ingénieurs aux niveaux des régions, a appris APA de source officielle. (...) - APA news, 28/08/2013

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If we're going to compete, we need multilingual graduates

If we're going to compete, we need multilingual graduates | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The big issue: Universities need to address the crisis in language teaching creatively and urgently.

The reported decline of language teaching in higher education is very worrying ("Language teaching crisis as 40% of university departments face closure", News). Universities need to think creatively about language provision in their institutions.(...) - The Observer via the guardian,Sunday 25 August 2013

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[Belgique] Chercheurs universitaires: pour exister, il faut publier

[Belgique] Chercheurs universitaires: pour exister, il faut publier | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Pour définir quelles sont les meilleures universités du monde, les classements tiennent compte du nombre de publications scientifiques. Voilà qui augmente -un peu plus encore- la pression sur les chercheurs, surtout les plus jeunes d’entre eux. (...) - RTBF, 26/08/2013

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[Sénégal] Enseignement supérieur : Le Saes menace de paralyser le système

[Sénégal] Enseignement supérieur : Le Saes menace de paralyser le système | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le Syndicat autonome des enseignants du supérieur (Saes) sort de sa réserve après le Conseil présidentiel. Et c’est pour annoncer des plans d’actions et un mémorandum. L’Etat est interpelé sur un ton menaçant : « sans le respect du protocole signé en mars 2011, pas de paix au sein de l’espace universitaire ». (...) - Le Soleil, 23/08/2013

 

 

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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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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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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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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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South Africa: Uses of open data in higher education governance

There has been phenomenal growth in government data on the internet, with an estimated more than a million datasets posted online by governments. The boom has major implications for university governance – but different types of data have varying degrees of impact on diverse levels of governance.

The open data boom – driven by advocacy groups, and public funding agencies, as well as hackers and developers – opens up opportunities for improving the transparency of higher education governance and providing evidence to inform policy, says Francois van Schalkwyk, a researcher at the Centre for Higher Education Transformation, or CHET, in Cape Town. (...)  - University World News, 31 August 2013 Issue No:285

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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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Just thinking about science triggers moral behavior

Just thinking about science triggers moral behavior | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Psychologists find deep connection between scientific method and morality.

Public opinion towards science has made headlines over the past several years for a variety of reasons — mostly negative. High profile cases of academic dishonesty and disputes over funding have left many questioning the integrity and societal value of basic science, while accusations of politically motivated research fly from left and right. There is little doubt that science is value-laden. Allegiances to theories and ideologies can skew the kinds of hypotheses tested and the methods used to test them. These, however, are errors in the application of the method, not the method itself. In other words, it’s possible that public opinion towards science more generally might be relatively unaffected by the misdeeds and biases of individual scientists. In fact, given the undeniable benefits scientific progress yielded, associations with the process of scientific inquiry may be quite positive. (...) - by Piercarlo Valdesolo, 27 August 2013

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Universities are crucial spaces to foster capabilities for the formation of social citizens in times of growing inequality

Universities are crucial spaces to foster capabilities for the formation of social citizens in times of growing inequality | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The value of the university cannot be reduced to a monetised figure. By drawing from human development discourse and the capabilities approach, Melanie Walker argues the university can be re-imagined in terms of its commitment to individual freedoms, social citizenship formation and social change. The university should have an active role, engaged in local and global spaces, to foster and support a just and sustainable society. (...) Blog LSE "impacto of Social sciences", July 4, 2013

 

 

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Two Heads are Better than One: The Importance of Collaboration in Research

As scientists, we are all working toward the same end goal: to cure human disease. With such a lofty goal ahead of us, there is no time for researchers to stand alone as islands. (...) - by Jennifer Lamberts, Huffington Post, 23/08/2013

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Au cœur d'un institut de recherche OpenScience avec l'Institute for Systems Biology

Au cœur d'un institut de recherche OpenScience avec l'Institute for Systems Biology | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Lors d'un séjour itinérant de deux mois aux États-Unis, HackYourPhD vous invite à découvrir, sous forme de cartes postales numériques, les initiatives et les lieux innovants qui réinventent le monde de la recherche d'aujourd'hui. Cofondatrice du projet, Célya Gruson-Daniel nous ouvre ici les portes de l'Institute for System Biology de Seattle. (...) - EducPros, Célya Gruson-Daniel, 28.08.2013
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Libéria: aucun étudiant n'a réussi l'examen d'entrée

Libéria: aucun étudiant n'a réussi l'examen d'entrée | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Tous les étudiants qui se sont présentés à l’examen d’entrée de l’une des deux universités publiques au Libéria ont raté. Pas un seul ne pourra s’inscrire en première année d’étude. (...) - RTBF, 27/08/2013

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Opinion: Should Science Be for Sale?

Opinion: Should Science Be for Sale? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The increasing push to commercialize research is destroying the scientific community.

 

I was born in the USSR and now work as a postdoc at University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. Once, my PI and I were returning to a hotel after dinner with our collaborators in a different UK city, where one of the postdocs had the same post-Soviet background as me. My boss commented that there seems to be a lot of people of Soviet extraction working in Western science and joked that we are close to taking over it. I replied that he doesn’t have to worry; the supply of Soviet scientists is gone, never to be replaced. (...) - The Scientist Magazine, by Victoria Doronina, August 20, 2013

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