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Research and development: Outsourcing trends

US contract research organizations are multiplying to meet drug-makers' outsourcing needs.

 

US drug-makers are outsourcing more and more of their research and development, mainly to contract research organizations, according to figures released in July by the US National Science Foundation (NSF). The shift could be good news for researchers seeking positions in industry. In 1991, pharmaceutical companies spent about US$800 million on external research and development, but that skyrocketed to $13 billion in 2011, says John Jankowski, head of research and development statistics at the NSF. That growth outstrips that of any other sector. In 1991, industrial extramural research spending totalled $3.3 billion, but by 2011, spending had risen to $25.3 billion for domestic companies alone. Pharmaceutical firms' share of that total was 23% in 1991, but ballooned to 51% by 2011. Jankowski says that much of the increase comes from the outsourcing of clinical trials. The number of US contract research organizations has risen to match the demand, from around 800 in 2000 to more than 3,100 by the end of 2011, according to the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development in Boston, Massachusetts. - Nature 512, 106, 06 August 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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UK: Low PhD stipends are recruitment 'time bomb'

Warnings have been issued about the future recruitment of British PhD students after the director of a doctoral training centre said he was struggling to recruit because of research council funding cuts, writes Holly Else for Times Higher Education.

Paul Weaver, director of an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council centre for doctoral training at the University of Bristol, said that the resulting low levels of pay for PhD students could not compete with graduate salaries in engineering. (...) - Times higher Education via University World News, 02 May 2014 Issue No:318

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Former German Minister Drops Her Fight to Reclaim Ph.D.

Former German Minister Drops Her Fight to Reclaim Ph.D. | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Annette Schavan says court ruling is final step in plagiarism case.

BERLIN—Former German Education and Research Minister Annette Schavan is giving up her fight to keep her Ph.D. title, she announced today on her website. It marks the end of one of the most hotly debated plagiarism cases here in recent years. (...) - by Kai Kupferschmidt, Science, 10 April 2014

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Why are there so few women tenured professors?

Why are there so few women tenured professors? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Sheryl Sandberg asks: "Why are there so few women leaders.", and in academia, we wonder: "Why are there so few women tenured professors?".

I'm not qualified to give an answer to this question - and the answer itself is rather complex. But nonetheless, I think we need to ask this question, out and loud - and challenge the status quo. (...) - PhD Talk, by Sheryl Sandberg, March 2, 2014

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US faculties: Inequalities at work

Policy reform needed to boost numbers of minority female science-faculty members.

Women of colour comprised 5.7% of US science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) academic faculty members with doctorates in 2010, a report says; white men made up 58%. Accelerating Change for Women Faculty of Color in STEMadds that the low numbers and restricted advancement of minority women on STEM faculties limit innovation and role models. It notes that university leadership should value diversity, but women of colour must cut time spent on committee service and mentoring, learn how job duties count towards tenure and pay rises, and welcome help, says Barbara Gault, co-author of the report and vice-president of the non-profit Institute for Women's Policy Research in Washington DC. - Nature 504, 179, 04 December 2013

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[Postdocs] La Suède, modèle social ? Je vais vous raconter l’enfer du locataire

[Postdocs] La Suède, modèle social ? Je vais vous raconter l’enfer du locataire | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Je suis actuellement, et depuis début janvier, en post-doctorat en chimie à l’université d’Uppsala, en Suède (à 60 km au nord de Stockholm) au laboratoire Ångström.

Je vis dans moins de 20m⊃2;, dans un « appartement » comportant une pièce principale, une micro-cuisine, des toilettes, deux lavabos mais pas de douche : je la partage – type douche de vestiaire de sport – avec cinq autres locataires de l’immeuble dans le même cas que moi. Cette douche est située au sous-sol de l’immeuble. (...) - Rue89, par Bernardin, 20/09/2013

 

 

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[Australia] Half the nation’s PhD holders are from overseas

[Australia] Half the nation’s PhD holders are from overseas | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

In the 1850s, Chinese immigrants referred to the Australian gold fields as Xin Jin Shan, the New Gold Mountain, whereas the Californian gold rush was in decline and had become known as Jiu Jin Shan, the Old Gold Mountain. In the 21st century, a new group of Chinese has come to Australia seeking the gold that is linked to obtaining a degree.

Although universities in many Western countries are enrolling increasing numbers of Chinese, few could match the proportionate flood into Australian higher education, where the offspring of parents in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore now number more than 150,000.(...) - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 18 May 2013 Issue No:272

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South Africa: Three universities pilot doctoral supervision course

An innovative course that aims to produce a new generation of doctoral supervisors kicked off this year at three South African universities. The plan is to roll out the free course to other universities to raise the country’s PhD output.

The seven-week course was piloted at Rhodes University, the University of Fort Hare and Durban University of Technology. (...) - University World News, by Ishmael Tongai, 04 May 2013, Issue No:270

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UK: Postgraduate students face funding gap

UK: Postgraduate students face funding gap | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Rising tuition fees means postgraduates think twice about continuing their studies.

 

The near trebling of the cost of undergraduate degrees in England this academic year has made some postgraduate fees seem almost bargain basement by comparison. So what have universities done? They have started to raise them. (...) - by Liz Lightfoot, The Guardian, Wednesday 6 March 2013

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Why are many academics on short-term contracts for years?

Why are many academics on short-term contracts for years? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

More than a third of academics are on temporary contracts as universities casualise their workforces (...) - The Guardian via Collectif PAPERA | Monday 4 February 2013 | by Anna Fazackerley

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Francis Collins: Changes at the NIH : Naturejobs

Francis Collins: Changes at the NIH : Naturejobs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Director lays out workforce initiatives geared towards early-career scientists.

 

For years, the US National Institutes of Health has struggled with promoting non-academic career tracks for biomedical scientists, gauging the supply of PhD holders and demand for research jobs, enticing under-represented minorities into science and establishing funding avenues for early-career researchers. Hoping to bring some evidence-based clarity to these issues, NIH director Francis Collins asked two working groups of the NIH Advisory Committee to study the issues and make recommendations. They released their recommendations in two reports in June; Collins responded in December. (...) - by Gene Russo, Naturejobs, Nature 493, 443-444 (2013)

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NIH Offers to Help Universities Improve Training, Boost Diversity

Biomedical Careers - Although some social scientists and biomedical researchers have complained that U.S. universities are training far more graduate students and postdocs than will ever find jobs in academic research, and others argue that any potential oversupply will find jobs in industry or other sectors, almost everyone agrees: The current training system takes too long and isn't designed to prepare young biomedical scientists for nonacademic jobs. So last week, the National Institutes of Health announced a plan to prepare scientists for a range of careers, move students through their Ph.D.s faster, and bolster the pay of postdocs. Officials say the changes are not aimed at reducing or even stabilizing the number of graduates but are intended to improve the training experience. (...) Science, Vol. 338 no. 6113 p. 1405 , by Jocelyn Kaiser, 14 December 2012
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The View From Both Sides of the Track

The View From Both Sides of the Track | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

How tenure-track faculty members can do more to help in the contingent-labor crisis.

 

While in the middle of my Ph.D. studies, I was on my way back to La Guardia airport after a conference when I had a long discussion with a cab driver. It turned out that he had been a medical doctor in his home country but his qualifications were not recognized in the United States. He had no choice but to find any job he could to make ends meet, even though he had worked as a specialist in pediatric care for years. I remember feeling immense frustration for the waste of his gifts and knowledge. (...) - by Andrea Witzke Slot, The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 18, 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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Australia: Young researchers YouTube their work

Each year at its annual conference, the Australian Cooperative Research Centres, or CRC, Association holds a "Showcasing Early Career Researchers" session.

This year for the CRC Association's Innovating with Asia 2014 conference in Perth in May*, 48 researchers - two years out from submitting their PhD to five years after submitting - braved the cameras and shot a 30-second video explaining the topic of their research, what they have done and what it means. (...)  - University World News, 18 April 2014 Issue No:316

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Save Fulbright from an unprecedented $ 30 million cut

Save Fulbright from an unprecedented $ 30 million cut | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
The US Congress has started its deliberations.
Ask Congress NOW to #SaveFulbright by restoring the $ 30 million for the Fulbright Program to the federal budget.
All alums, friends, and supporters of the Fulbright Program are encouraged to sign and share this petition!
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Young scientists globally need more funding, resources

Early career scientists have the intellectual ability needed to develop strong national research and innovation systems, but funding shortages and lack of resources and support are major obstacles hindering their careers, says a report by the Global Young Academy.

The academy, which brings together early career scientists to discuss global research issues and work on international projects, released a pilot reportof their Global State of Young Scientists, or GloSYS, project last month at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. (...) - University World News, by Munyaradzi Makoni, 07 February 2014 Issue No:306

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How Academia Resembles a Drug Gang

How Academia Resembles a Drug Gang | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

In 2000, economist Steven Levitt and sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh published an article in the Quarterly Journal of Economics about the internal wage structure of a Chicago drug gang. This piece would later serve as a basis for a chapter in Levitt’s (and Dubner’s) best seller Freakonomics. The title of the chapter, “Why drug dealers still live with their moms”, was based on the finding that the income distribution within gangs was extremely skewed in favor  of those at the top, while the rank-and-file street sellers earned even less than employees in legitimate low-skilled activities, let’s say at McDonald’s. They calculated 3.30 dollars as the hourly rate, that is, well below a living wage (that’s why they still live with their moms). (....) - Blog of Alexandre Afonso, November 21, 2013

 

 

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BioTechAndBeyond : catalyseur d"innovation en biotechnologie

BioTechAndBeyond : catalyseur d"innovation en biotechnologie | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Tout l'été, 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 était cette semaine dans les environs de San Diego, au centre d'innovation en biotechnologie BioTechAndBeyond. Première étape de ce "Voyage au cœur de l’OpenScience". (...) - EducPros, par Célya Gruson-Daniel, 19.07.2013 (MAJ 26/07/2013)

 

 

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Jorge Cham: The Overeducated Cartoonist

Jorge Cham: The Overeducated Cartoonist | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Jorge Cham got his introduction to cartoons as a child in Panama. His parents were engineers who worked on the Panama Canal. When an American family they knew moved away, they left behind a big box of comics, including Archie, Richie Rich and Peanuts. (...) - by By Gene Maddaus Wed., LA Weekly blogs, May 15 2013

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Examen de conscience pour les universités allemandes

La majorité des universités de recherche du monde occidental ont été créées sur le modèle de l’Allemand Wilhem von Humbold : liberté académique et recherche scientifique au cœur de l’enseignement supérieur.

Un article du Chronicle of Higher Education, publié le 25 février dernier, nous apprend que les Allemands accordent une grande importance au titre de Ph.D., car ce titre est synonyme de mérite personnel, une preuve de détermination, de volonté et de persévérance pour mener à terme des études de haut niveau sur un sujet spécifique. (...) - Blog L’éveilleur, Mars 8, 2013

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Lancement d'un Centre de recherche pour des scientifiques africains

Lancement d'un Centre de recherche pour des scientifiques africains | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Luanda - Les Universités "Agostinho Neto" (Angola), Newcastle (Royaume Uni) et l'ONG Institut Planet Earth (PEI) comptent lancer prochainement un Centre pionnier de Recherche de Doctorat pour la durabilité, à Luanda, en Angola. (...) Angola Press, 05/03/2013

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University Revokes German Research Minister's Doctorate

University Revokes German Research Minister's Doctorate | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The German minister for education and research finds herself this evening with no university degree. After a long-running investigation into accusations of plagiarism in Annette Schavan's 1980 Ph.D. dissertation, the University of Duesseldorf today revoked the German minister's doctoral degree (link in German). Because Schavan completed her Ph.D. on an accelerated program, she did not earn any other university degree.  (...) - ScienceInsider, by Gretchen Vogel on 5 February 2013

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#overlyhonestmethods is the PostSecret of the science world, and it is amazing

#overlyhonestmethods is the PostSecret of the science world, and it is amazing | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Yesterday, a neuroscience postdoc by the name of Leigh started a hashtag on twitter called #overlyhonestmethods. Then came the confessions. Have you ever conducted scientific research?
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