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USA: Contest to Lead Congressional Science Panel Heats Up

USA: Contest to Lead Congressional Science Panel Heats Up | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The contest to become the next chair of the U.S. House of Representative's Committee on Science, Space, and Technology enters its stretch run this week. The process begins with House Republicans picking their party's leaders for the 113th Congress that convenes in January. Later this month, the House Republican Steering Committee—a group of about three dozen party leaders—will put forth its choices to lead the House's 21 permanent committees, a list that is normally rubber-stamped by the full Republican caucus.

 

Today, ScienceInsider takes a closer look at the three veteran politicians running to become chair of the science panel: Representatives Lamar Smith (R-TX), F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-WI), and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA).

 

- Read a statement from Smith http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2012/11/representative-lamar-smith-i-wil.html

- Read a Q&A with Sensenbrenner http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2012/11/representative-f-james-sensenbre.html

- Read a Q&A with Rohrabacher http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2012/11/representative-dana-rohrabacher-.html

 

- ScienceInsider, by David Malakoff on 15 November 2012

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A crack in the wall: French scientists explore novel employment model beyond academia

A crack in the wall: French scientists explore novel employment model beyond academia | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Working as part of a cooperative offers a balance of independence and security (...) - Science, by Elisabeth Pain, Oct 30 2017

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‘World-class universities’ – The accountability gap

It is interesting to see the ‘world-class university’ wrestling with some of the tensions that exist when they try to justify themselves on anything more than their own excellence. The original model proposed by Jamil Salmi a decade ago was valued for its ability to bring prestige to the host country through its research excellence and talent attraction rather than being valued for its wider public benefits. (...) - University World News, by Paul Benneworth27 October 2017 Issue No:480
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Swiss university dissolves astronomy institute after misconduct allegations

Swiss university dissolves astronomy institute after misconduct allegations | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Professor accused of mistreating students


In August, ETH Zurich in Switzerland quietly dissolved its institute for astronomy. Today it launched an official investigation into allegations that led to its closure: that a leading professor there mistreated graduate students for more than a decade, while the administration ignored complaints against her. The professor’s spouse had been head of the institute. (...) - Science, by Gretchen Vogel, Oct 26 2017

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[US] Wait for Trump's science adviser breaks modern-era record

[US] Wait for Trump's science adviser breaks modern-era record | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Top White House science job stays empty more than nine months after president took office. (...) - Nature, by Lauren Morello, 24 Oct 2017

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French scientists in uproar over changes to medical-research clusters

French scientists in uproar over changes to medical-research clusters | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Biomedical-research agency accused of attempting to undermine autonomy of university–hospital groups. (...) - Nature, by Barbara Casassus, 24 Oct 2017

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In Brazil, researchers struggle to fend off deepening budget cuts

In Brazil, researchers struggle to fend off deepening budget cuts | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Federal spending on science has dropped by half in 5 years


With time and money running out, Brazilian scientists are turning up the pressure on the federal government to avoid a total collapse of the national science and technology funding system before the end of the year. (...) - Science, by Herton Escobar, Oct 20, 2017

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The importance of having a new mind-set after earning tenure (essay)

The importance of having a new mind-set after earning tenure (essay) | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The mind-sets that helped you gain tenure can silently undermine your success afterward if you don’t identify and shift them, warns Kerry Ann Rockquemore. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Kerry Ann Rockmore, Oct 18 2017

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Japanese research leaders warn about national science decline

Japanese research leaders warn about national science decline | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Concern mounts over budget cuts and other changes that undermine basic science. (...) - Nature, by Nicky Phillips, 17 October 2017

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How You Can Help Fight Sexual Harassment and Discrimination in Science Right Now

How You Can Help Fight Sexual Harassment and Discrimination in Science Right Now | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Yesterday, many of our friends and peers started sharing a simple message on social media: “me, too.” The message is from anyone who has faced sexual harassment and sexual assault. If it wasn’t clear already, sexual violence, especially sexual violence against women, is rampant. 500 Women Scientists is committed to fighting harassment in science and empowering women and their allies with tools and resources to fight back. (...) - Medium, by 500 Woman Scientists, Oct 16 2017

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[Suisse] Sexisme: l’Université veut reconnaître ses failles

[Suisse] Sexisme: l’Université veut reconnaître ses failles | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Lors du Dies academicus placé sous le signe du courage, le recteur a prôné une tolérance zéro envers le harcèlement. (...) - La Tribune de Genève, 13/10/2017

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[USA] NSF drops preproposals, deadlines for biologists seeking funding

[USA] NSF drops preproposals, deadlines for biologists seeking funding | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Pilot program to lighten workload ends after mixed reviews from scientists and staff


The National Science Foundation (NSF) will no longer require biologists applying for grants to submit preproposals and to adhere to an annual deadline for submissions. The changes pull the plug on a 5-year pilot project in two NSF divisions—and mark the agency’s latest attempt to reduce the burden of the grant review system on its staff and outside researchers without lowering its standards.(...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, Oct 11, 2017

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[Belgique] Professeur(e) d’université : un sport de combat !

[Belgique] Professeur(e) d’université : un sport de combat ! | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Concurrence, compétition, rentabilité, urgence... Voici quelques-uns des maîtres-mots qui rythment aujourd’hui la vie des corps académique, scientifique et administratif de l’alma mater. Et, par ricochet, la vie des étudiants. La « managérialisation » de l’université est en marche (...) - Revue Démocratie, par Anne-Emmanuelle Bourgaux, 05/10/2017

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Scientists have most impact when they're free to move

Scientists have most impact when they're free to move | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

An analysis of researchers' global mobility reveals that limiting the circulation of scholars will damage the scientific system, say Cassidy R. (...) - Nature, by Cassidy R. Sugimoto, 2017/10/04

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[Madagascar] Au bord de la faillite - Les Universités publiques crient à l’aide

[Madagascar] Au bord de la faillite - Les Universités publiques crient à l’aide | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les étudiants et le personnel administratif et financier des universités publiques de Madagascar risquent d’être privés respectivement de leurs bourses d’études et de leurs salaires du fait du manque de ressources pour faire tourner les universités. En effet, la situation dans la quasi-totalité des universités publiques serait des plus inquiétantes, à entendre les plaintes des responsables au niveau de ces institutions. Les universités publiques vont mal. (...) - La Vérité, par L.A., 27/10/2017

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Science writing: On what's neither clear nor obvious

This is a friendly suggestion to colleagues across all scientific disciplines to think twice about ever again using the words 'obviously' and 'clearly' in scientific and technical writing. These words are largely unhelpful, particularly to students, who may be counterproductively discouraged if what is described is not in fact obvious or clear to them. (...) - Nature, by Eric G. Blackman, Oct 26 2017

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[US] Key legislator tells Trump officials to back off on proposed overhead spending cap for NIH

[US] Key legislator tells Trump officials to back off on proposed overhead spending cap for NIH | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

House Republican says cap on indirect costs would be unreasonable and ultimately destructive (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, Oct 25 2017

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[Belgique] Enseignement supérieur 2030 : Préparer l’avenir plutôt que le prévoir. Rapport du Collège d'experts extérieurs

[Belgique] Enseignement supérieur 2030 : Préparer l’avenir plutôt que le prévoir. Rapport du Collège d'experts extérieurs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Comment l’enseignement supérieur en Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles peut-il se préparer pour l’horizon 2030 ? C’est sur cette question qu’a planché le collège d’experts extérieurs mandaté par l’ARES en mars 2016. Leurs travaux ont été conduits en duo par le français Jean-Pierre Finance, ex-président de la Consférence des présidents d'université (CPU) et recteur honoraire de l’Université Henri Poincaré de Nancy, et par le recteur de l’Université de sciences appliquées de Mannheim (Allemagne), Dieter Leonhard. Quelles sont leurs conclusions ? Ils nous livrent leurs principaux éléments d’analyse et dévoilent plusieurs aspects des 18 mesures proposées pour « faire face aux enjeux de demain ».  (...) - ARES, 24/10/2017

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[US] NIH-funded network struggles to use mentoring to foster diversity

[US] NIH-funded network struggles to use mentoring to foster diversity | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The National Research Mentoring Network tries to overcome missteps and obstacles


Rachel Ezieme expected to become a physician when she entered the University of Massachusetts in Boston in 2011. But by her junior year she had dropped plans to go to medical school and was looking for a way to meld her interests in biology, public health, and community activism. That’s when one of her professors suggested she check out the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN). “I’d always been interested in science, but I wasn’t sure what that might lead to,” Ezieme says.(...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, Oct 24 2017

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[Australia] Senate rejects government’s university spending cuts

The Australian Senate on Thursday rejected federal government plans to slash AU$2.8 billion (US$2.2 billion) from its grants to universities in a decision that knocks a gaping hole in its annual budget. (...) - - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 19 October 2017 Issue No:479
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New study pushes back on decades of studies suggesting that scientific productivity peaks early and declines thereafter

New study pushes back on decades of studies suggesting that scientific productivity peaks early and declines thereafter | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

New study pushes back on decades of studies suggesting that scientific productivity peaks early and declines thereafter. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Colleen Flaherty, Oct 18  2017

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New simulation study says peer review is better at assuring quality than random publication choices, but that some systems of review are better than others

New simulation study says peer review is better at assuring quality than random publication choices, but that some systems of review are better than others | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

New simulation study says peer review is better at assuring quality research than random publication choices, but some systems of review are significantly better than others. Editors seen as more effective than peer-review panels alone. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Colleen Flaherty, Oct 16 2017

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Academic Freedom Reconsidered

Academic Freedom Reconsidered | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Universities are at risk of becoming ideological battlegrounds rather than communities of free inquiry. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by reisberg@gmail.com, Oct 15, 2017

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Academe’s Prestige Problem

Academe’s Prestige Problem | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Professors and aspiring professors are complicit in perpetuating a rigged system.


As an elementary-school student, I learned never to judge a book by its cover. As a professional academic, I’ve learned the opposite. What’s worse, I’ve learned to judge people by the covers (and colophons) of their books. (...) - The Chronicle of Higher Education, by Maximilien Alvarez, Octo 12 2017

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[Kenya] University shuts down indefinitely over student protests

The University of Nairobi, Kenya’s largest and oldest institution of higher learning, has been shut indefinitely following student unrest over allegations of police brutality. The closure was announced on 3 October by the university’s Director of Corporate Affairs John Orindi, who said the decision was taken by the Senate due to security concerns. He said details on the reopening of the institution would be forthcoming.  (...) - University World News, by Gilbert Nakweya, 06 October 2017 Issue No:477
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Open countries have strong science

Open countries have strong science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Caroline S. Wagner and Koen Jonkers find a clear correlation between a nation's scientific influence and the links it fosters with foreign researchers. (...) - Nature, by Caroline S. Wagner & Koen Jonkers, 04 October 2017

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