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La délocalisation des universités, une stratégie adaptée au milieu?

L'Université de Sherbrooke à Longueuil, l'Université du Québec à Rimouski à Lévis, l'Université de Montréal à Laval... Toutes ces institutions multiplient leurs sites d'activité, allant parfois s'installer à quelques pas les unes des autres. Certains y voient une saine concurrence qui répond à des besoins réels, d'autres y perçoivent le symptôme d'une dérive dans la gestion des universités. Nous faisons le point sur ce débat à quelques jours de la troisième rencontre préparatoire au sommet sur la gouvernance des universités québécoises. (...) - Radio-Canada.ca, 13/01/2013

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Does research evaluation in the sciences have a gender problem? What do altmetrics tell us?

Does research evaluation in the sciences have a gender problem? What do altmetrics tell us? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Many measures used for research evaulation, such as citations or research output, are hindered by an implicit gender bias. Stacy Konkiel examines whether or not altmetrics, which track how research is discussed, shared, reviewed, and reused by other researchers and the public, might be better suited to help understand the influence of research in a more gender-balanced way. Findings suggest that while men’s work may be talked about more in the first year after publication, over time female lead-authored papers eventually get more than their due. (...) - Blog LSE 'Impact of Social Sciences', by Stacy Konkiel, 2017/11/02

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Pay for US postdocs varies wildly by institution

Pay for US postdocs varies wildly by institution | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Analysis of universities' salary data suggests major disparities in pay for early-career researchers. (...) - Nature, by Chris Woolston, 01 Nov 2017

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University systems allow sexual harassers to thrive

University systems allow sexual harassers to thrive | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

It's time for academic institutions to take responsibility for protecting students and staff, says Laurel Issen. (...) - Nature, by Laurel Issen, 01 Nov 2017

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Could postdoc unions be the next big thing in collective bargaining among academics?

Could postdoc unions be the next big thing in collective bargaining among academics? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Could postdoc unions be the next big thing in collective bargaining among academics? Recent filing at University of Washington could be beginning of a new round of organizing. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Colleen Flaherty, Oct 31 2017

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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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[Malaysia] Universities’ crippling cuts are partially reversed

After two years of suffocating budgets cuts, Malaysia’s public universities finally have a little breathing space. The 2018 Budget announced last week increased the operating budgets for Malaysia’s 20 public universities by 9.8% for the coming year to MYR6.7 billion (US$1.6 billion). This hike partially reverses the crippling cuts of 19% in the budget for this year and 16% for last year. (...) - University World News, by Anil Netto, 02 November 2017 Issue No:481
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'We can't compete': why universities are losing their best AI scientists

'We can't compete': why universities are losing their best AI scientists | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A handful of companies are luring away top researchers, but academics say they are killing the geese that lay the golden eggs (...) - The Guardian, by Ian Sample, 1 Nov 2017

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Reshaping the tenure and promotion process so that it becomes a catalyst for innovative and invigorating scholarship

Reshaping the tenure and promotion process so that it becomes a catalyst for innovative and invigorating scholarship | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The metrics used to identify excellence, and on which current tenure and promotion decisions are based, have become a barrier to more exciting and innovative scholarship. Christopher P. Long suggests an overhaul of tenure and promotion practices, advocating a holistic approach in which structured mentoring plays a key role and values-based metrics that will empower faculty to tell more textured stories about the impact of their work are developed. A mentoring framework that identifies horizons, milestones, and stepping stones will enable faculty to chart their own individual pathways to intellectual leadership. Meanwhile, an approach such as that taken by the HuMetricsHSS initiative can identify and explore indicators of excellence embedded across a wide spectrum of scholarly objects and a diversity of practices.(...) - Blog LSE 'Impact of Social Science', par Christopher P. Long, 01/11/2017

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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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