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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] 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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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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[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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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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[Belgique] Le FNRS doit refuser 80% des projets de doctorat faute de moyens

[Belgique] Le FNRS doit refuser 80% des projets de doctorat faute de moyens | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Faute de moyens, le Fonds de la recherche scientifique (FNRS) doit refuser 4 projets de doctorat sur 5, rapportent mercredi La Libre Belgique et La Dernière Heure. Ce fonds finance une grande partie des chercheurs et de la recherche en Belgique francophone or il fait face à un manque de financement structurel. (...) - Le Vif, 27/09/2017

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Academics ‘could have to pay to quote’ under EU committee’s plan

Academics ‘could have to pay to quote’ under EU committee’s plan | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Europe’s funding councils oppose idea of requiring researchers to obtain a licence if they want to quote their colleagues or news articles (...) - Times Higher Education, by Davd Matthews, Sep 21, 2017

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U.K. science seeks ‘a new and special relationship with the EU’

U.K. science seeks ‘a new and special relationship with the EU’ | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Top science officials in United Kingdom hedge on the future relationship with European research programs


Two of the most influential figures in U.K. science were in Washington, D.C., this week, meeting with the directors of the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, among others. But their top priority was signing an agreement to support the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), which will be built in South Dakota and Illinois. It's the kind of international collaboration that the U.K. government is keen to nurture, as its impending exit from the European Union has injected many existing relationships with uncertainty. (...) - Science, by Meredith Wadman, Adrian Cho, Sep. 20, 2017

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Pay up or retract? Survey creator's demands for money rile some health researchers

Pay up or retract? Survey creator's demands for money rile some health researchers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Researchers asked to pay thousands to use copyrighted questionnaire that examines adherence to drug regimens (...) - Science, by Adam Marcus, 2018/09/13

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Faculty promotion must assess reproducibility

Research institutions should explicitly seek job candidates who can be frankly self-critical of their work, says Jeffrey Flier. (...) - Nature, by Jeffrey Flier, 12 September 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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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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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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Scientists plead with Brazilian government to restore funding

Scientists plead with Brazilian government to restore funding | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

If officials don't act soon, research institutions could start shutting down next year.


Anxiety is growing in Brazil over the country’s collapsing research budgets. President Michel Temer had slashed funding for science by 44% in March and has proposed additional decreases for 2018 — even as some science institutes run out of money for basic needs, such as paying electricity bills. The 2017 science budget, at 3.2 billion reais (US$1 billion), is the lowest the country has seen in at least 12 years.(...) - Nature, by Claudio Angelo, 04 October 2017

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[Belgique] Albert Corhay: «La concurrence entre universités a assez duré»

[Belgique] Albert Corhay: «La concurrence entre universités a assez duré» | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Devant les recteurs des autres universités francophones du pays, Albert Corhay plaide pour la collaboration. Il prône le partage des connaissances et des programmes. (...) - Le Soir, par Philippe Bodeux, 26/09/20171

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[Canada] Public backs higher funding for university research

[Canada] Public backs higher funding for university research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
The overwhelming majority of Canadians believes in the importance of university research for Canada’s future as an innovation leader, according to a new survey.  (...) - University World News, by Brendan O’Malley, 20 September 2017 Issue No:475
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[Swizerland] Vos témoignages sur le «Publish or perish»: stress, précarité, petits arrangements et grosse colère

[Swizerland] Vos témoignages sur le «Publish or perish»: stress, précarité, petits arrangements et grosse colère | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Vous avez été très nombreux à répondre à notre appel à témoigner dans le cadre de cette série d'articles. Voici quelques unes de vos réflexions sur la course à la publi. Edifiant (...) - Le Temps, 2017/09/19

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Les tricheurs de la science

Les tricheurs de la science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Ils devraient être des modèles de rigueur. Ils ont plutôt truqué leurs résultats, détourné des fonds, menti ou volé des écrits. Depuis cinq ans, près d’une centaine de scientifiques canadiens ont été punis pour malhonnêteté, révèlent des données obtenues par La Presse. Et ils sont de plus en plus nombreux à se faire prendre. (...) - La Presse+, Marie-Claire Malboeuf, 2017/09/12

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