26 novembre 2013

University research relies on industry - Private funds attract money from government

By Dave Waddell. A recent Canadian Association of University Teachers' report expresses concerns about the growing role of private industry in funding university research, but the incentives and potential benefits of such partnerships ensure they'll only become more commonplace. 
"There is a lot of incentive to have money from industry partners," said Dr. Tricia Carmichael, an associate professor in chemistry who is part of a group doing research in bendable electronics at the University of Windsor. More...

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A case for principal investigators as independent contractors

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/BlogTheBlackHole.pngBy Jonathan Thon. In my previous blog post, I highlighted the fact that despite their academic laurels, publically funded research institutes are no less aware of their bottom line and profit margins, and no less risk-averse, than private businesses. The problem is that while research departments are run like corporations, few principal investigators see themselves as small business owners. The result is a clear lack of push-back from academic faculty against institutional policies that ultimately take advantage of the basic research lab. More...

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Poor Choices

By Melonie Fullick. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the job market, poverty, and the assumptions we make when we talk about people’s choices, partly because recently I’ve seen two excellent and provocative posts about this. The first is from Tressie McMillan Cottom on “The logic of stupid poor people”, a post that discusses how expensive status symbols (like a $2,500 handbag) act as powerful signifiers, and how in general there is a complex performance that must be mastered in order for class “mobility” to happen. The second post, “Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or, poverty thoughts” is by Linda Walther Tirado who writes about the (non-) choices faced by poor people, and how they are criticized for what they choose. Read more...

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Breaking bad habits, building better ones

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/Blog-phd-to-life.jpgBy Jennifer Polk. I want to write about how great I’m doing, how awesome my clients are, and how good I feel about being a post-academic businesswoman. All those things are true, but there’s more to my story. It’s time to fess up, recommit, and move on. (Can you tell I’ve been mired in Rob Ford news for days?)
First up, social media and the Internet in general. I love these tools, and they add value to my life ... but there comes a point at which scrolling and clicking is just procrastination. I need to be more mindful of the time I spend online. More...

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Grad students need social media

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/Blog-phd-to-life.jpgBy Jennifer Polk. Graduate students conduct cutting edge research, invent new technologies, write books, and start companies – and so much else, besides. Still, many of them shy away from using social media to promote themselves and their research. I work with graduate students in the area of professional development. When I ask them why they don’t use social media to promote their research, I often get responses along the lines of “I don’t have enough to say” or “I’m not an expert.” This is untrue and absurd. Grad students produce innovative research, giving them the experience and credibility to speak about what they do. Social media is a tool students can use to share knowledge and establish themselves in their fields.
Here are 5 reasons why graduate students need social media. More...

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Is a PhD a waste of time?

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/BlogLeo_en.jpgBy Léo Charbonneau. Is a PhD really a waste of time? This was the question that a panel at the Canadian Science Policy Conference held in Toronto from Nov. 20 to 22 was asked to consider. Since all of the panelists had a PhD, with the exception of one who was a doctoral student, it was little surprise that they all agreed that no, it wasn’t a waste of time at all. More...

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Mobiliser les emplois d'avenir pour répondre aux besoins de l'ESS

Logo de l'Agence Régionale de la Formation tout au long de la vie (ARFTLV Poitou-charentes)Le Credoc estime à 114 000 le potentiel maximum d’embauches annuelles de jeunes peu qualifiés dans le ESS. Lorsqu’on segmente ce potentiel par métier, on constate qu’il est très concentré sur un faible nombre de métiers (les 20 premiers métiers représentent 88% du total). Par ailleurs, les premiers métiers (aides à domicile et aides ménagères, aides-soignants, agents d’entretien des locaux, employés de maison) sont rattachés en grande partie à l’action sociale. 
Au vu des difficultés financières qui pèsent sur les capacités de développement du secteur de l’ESS, le dispositif Emplois d’Avenir semble être particulièrement utile pour le secteur. La professionalisation croissante du secteur, sous l’effet de la réglementation qui encadre les différentes activités, rend par ailleurs nécessaire le recrutement de salariés qualifiés et motivés pour remplir les missions qui leurs seront confiées. Consulter l'étude du Crédoc. Suite...

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My Idea for Higher Ed Reform: Do Nothing

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/JustVisitingLogo_white.jpg?itok=K5uvzo_-By John Warner. The more I read and think about higher education, our shortcomings, our crises, our threats, and our supposed saviors, the more I come to believe that the best thing we could do in the name of reform is absolutely nothing.
Down with the pursuit of “excellence!” Enough with innovation!
Leave some of the children behind!
Say it with me! Let’s do nothing!
I say this because I wonder what chasing the next shiniest thing has really been getting us.
What do we have to show for the era of “accountability?”
I’m looking at what’s going on in higher education and thinking about the last 30-plus years of “reform” in primary and secondary education and it makes me worry. Read more...

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Speed of Communication

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/mama_phd_blog_header.jpg?itok=C5xGPD1aBy Susan O'Doherty. I have been having a wonderful time performing in this piece as a member of an eight-person "time consortium." We are given snippets of scientific, philosophical and literary writing on the nature mad meaning of time, and each night we hold extemporaneous discussions about what we read. We are all actors, but we were chosen in part because of our interest or expertise in a variety of fields (other members include a physics teacher, a playwright and a minister), so discussions tend to be wide ranging. Read more...

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Help Us With Our Homework

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/law.jpg?itok=7sode5LvBy Tracy Mitrano. This semester I am fortunate to be taking part in an IT leadership program at Cornell University. Part of the program includes giving a presentation, and I was thrilled to find “the impact that distance learning has on higher education,” as one of the topics. I am in Florida now at the Sloan Consortium Conference, and so I hope to intellectually vacuum up as much information as I can to help our group prepare for our presentation in January.  With all the members of our group providing input, this morning I compiled a list of 10 reasons why an institution would want to embrace what I have called, “Distance Learning (and MOOCs in Particular)" or “DL/M” in short. Read more...

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