What to do with data? Most academics have been trying to avoid the questions but they keep coming. Special issues in Nature and now Science highlight the excitement of new research paradigms in data mining, correlation and visualisation.
The bad news is that there are now very few who don’t worry about information overload and how to manage it all, from academic journals to micro-blogging, lab books to personal photo collections.
The president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science will focus on diversity in the sciences in an address to the association's annual conference later today.
Speaking ahead of the event in Washington DC on 17 February, Alice Huang said that although overt discrimination for women in science was “pretty well gone”, attitudes remain which set the bar higher for women than men. Huang, a virologist at the California Institute of Technology, called the subconscious discrimination “human”, but something which activity was needed to counteract.
University heads face more hardship following the publication yesterday of the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s letter detailing their financial awards for 2011-12.
The letter confirms the outline figures revealed in the budget guidance which the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills gave HEFCE in December 2010. But the letter to vice chancellors still held some unpleasant surprises—notably that the projected cuts will start to take effect in the current academic year.
Ministers aren't the only ones who have yet to grasp the need for a new contract between scientists and society. Tom Wakeford reveals the smoke-and-mirrors behind some recent research-council 'engagement' programmes, and says it’s time to debate some core values.
To many observers, cross-research council funding programmes were particularly vulnerable to government cuts. So how did they do? Andrew Watkinson of the cross-council funded Living With Environmental Change programme says growing pressure on funding makes partnership working increasingly important for LWEC and others.
Earlier this week a conference on Science and Citizenship took place in London, organized by the Wellcome Trust, the British Council, SciDev.Net, the Commonwealth Association and the British Science Association.
In fact, I left the conference thinking there was very little discussion of citizenship at all. Maybe I choose the wrong workshop sessions, but people seemed most keen to talk about Geek Pop, Fame Lab and SciCast: fun with science for those who generally already find it fun, rather than anything more overtly political (not that having fun with science isn't political, or that such projects cannot be seen as a step in increased democratic engagement with science). It seemed to be largely about popular science, with some of the language of democratic involvement stuck on for decoration.