March 31, 2015
In the first part of this post, we reviewed the concept of faculty emotional ownership in an innovative teaching community as a way to reduce Not-Invented-Here obstacles to scaling up effective teaching practices for student success. In this follow-up, we’re going to focus on emerging developments that are centered on course-related collaborations. That usually involves some kind of repository of shared course resources, but it’s important to see the repository as a tool for supporting the collaboration (not the other way round, where the shared course is seen as the targeted result and the collaboration is just there to support it).
March 6, 2015
The academic research community is endorsing new legislation to clamp down on so-called patent trolling, introduced by Senator Chris Coons and several Democratic colleagues in direct opposition to the much-maligned Innovation Act already sponsored by Republican congressman Bob Goodlatte. Last month, more than 140 universities warned congressional leaders that Goodlatte’s bill would interrupt the flow of discoveries from academia to industry by making it harder and more costly for universities to defend their patent rights. Meanwhile, the academic community has warmly received the Coons bill, which they see as more favourable to innovators and patent owners.
March 3, 2015
The presidents of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, the Association of American Universities and the American Council on Education sent a letter to ranking Democrats and Republicans on the House and Senate budget committees, urging them to pull the recent spending caps from the 2016 budget and prioritize funding for higher education and research.
March 3, 2015
Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) have submitted alternative patent reform legislation. The Support Technology and Research for Our Nations Growth Patents Act, or STRONG Patents Act, is supported by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the Innovation Alliance and at least several major university groups, including the Association of American Universities and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
March 2, 2015
Three higher-education leaders are urging federal lawmakers to repeal sequestration and increase research funding in the budget for the 2016 fiscal year. In a letter on Friday, the presidents of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, the Association of American Universities, and the American Council on Education wrote that continued limits on federal investment in scientific research and higher education would threaten the position of the United States as the world’s top economic power.
February 25, 2015
University officials from around the country fear that a key engine of U.S. innovation and economic power is in danger of stalling: federal investment in basic research. The nation needs to spend more, they say, in pursuit of discoveries with unknown and long-term payoffs. Sometimes, they say, lawmakers focus too much on research with short-term goals. The time it takes for basic research to yield a payoff can be 10, 15, or 20 years. That translates to five or 10 congressional elections.
February 24, 2015
As lawmakers make another effort to pass legislation targeting abusive patent litigation, universities are continuing to let them know they have problems with proposals they think go too far. On Tuesday, more than 140 universities signed a letter to House and Senate Judiciary Committee leaders saying they’re “deeply concerned” that “much of the patent legislation currently being discussed in Congress, including the Innovation Act, H.R. 9, goes well beyond what is needed to address the bad actions of a small number of patent holders, and would instead make it more difficult and expensive for patent holders to defend their rights in good faith.”
February 11, 2015
Disunity and dysfunction in Washington should not dissuade physicists from making the case for robust federal funding of science By Neal Lane February 2015 -- Recently, I was invited to share some thoughts about US science policy and research funding at a conference inaugurating Rice University’s Quantum Materials Center. One of the attendees suggested that other researchers might be interested in what I had to say. With that in mind, I offer the following thoughts. They are my own views and do not necessarily represent opinions of any organization or other individuals.
February 3, 2015
Science and research advocates welcomed President Obama's 2016 budget proposal Monday, which would give the National Science Foundation a "vigorous, healthy budget," according to its director. Overall, the president’s budget would increase federal spending on research and development by 5.5 percent across a series of agencies. In announcing the proposed budget, staff of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy highlighted how money for research would support biomedical science, advanced manufacturing and data collection for climate change.
January 17, 2015
Researchers at Colorado State University are investigating the weighty topic of antibiotic resistance – an issue with ramifications for global food safety and public health – by tracking the genetic footprints of drug-resistant bacteria. They want to determine where infectious organisms originate and how they move through the food system and environment to people. The study, funded with $2.25 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is one of the largest of its kind and is enabled by recent advances in DNA sequencing technology.