Friday, 17 July 2015

2014 State of the Climate: Highlights

2014 State of the Climate: Highlights | NOAA Climate.gov

In 2014, the most essential indicators of Earth’s changing climate
continued to reflect trends of a warming planet, with several  markers
such as rising land and ocean temperature, sea levels and greenhouse
gases ─ setting new records.  These key findings and others can be
found in the State of the Climate in 2014 report released online today by the American Meteorological Society (AMS). 

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Metrics: how to handle them responsibly

Metrics: how to handle them responsibly

Amid concerns about the growing use – and abuse – of quantitative measures in universities, a major new review examines the role of metrics in the assessment of research, from the REF to performance management

Friday, 26 June 2015

The Carlow Bypass: An Archaeological Journey

The Carlow Bypass: An Archaeological Journey

Academia: A dream profession? - QPOL

Academia: A dream profession? - QPOL

Who’d be an academic? Plenty of people, it seems! And yet as recent research shows, it appears as though the stress and pressure of academic life has never been greater. These problems tend to remain under the radar, unspoken and hidden. It is important to start highlighting them, although normal academic life doesn’t offer many opportunities. In a recent project,  Dr Kate Kenny (Queens) and Dr Sarah Gilmore (Portsmouth) developed a new approach to research that allows collective reflection on these issues.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Classic Scholars' Profiles

Classic Scholars' Profiles: Bibliometrics



CLASSIC SCHOLARS' PROFILES: Bibliometrics & Scientometrics is a portal from which you’ll be able to access the bibliographic profiles- created on Google Scholar Citations- of 10 scholars, now deceased, who played an outstanding role in the creation and consolidation of this field. It is for this reason that it was decided to use the denomination “classic scholar”.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

How does a scientist's h-index change over time?

How does a scientist's h-index change over time?

Since its introduction a decade ago the h-index has rapidly become the most frequently used measure of research productivity and citation impact amongst scientists.  It’s far from perfect and has been criticised from a number of perspectives, particularly when used as a blunt tool for assessing a scientist’s “quality”.  Nonetheless it’s a useful measure that allows some comparison within research fields and (I think more importantly) gives individuals one method, amongst any number, of assessing the influence their work is having on their discipline.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Bibliometrics: The Leiden Manifesto for research metrics

Bibliometrics: The Leiden Manifesto for research metrics

 Use these ten principles to guide research evaluation, urge Diana Hicks, Paul Wouters and colleagues.


Data are increasingly used to govern science. Research evaluations that were once bespoke and performed by peers are now routine and reliant on metrics1. The problem is that evaluation is now led by the data rather than by judgement. Metrics have proliferated: usually well intentioned, not always well informed, often ill applied. We risk damaging the system with the very tools designed to improve it, as evaluation is increasingly implemented by organizations without knowledge of, or advice on, good practice and interpretation.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Mars might have liquid water

Mars might have liquid water – Niels Bohr Institute - University of Copenhagen

 Researchers have long known that there was water in the form of ice on Mars. Now, new research from NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity shows that it is possible that there is liquid water close to the surface of Mars. The explanation is that the substance perchlorate has been found in the soil, which lowers the freezing point so the water does not freeze into ice, but is liquid and present in very salty salt water – a brine. The results are published in the scientific journal Nature.

Monday, 13 April 2015

UK university leaders lobby Brussels on research cuts

UK university leaders lobby Brussels on research cuts

 More than 50 UK university leaders will travel to Brussels on Monday to lobby European policymakers against possible cuts to research funding.

The group, led by Prof Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor of Exeter University, fears for the future of the European Union's Horizon 2020 research fund.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Mathematical (and Poetic) Offerings From the Land of Saints and Scholars

Mathematical (and Poetic) Offerings From the Land of Saints and Scholars

Interesting aticle which also includes a Reference to the Russell Library and  a piece on De Brún who earned a doctorate from the Sorbonne in 1913, under Émile Picard, and the same year was ordained a priest at the Irish College in Paris. He soon returned to Ireland, first as Professor of Mathematics at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, and later as president of University College Galway.