Listening to science is a lot easier for politicians when behind-the-scenes intermediaries are there to help.
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Before new policy can be based on evidence, decision-makers need to understand the relevant research. Intermediaries between scientists and policymakers translate information and build relationships.
COVID has grounded almost all research trips in the field.
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Pandemic restrictions have shuttered research projects - some, for good. The consequences for science, not to mention policy and decision making, must be addressed
One of the problems Indonesian academics face during the pandemic is keeping up with teaching responsibilities while making sure their children keep learning.
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While having to carry the added burdens and responsibilities of working from home, Indonesian female academics are also sidelined by policies in universities.
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Humanity is destroying Earth’s ability to support complex life. But coming to grips with the magnitude of the problem is hard, even for experts.
Academic publishing is often linked to promotions and bonuses.
Universities that pay academics to publish their research should do so with caution.
Trump doesn’t just ignore science, he attacks it. Australia’s experts have an obligation to speak out on crises such as the coronavirus pandemic, even if it means picking a side in our politics.
Bill Freund at his 70th birthday celebration.
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Economic historian and development scholar Bill Freund was impatient with theoretical fads.
About half of environmental scientists working for government had been prohibited from communicating scientific information.
Cedar Street Elementary School in Beloeil, Que, developed a butterfly and bird perennial garden. Here, a monarch butterfly.
Picture this change: Through collaborative garden networks, teachers, schools, children, community partners and universities inspire real learning and transformation for a more sustainable world.
Academics report feeling unhappy and isolated in their current work culture.
What do you do when every letter says the job candidate is fabulous?
Letters of recommendation have grown supersized and one-sided in their praise. In one study, only 1-2% of letters fell below the good-to-excellent range. How can a reviewer find out who’s really good?
President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally on Jan. 28 in Wildwood, New Jersey.
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In a survey, Trump supporters showed the lowest faith in the Supreme Court, the federal government, the media and other pillars of society.
Matthew Hedges with his wife Daniela Tejada.
As I found, academics engaging in fieldwork research are in a particularly vulnerable position.
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
Not only do some countries perpetrate direct attacks on students and academics but the internationalisation of higher education has also created new global threats.
Climate modelling at the CEA.
The climate emergency requires the full mobilisation of scientific institutions, but the persistent compartmentalization between disciplines and difficulties of adaptation hinder their action.
Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan Finkel.
Australia’s top scientist Alan Finkel says too many poor quality research papers are being published in Australia, and the system may inadvertently encourage academics to behave badly.
It’s not all doom and gloom for African universities – some are getting it right.
With limited resources and inadequate infrastructure, African universities appear to be under tremendous strain. But some are beating the odds and getting it right.
The number of Māori and Pasifika students is growing, but they do not see themselves represented among the people who teach them.
New research shows that Māori and Pasifika scholars are significantly under-represented in New Zealand’s universities, making up only 5% and 1.7% of the academic workforce, respectively.
Interviews from a range of sensitive research topics may be at risk. These include immigration, crime and corruption.
Australia’s metadata laws offer weak protection to journalists, but they don’t offer any to academics conducting confidential interviews.