Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, speaks with scientist Krishnaraj Tiwari at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) Royalmount Human Health Therapeutics Research Centre facility in Montreal, Aug 31, 2020.
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To continue the fast-paced collaborative research and innovation we have seen during the pandemic, here are five ways universities can support health research that responds to societal needs.
If we care that MPs treat all their constituents fairly, we should support work that tests them on their biases – even the implicit ones.
Reading a scientific paper isn't such a daunting task when you break it down into manageable steps.
Researchers regularly study the literature in their field.
The limitations of traditional literature review approaches could be improved relatively easily with a few key procedures.
Comment letters in academic journals respond to previously published articles, and are subject to the same gender disparities found elsewhere in research.
Journal comments are responses to previously published articles. The gender disparity in the authorship of these comments both reflects and contributes to women's opportunities in scientific research.
Mothers are feeling the burn of having to both work and take on most parenting duties.
As schools and daycares are closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, academic mothers are finding themselves less able to conduct research and write articles.
A new survey reveals community attitudes towards the use of personal data by government and researchers.
Australians aren't confident that the government can be trusted with their data, or that is has the right safeguards in place to protect it.
Research is changing how artists contribute to the world's knowledge base.
Money doesn’t grow in flasks – scientists have to find funds outside the lab.
Money always seems tight for university scientists. A sociologist conducted hundreds of interviews to see how they think about funding sources and profit motives for basic and applied research.
Research must be carefully scrutinised by peer reviewers to ensure its veracity.
Scientific truth is based on a body of research which has been tried and tested by many researchers over time. Peer review filters the good science from the bad.
Impacts of federal research funding can be felt region-wide.
Research dollars don't stay locked up in academia and government labs. R&D collaborations with the private sector are common – and grow the innovation economy.
Academics find themselves in a world filled with people who aren’t interested in facts.
Populist movements are on the rise. Their supporters distrust the establishment, elites, authority and official sources. The post-truth world is a post-expert world.
Not much science will get done without the money to fund people and equipment.
What are research dollars actually spent on? Rather than looking at artifacts like publications and patents, a new initiative directly tracks the people and businesses that receive research funding.
Academic researchers need funding – especially as the federal government devotes less to basic research.
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With federal support for on-campus R&D dwindling as a percentage of GDP, keeping basic research afloat is a challenge. Schools and researchers are left to try to fill in the funding gaps.
Academic Roz Ward was temporarily suspended from La Trobe University for her comments about the Australian flag on Facebook.
A new clause being embedded in a number of university contracts attempts to restrict academics from speaking freely in public debate about issues that are outside their area of research.
Can Berkeley stay Berkeley after budget cuts?
State support for public research universities declined by 28 percent between 2003 and 2013. So, why does it matter?
Nineteen research universities join nine foundations in supporting the work of The Conversation US.
Yes, libraries have a place and function - but academics and researchers can get along just fine without them.
Libraries are warm, dry and safe spaces with free Internet, which many people need. But academics and researchers in the 21st century can get along very well without them.
Under an uncomfortable spotlight.
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The Chinese search engine Baidu was found to have cheated in a computer science competition.
Research excellence can be self-selecting.
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There can be little doubt that the research environment in universities is changing: it is now less a collegiate community of scholars than a competitive game of winners and losers. This transformation…