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Don’t forget to remember this – The Irish Times – Wed, Mar 30, 2011

March 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Don’t forget to remember this – The Irish Times – Wed, Mar 30, 2011.

How does our memory work? What’s the difference between remembering how to ride a bike and recalling people’s names? Is it possible to improve your memory? An exhibition in the Science Gallery is looking for the answers, writes BRIAN O’CONNELL

REMEMBER A NAME but can’t match it with a face? Good with numbers but useless at childhood recollections? Led by Prof Shane O’Mara of Trinity College, Memory Lab is a month-long experience at Science Gallery in Trinity College, which invites the public to take part in a range of scientific experiments aimed at examining how our memory works.

Brainpower: a rational guide to the myths – The Irish Times – Thu, Mar 24, 2011

March 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Brainpower: a rational guide to the myths – The Irish Times – Thu, Mar 24, 2011.

In the new Hollywood thriller, ‘Limitless’, Bradley Cooper plays a failing writer who uses a top-secret ‘smart drug’ to unlock his brain’s potential. SYLVIA LEATHAM asks TCD neuroscientist Prof Shane O’Mara for a reality check on how the brain works.

#ECF11: Not doing more with less, but doing more of what we tell you | Stephen Kinsella

March 23, 2011 Leave a comment

#ECF11: Not doing more with less, but doing more of what we tell you | Stephen Kinsella.

#ECF11: Not doing more with less, but doing more of what we tell you

Imagine this:

Times are hard. A business gets into trouble, and begins to scale back its costs by telling its various departments to do more with less. Where last year, you had X for your budget, now you have 75% of X. No bother, the departments say, and off they go, doing more with less.
Now let’s say the CEO of the business says ‘actually lads, in addition to the doing more with less stuff, we won’t let you go out and get funds from elsewhere–certainly not the head division–which might actually make the business some money and take some of the pressure off others.  Not only that, we’ll make sure any incentive you had to do more with less is taken away. In fact, the
Sorry, what? That’s insane. Why wouldn’t they want a situation where the best people in the business did what they did best and brought in funds to allow it to grow? Why wouldn’t they incentivise non-core expansion with promotions, bonuses, and back slapping opportunities? Why wouldn’t the business accept that you can’t cut too much too quickly, especially at the bottom otherwise the business will die at its roots?
That’s exactly what is proposed in the revised and expanded Higher Education Authority’s Employment Control Framework (ECF), signed by the last Minister for Finance as he was cleaning out his desk.  Ireland’s universities receive a block grant from the Higher Education Authority on behalf of the government. The HEA has the purse strings, and the ECF is its way of tightening them.
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YouTube – MEMORY LAB: HIGHLIGHTS

March 21, 2011 Leave a comment

YouTube – MEMORY LAB: HIGHLIGHTS.

Have we met before? Check out the highlights from the launch of our current exhibition MEMORY LAB.

Autonomy and Universities (via Ninth Level Ireland)

March 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Autonomy and Universities "It is worth rereading this VOX summary of the influential Bruegel report on the reform of European universities. They basically said that the reason that European universities are so far behind the US is that they have too little funding and too much state interference …" (more) [Liam Delaney, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 16 March] … Read More

via Ninth Level Ireland

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‘Employment control framework’: the impact of public anger? (via Ninth Level Ireland)

March 16, 2011 Leave a comment

How can the HEA know so little about the sector it purports to be the champion of? The ECF as presented is an absurd and ridiculous document utterly at variance with the meanginful operation of a vibrant third- and fourth level sector, properly connected to the health, wealth and future growth of the economy and nation.

Should we all now desist from applying for employment-creating and network-generating non-exchequer funding, vital to the sector and the country?

‘Employment control framework’: the impact of public anger? “It is probably true to say that the level of dismay and anger occasioned by the new ‘employment control framework’ in Ireland has taken the authorities by surprise …” (more) [Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 16 March] … Read More

via Ninth Level Ireland

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Science Gallery unveils Memory Lab – The Irish Times – Thu, Mar 10, 2011

March 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Science Gallery unveils Memory Lab – The Irish Times – Thu, Mar 10, 2011.

DICK AHLSTROM, Science Editor

DO YOU forget names seconds after an introduction? If so, then come along to the Science Gallery where you can participate in experiments in an exhibition called Memory Lab.

More here: http://sciencegallery.com/events