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Springer and Association of Dutch Universities reach wide-ranging agreement on access
STM publisher Springer Science+Business Media and the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU) have reached a landmark agreement which includes access to more than 2,000 of Springer’s subscription journals as well as a commitment to rapidly moving toward open access publishing for all publicly financed research results from the Netherlands. Although negotiations between VSNU and a number of STM publishers have been ongoing, the agreement with Springer is the first to be signed.
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Elsevier expands Chemical and Process Engineering portfolio, publishes six new books
STM publisher Elsevier has announced the publication of six new books on chemical and process engineering, expanding the portfolio for researchers, practitioners and students. Included in the list of books is the fifth edition of the three-volume, in-depth reference work Physical Metallurgy, edited by distinguished academics and metallurgists Professor David Laughlin of Carnegie Mellon University and Kazuhiro Hono of University of Tsukuba, Japan.
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Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine to join Cambridge Journals list from January 2015
Academic publisher Cambridge University Press and the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) have announced that the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine (CJEM) will join the Cambridge Journals list from January 2015. The journal focuses on emergency medicine content relevant to clinical practice, emergency medical services, research, medical education, administration, and continuing professional development and knowledge exchange.
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Mendeley and WriteLaTeX collaborate to make it easier for authors to ‘cite as they write’
Global research collaboration platform and academic database Mendeley and WriteLaTeX have collaborated to make it easier for authors to ‘cite as they write’ by linking their Mendeley reference library to WriteLaTeX’s online collaborative writing and publishing service. Authors who have built up extensive virtual libraries using Mendeley’s reference management software can now use this library more effectively when authoring their scientific and scholarly works on WriteLaTeX.
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PRE forms Expert Advisory Board to help improve peer review process
Peer Review Evaluation (PRE) has announced the formation of an Expert Advisory Board to provide guidance on decisions affecting scholars, publishers, and libraries; and to develop best practices for peer review. PRE was formed to assist members of the scholarly publishing community who are committed to preserving an ethical, rigorous peer review process.
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MedeAnalytics acquires OnFocus Healthcare
MedeAnalytics, a pioneer in healthcare analytics, has announced the acquisition of OnFocus Healthcare, Inc., a provider of healthcare enterprise performance management solutions. The synthesis of OnFocus Healthcare and MedeAnalytics will create the first ‘closed loop’ analytics and execution-driven performance improvement solution for healthcare.
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American Psychiatric Publishing re-launches PsychiatryOnline with Atypon
Atypon, a provider of software to the scientific and scholarly publishing industry, and American Psychiatric Publishing (APP), a division of American Psychiatric Association, have re-launched PsychiatryOnline on Atypon’s Literatum platform. With the significant increased flexibility conferred by Literatum, APP will now be able to continuously roll out upgrades and innovations that will enhance the value of the portal for subscribers.
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Solar Advocates Call For GOP To Keep Solar-Friendly Laws.

The AP  (11/20, Dalesio) reports solar energy advocates urged the soon-to-be Republican majority General Assembly in North Carolina to preserve tax credits and a law requiring utilities to generate 12.5 percent of retail sales from “efficiency efforts or renewable sources.” RTI International released a report stating “$2.7 billion was invested in North Carolina clean energy development,” an amount 20 times greater than the tax credits issued. Opponents, led by Rep. Mike Hager (R), a former Duke Energy engineer, called for the removal of “subsidies for alternative power industries,” though not all Republicans followed suit. Rep. Pricey Harrison (D) said the GOP probably won’t expand the alternative energy tax credits but could continue to allow “sales of electricity generated by rooftop solar arrays.”

NASA’s ACTE Project Develops Aircraft Wings That Change Shape.

CNN  (11/20, Patterson) reports that NASA’s Adaptive Complaint Trailing Edge (ACTE) project “could radically change the way airliners look and, more importantly, save hundreds of millions of dollars a year in fuel costs” by “developing wings that change shape in response to flight conditions and weather.” The material would allow aircraft wings “to change shapes without hinges.” The article also notes that NASA has developed a number of other technologies people who regularly fly on commercial airliners often take for granted. According to the article, ACTE is among “the list of NASA innovations that have made air travel safer and more convenient.”

Higher Education

Corinthian To Sell 68 Schools To Nonprofit ECMC Group.

The AP  (11/20, Press) reports that Corinthian Colleges Inc. has announced that it is selling 68 of its campuses under the Everest and WyoTech brands to the nonprofit ECMC Group, and that the deal will “allow more than 39,000 students to continue attending class.” The AP reports this story within the context of ED’s gainful employment rules and recent increased Federal regulation of the for-profit industry. The article also explains that Corinthian struck a deal with ED in July to sell off its schools.

Identifying ECMC Group as a student loan servicer, Bloomberg News  (11/21, Staiti, Mcdonald) reports that the firm will pay $24 million for the schools. Bloomberg explains that the deal to sell off Corinthian’s campuses came after ED “imposed a 21-day delay on its access to federal aid, creating a cash crisis.” Meanwhile, attorneys general in some 20 states “are investigating the company for its recruiting, lending and marketing practices,” and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has sued the firm. Bloomberg notes parenthetically that ED “has been criticized for its relationship with debt collection companies” like ECMC.

The Los Angeles Times  (11/21, Kirkham) reports that the deal comes “after months of uncertainty about the fate of its schools,” and “would affect nearly 40,000 students across 17 states.” The Times reports that Corinthian has been in Federal and state officials’ “crosshairs” over “allegations that the company falsified student job-placement rates and misled prospective students into taking on too much debt.” This piece also notes ED’s having restricted access to Federal student aid to the school, and reports that student advocates question ECMC’s lack of experience in running schools. However, Under Secretary Ted Mitchell said that ED supports the deal, quoting him saying, “Thousands of students can now rest assured that they will be able to pursue their education and have more stability in the midst of this school year.”

UC Regents Pass Tuition Hike Amid Student Protests.

The New York Times  (11/21, Pérez-Peña, Subscription Publication) reports that the Board of Regents for the University of California gave final approval Thursday “to a contentious plan to raise tuition steadily over five years.” The Times reports that students–deeming the increase unaffordable–have staged protests at UC campuses. The piece notes that Gov. Jerry Brown opposed the plan, and that both sides of the issue “cast blame on each other…insisting that it is defending the quality and affordability of one of the world’s great public universities.”

The Los Angeles Times  (11/21, Gordon) reports that the final impact on real costs for students won’t be determined until after “months of political wrangling and budget negotiations,” noting that “students could pay as much as 28% more over five years, depending on state funding.” The piece notes that UC President Janet Napolitano is facing strong criticism from fellow Democrats over her support for the increase.

Inside Higher Ed  (11/20), the Wall Street Journal  (11/21, Korn, Subscription Publication), and Reuters  (11/21, Bernstein) also cover this story.

From ASEE
ASEE Member Named Professor of the Year
Sheri Sheppard of Stanford University is one of four 2014 U.S. Professors of the Year.

Candidates for ASEE’s Board of Directors
Positions include President; Vice President for Finance; and Vice President for External Relation.

November Prism Online (ASEE members only)
The cover story, “Corporate Blinders,” presents an engineering ethics case study.

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Times Higher Education and Elsevier partner to provide data behind THE’s flagship World University Rankings and its global university performance analyses
Times Higher Education (THE) and Elsevier have announced a partnership to provide the data behind the THE’s flagship World University Rankings and its global university performance analyses. The methodology of the global rankings will be broadly preserved. The rankings will continue to use the most comprehensive and balanced performance indicators to evaluate universities across all of their core missions, including research, knowledge transfer, international outlook, and – uniquely – the teaching environment.
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EBSCO Information Services releases eBook Education Collection
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has released a new subscription e-book collection, eBook Education CollectionTM. eBook Education Collection features more than 2,800 quality titles supporting students and faculty in education studies. Titles in eBook Education Collection range from introductory texts for undergraduate coursework to more complex and detailed works for advanced students and scholars.
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IPA and The London Book Fair announce third edition of What Works? Successful Education Policies, Resources and Technologies conference
The International Publishers Association (IPA) and The London Book Fair (LBF) have announced that the third edition of What Works? Successful Education Policies, Resources and Technologies will take place on April 16, 2015, in association with The Publishers Association. Topics on the conference agenda for 2015 include the value of edutainment and gamification, if educational publishers or governments are best placed to commission educational content, and how education systems can successfully adapt to the digital world.
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Digital Science and Boston Library Consortium workshop to address emerging needs of the research ecosystem
Digital Science, a technology company with a focus on the sciences, and the Boston Library Consortium are organising a workshop focused on the management, dissemination, and collaboration around research data in the university. The workshop, scheduled for November 21, will be held at Tufts University (Medford campus).
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Ex Libris Group releases version 9.1 of Voyager integrated library system
Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced the release of version 9.1 of the Voyager integrated library system (ILS). Deployed by over 1300 institutions around the world, Voyager now provides faster, more efficient processes for librarians that will enable them to dedicate more of their time to user needs. The new features in this release improve services to users, simplify staff workflows, increase system stability and performance, and fulfill customer enhancement requests.
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BLUEcloud Cataloging now available for SirsiDynix customers
SirsiDynix has announced that BLUEcloud Cataloging is now available. Designed to easily accommodate new media and technology, BLUEcloud Cataloging increases staff efficiency and expedites the process of enhancing bibliographic data. Of the 27 pilot customers for BLUEcloud Cataloging, nine are currently live and many others are soon to be live.
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“The Domes” Helps Train Astronaut For Current And Future Missions.

Brent Rose at Gizmodo  (11/19) writes about the Systems Engineering Simulator, or “The Domes,” at the Johnson Space Center, where researchers “learned to fly, drive, and design better space vehicles.” Rose notes that another function is to help crew training and engineering analysis for ISS operations. When Rose visited the facility, one of the domes was set up as a cockpit of a vehicle that could one day drive on the moon or Mars. NASA’s Amy Efting said, “They’ve also looked at using the same chassis as a multi-mission space exploration vehicle, so it could potentially go to an asteroid. … So we can actually run a bunch of different simulations in this same mockup. Or we have the capability to roll this mockup out and put another one in, like Orion, or something like that.” No matter the setup, Rose comments that the simulations are “incredibly immersive,” although some, like those involving the ISS, are “massive.” Rose adds that the Domes are some of the “easiest” tools NASA has to train astronauts before they go into space.

Marshall Space Flight Center Overlooked, But Does Important Research For NASA. Randall Marsh at Gizmag  (11/19) writes that the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) is “one of NASA’s more off-the-radar facilities,” but works on some of NASA’s “most important research.” These projects include “3D printing technology and research” and the Space Launch System. According to Marsh, MSFC’s “most interesting, yet little known,” facility is the ISS Payload Operations Integration Center & Laboratory Training Complex. Marsh reiterates that even though the center is often “overlooked,” it does “some of the most important research and engineering for the future of the organization.”

Higher Education

US News Offers Thumbnail Sketch Of Gainful Employment Rules.

The US News & World Report  (11/19, Mayotte) “Student Loan Ranger” blog runs an article on ED’s latest gainful employment rules, noting that the for-profit lobby has filed suit to have them overturned. The piece points out that the 945-page set of regulations may not be easily comprehended by the layman, and offers a Q&A to explain some of its most salient points. The topics include the intended purpose of the rules, the range of institutions to which they apply, the bare bones of what the rules require, how they will impact consumers, and how consumers can find information about programs’ debt-to-income rates.

WSJournal Op-ED: End Use Of Racial Preference In College Admissions.

Richard D. Kahlenberg of the Century Foundation, a consultant for lawsuits against Harvard and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for using racial preferences in student admissions, writes in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal  (11/20, Subscription Publication) that liberals, as well as conservatives should applaud the lawsuits. Kahlenberg argues that race is no longer a good marker for being disadvantaged and that the current policies may disadvantage Asians. He calls for using other strategies to create genuine diversity, such as preference for high-achieving students in economically disadvantaged areas, allowing substantial transfers from community-colleges, and no longer giving legacy preference to alumni’s children.

South Dakota Joins Distance Education Collaborative.

Madison (SD) Daily Leader  (11/20) reports that South Dakota has been approved to join the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, “a nationwide effort making distance education courses more accessible to college students across state lines.” The article explains that South Dakota Board of Regents CEO Jack Warner said that SARA “makes it easier for higher education institutions to participate in interstate delivery of distance education and for states to regulate the process.” The AP  (11/20) also covers this story.

From ASEE
Candidates for ASEE’s Board of Directors
Positions include President; Vice President for Finance; and Vice President for External Relation.

November Prism Online (ASEE members only)
The cover story, “Corporate Blinders,” presents an engineering ethics case study.

ASEE Perks
ASEE launches “ASEE Perks” a new collection of discounted products and services, only for members.

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NPG and Shanghai Institute for Biological Sciences renew contract for Cell Research, strengthen partnership with the launch of new OA journal, Cell Discovery
Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG) has cemented its partnership with the Shanghai Institute for Biological Sciences (SIBS) by renewing the contract for Cell Research for a second time and by launching a new open access journal, Cell Discovery. Cell Discovery will be China’s first broad-spectrum life science open access journal.
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Elsevier unveils new journal – Big Data Research
STM publisher Elsevier has announced the launch of a new journal, Big Data Research. The first issue is now available for free on ScienceDirect. The journal provides a channel for scholarly communication and applications in this broadening and rapidly evolving field of research.
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Jisc launches collaborative initiative for UK research
Teams across universities and others that support research in the UK are being offered the opportunity to submit their ideas to a collaborative funding initiative being launched by Jisc. Called research data spring, the project aims to engage all individuals and groups with an interest in research data and get them to work together to create new solutions to common research problems.
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American Mathematical Society partners with CCC to automate permissions requests using RightsLink
Global licensing and content solutions organisation Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC) has announced that the American Mathematical Society (AMS) has implemented CCC’s RightsLink®, a technology solution that allows visitors to the AMS website to license content quickly and easily. With RightsLink, those interested in republishing or reusing AMS content can efficiently purchase permissions using links on AMS journal and book web pages.
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University of Rhode Island opts for Ex Libris library solutions
Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the University of Rhode Island (URI) has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management service along with the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution to replace multiple homegrown and commercial systems. Housing extensive physical, electronic, and digitised collections, the libraries at URI will now run a unified, cloud-based management system and provide a one-stop search engine that connects users with all of the library’s collections.
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Macmillan Distribution goes live with new subscription business powered by Publishing Technology
International book distributor Macmillan Distribution (MDL) has gone live with its new subscription platform, running on Publishing Technology’s advance enterprise system. MDL becomes the first Publishing Technology client in the UK to launch its service on the digitally-native Order to Cash module of advance, which effectively enables the company to break into the journal fulfilment market.
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Keystone Pipeline Bill Opposed By Obama, Backed By Landrieu, Falls Short In US Senate.

Proponents of the Keystone pipeline fell one vote short of overcoming a Democratic filibuster against the project. All three network newscasts noted the outcome in the Senate. Many news outlets described the vote as a victory for President Obama – as well as a serious blow to Sen. Mary Landrieu’s already slim chance of retaining her seat. At the opening of MSNBC’s Hardball (11/19), for example, Chris Matthews said, “In the first big battle since the November election, President Obama’s side has prevailed,” while the Washington Times  (11/19, Dinan, Wolfgang) says “environmentalists have emerged triumphant in a divisive internal battle with labor unions.” The New Orleans Times-Picayune  (11/19, Alpert) reports that “some viewed the vote as a last-ditch chance for Landrieu to close a gap with” Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, “the favorite to win the run off,” and, according to the Times-Picayune, Republicans “were quick to say the defeat showed that Landrieu clout falls far short of what she’s been telling voters.”

Meanwhile, other media analyses point out that Republicans were able to take a public stand in favor of a widely popular project and will almost certainly force the President to veto a similar bill next year. For instance, the AP  (11/19) says that ahead of the Senate vote, Republicans “looked like they were in a win-win position, assured of dividing Democrats no matter the outcome, and in a position to force Obama to veto the legislation in the new year if it comes to that.” The vote came one day after the release of a USA Today  poll showing that the public supports the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline by a margin of more than two-to-one.

On the CBS Evening News (11/18, story 9, 2:05, Pelley), Nancy Cordes reported that the Senate vote “drew protests from environmentalists,” while Republicans “universally support the Keystone pipeline.” Sen. Mitch McConnell: “Keystone XL is just common sense. It’s a shovel-ready jobs project that would help thousands of Americans find work.”

On ABC World News (11/18, story 6, 1:00, Muir), David Muir reported that “many argued” that the project “could have created thousands of American jobs.” Correspondent Jonathan Karl went on to report that “proponents say it not only creates jobs, but it could lead to energy independence,” while “environmentalists say this would…contribute to global warming.” In a brief item for NBC Nightly News (11/18, story 5, 0:25, Williams), Brian Williams said, “Had this Senate vote gone the other way, the White House has strongly hinted the President would veto it.”

USA Today  (11/18, Davis) reports that “all 45 Republican senators voted for” the bill, along with 14 Democrats, including Landrieu, and outgoing” Sens. Mark Begich, Kay Hagan, Mark Pryor , and John Walsh.” USA Today says the “additional Democratic votes came from” Sens. Michael Bennet, Tom Carper, Bob Casey, Joe Donnelly, Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Manchin, Claire McCaskill, Jon Tester and Mark Warner. USA Today notes that even though it was widely assumed that no more than 59 senators would back the pipeline, Landrieu still said she was “confident she could secure the 60 votes necessary to pass the bill.” But USA Today adds that even “if Landrieu had succeeded, it was likely to be more of a political exercise because White House spokesman Josh Earnest made clear the president does not support the bill, suggesting a likely veto.”

Higher Education

Obama Reportedly Considering Expansion Of DACA, More Visas For STEM Grads.

Bloomberg News  (11/19, Przybyla, Dorning) reported that “according to people familiar with the proposal” the President is mulling to overhaul the immigration system through executive action, some of the illegal immigrants that he may allow to stay in the US indefinitely without threat of deportation are “parents of US citizens and legal permanent residents.” Bloomberg adds that the President “is also likely to include an expansion of” the Deferred Action, “which has given reprieves to 600,000 child immigrants,” as well as “a program that gives work permits…to foreign graduates of US universities with degrees in science, technology, engineering and math.” Bloomberg also reported that the President could make his announcement “as soon as Nov. 20.”

According to USA Today  (11/18, Gomez), there is “a nervous, uncomfortable feeling among undocumented immigrants who are happy [Obama] plans to protect some of them but upset that others will be left out.” USA Today adds that some “younger undocumented immigrants who have benefited from the president’s action in 2012 say they feel a sense of guilt over how Obama’s new program could roll out.”

Harkin, Miller Pan ED For Student Loan Default Calculation Changes.

The Chronicle of Higher Education  (11/19) reports that Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Rep. George Miller (D-CA) wrote to Education Secretary Arne Duncan Tuesday “criticizing changes the department has made in the way it calculates cohort default rates on student loans,” taking ED “to task for exempting from penalties some colleges with default rates of 30 percent or more.” The piece quotes the letter saying, “With few exceptions, any institution or program where students consistently default over the 30% threshold should not continue to be propped up by taxpayer dollars.”

Report Shows Decline In Graduation Rate For 2008 College Cohort.

The Chronicle of Higher Education  (11/19, Mangan) says that, according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, only 55 percent of students who entered college in fall 2008 had graduated by May 2014, despite efforts by the White House and colleges to push students to complete their degrees. The graduation rate for full-time, traditional-age students was steady, while the greatest decline was seen for older and part-time students, especially at four-year for-profit colleges. “Those are the very students and sectors that accounted for the largest increases in enrollment during the recession, so it is perhaps not surprising that overall graduation rates slipped,” continues the piece.

From ASEE
Candidates for ASEE’s Board of Directors
Positions include President; Vice President for Finance; and Vice President for External Relation.

November Prism Online (ASEE members only)
The cover story, “Corporate Blinders,” presents an engineering ethics case study.

ASEE Perks
ASEE launches “ASEE Perks” a new collection of discounted products and services, only for members.

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STM Week 2014: One week, three events
The STM Association once again descends on London for its annual ‘STM Week’ events. Industry favourites Innovations and eProduction are joined this time by a new seminar focussing on OA: Beyond Open Access. Innovations: Social Media and Scholarly Publishing – exchanging, engaging and empowering will be held December 3, 2014. The eProduction seminar is scheduled for December 4, 2014. The new seminar focussing on OA, Beyond Open Access, will be held December 5, 2014.
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Elsevier expands engineering content available on Knovel, adds ten more content providers
STM publisher Elsevier has announced the addition of ten content providers who will offer content via the Knovel platform, strengthening a range of disciplines including civil engineering, chemical engineering and earth sciences among others. The publishers recently added to the Knovel platform, include De Gruyter, J. Ross Publishing and eight other trusted content providers that collectively boost Knovel’s roster of content providers to more than 120 authoritative sources.
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Nature Publishing Group and Parkinson’s Disease Foundation partner to launch new open access journal dedicated to Parkinson’s research
Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) have announced a partnership to launch npj Parkinson’s Disease, an open access journal entirely dedicated to research which will help the scientific community to understand, mitigate, and eventually cure Parkinson’s disease. This is the latest launch in the series of Nature Partner Journals (npjs), a new series of online, open access journals published in collaboration with world-renowned international partners.
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ÜberShare launches initiative for small funders – offers free access to Dimensions
ÜberResearch, a portfolio company of Digital Science, has launched the ÜberShare initiative to offer small funders free access to the enterprise level grant portfolio tool ‘Dimensions for Funders’. Dimensions covers $750 billion of historic and future spending on scientific research. Small funders with less than $1 million to invest in research are invited to register at www.Überresearch.com/ubershare.
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SAGE set to publish OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health
Academic publisher SAGE has announced that it will begin publishing OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health, a leading occupational therapy journal of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation beginning in January 2015. Published quarterly, OTJR reflects the foundation’s mission to advance occupational therapy through sound scientific inquiry.
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Karger Publishers offers free access to fundamental research article ‘Filoviridae: a taxonomic home for Marburg and Ebola viruses?’
Biomedical publisher Karger Publishers is offering the fundamental paper ‘Filoviridae: a taxonomic home for Marburg and Ebola viruses?’ free to read on the homepage of its journal Intervirology as a token to assist researchers and medical professionals in response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This research article was published in 1982 in Intervirology by Kiley et al.
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Phillips Academy Andover selects EBSCO Discovery Service
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced that the Phillips Academy Andover, an independent, coeducational boarding high school that enrolls more than 1,100 students, has opted for EBSCO Discovery ServiceTM (EDS) to provide students with a more streamlined search that can be customised to their needs. The mobile capabilities of EDS were an important factor for the Academy. According to Michael Blake, Associate Library Director, the ability to conduct research on mobile devices was high on their priority list.
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Gale offers content for data mining and textual analysis purposes
Gale, part of Cengage Learning, has announced that it will make available content from its Gale Digital Collections to academic researchers for data mining and textual analysis purposes. Data mining and textual analysis – the process by which text or datasets are crawled by software that recognises entities, relationships and action – helps researchers draw new conclusions among disparate data and is emerging as an important area of scholarly research.
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Philae Lander Could Revive This Spring.

The AP  (11/17, Jordans) reports that there were “raised hopes” on Monday that the ESA’s Philae lander, now resting on a comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, could revive again next spring. Scientists believe that they may have been able to reposition its solar panels before it went silent, allowing it to collect power when it is closer to the sun. However, the article notes that mission managers now will have to locate the lander’s final resting place to be sure. New images of the landing taken by the Rosetta orbiter give “very good clues” of where Philae ended up after bouncing twice.

According to BBC News  (11/17, Amos), it appears that before it enter sleep mode, Philae was able to finish “over 80% of its planned primary science campaign.”

Reuters  (11/17, Klotz) notes that first results from the mission likely will be announced at the upcoming American Geophysical Union conference.

Also covering the story are SPACE  (11/17, Wall), New Scientist  (11/17, Aron), Spaceflight Now  (11/17, Ray), Age (AUS)  (11/18, Phillips), Vox  (11/17, Stromberg), Sen  (11/17, Howell), Discovery News  (11/17, Klotz), and Universe Today  (11/17, Howell).

Higher Education

Cal State Student Selected For NASA’s 2014 Aeronautics Scholarship.

The Long Beach (CA) Press-Telegram  (11/17, Tompkins) reports that 16-year-old mechanical and aerospace engineering major Joaquin Martinez “is among 20 undergraduate students in the nation selected for NASA’s 2014 Aeronautics Scholarship Program,” the first to earn the two-year, $15,000-per-year scholarship from Cal State Long Beach. Next summer Martinez will participate in an internship at one of NASA’s research facilities as part of the program, the Press-Telegram reports. The article goes on to profile Martinez.

Affirmative Action Opponent Sues Harvard, UNC-Chapel Hill Alleging Admissions Bias.

The Washington Post  (11/17, Anderson) reports that Edward Blum, director of the Project on Fair Representation and a “prominent opponent of racial preferences in college admissions,” has announced that his group Students for Fair Admissions is filing separate lawsuits against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill “alleging unlawful bias in admission policies” at the schools. Noting that Blum’s group “backed the plaintiff in a recent affirmative action case in Texas that reached the U.S. Supreme Court,” the Post reports that Blum alleges that Harvard “discriminates against Asian Americans, and that UNC-Chapel Hill failed to give adequate consideration to race-neutral admissions.” The Post quotes a UNC-Chapel Hill spokesperson saying, “the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights determined in 2012 that UNC-Chapel Hill’s use of race in the admissions process is consistent with federal law.”

Mark Walsh writes at the Education Week  (11/18) “School Law” blog that both lawsuits allege that the schools’ admissions policies “do not meet the strict scrutiny standard for race-based admissions called for in the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.” He notes that the an unidentified Asian-American student is a plaintiff in the Harvard complaint, while an unidentified white student is a plaintiff in the UNC-Chapel Hill case.

The Durham (NC) Herald Sun  (11/18), the Charlotte (NC) Observer  (11/17, Stancil), WRAL-TV  Raleigh, NC (11/18), Reuters  (11/18, Jenkins), and the Business Insider  (11/18) run similar reports.

Harvey Mudd Professors Experimenting With Flipped Classes.

The Los Angeles Times  (11/16, Song) reports that professors at Harvey Mudd College, “known for its science and engineering experiments,” are experimenting with the flipped class model, noting that in recent years, “three professors have split some of their classes in half,” with one group taking online classes and the other having traditional classroom instruction. Noting that the study was funded by the Federal government, the Times reports that “there hasn’t been much difference” in academic performance thus far.

Rising Remedial Course Enrollment Raises Questions About Cost, Effectiveness.

The Wall Street Journal  (11/18, Mitchell, Subscription Publication) reports that amid rising numbers of college freshmen taking remedial courses–paid for in many cases with Federal student aid–observers are questioning the effectiveness of such courses, and whether they are contributing to increased dropout rates.

Cal Poly Aerospace Program Has Long, Distinguished History.

The San Luis Obispo (CA) Tribune  (11/15) runs an article examining the history of the aeronautics program at Cal Poly, stretching back to 1927. The paper describes some of the program’s history, noting that today, “the program’s students and alumni continue to reach new heights, doing everything from designing commercial and military jets to creating small satellites that are launched into outer space to piloting some of the most daring aircraft ever flown.” Graduates work for such industry leaders as Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and in “younger companies working in the cutting-edge industry of private space tourism.”

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November Prism Online (ASEE members only)
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Wolters Kluwer Health unveils Consumer Education Center, a suite of Web-hosted educational tools for healthcare organisations
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health has announced the debut of the Consumer Education Center, a suite of Web-hosted educational tools healthcare organisations can use to create a patient portal or consumer health information website. With the strength of industry-leading clinical content and educational materials from Wolters Kluwer Clinical Drug Information, healthcare organisations will be able to engage consumers in their care and wellness, building deep customer loyalty.
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RLUK and OCLC expand partnership for shared collection management and visibility goals
OCLC and Research Libraries UK (RLUK), a consortium of research organisations in the UK and Ireland, have announced an expanded partnership that will help RLUK achieve key strategic objectives for shared collection management and resource discovery. Building on existing OCLC cataloguing arrangements, the new agreement offers RLUK members the opportunity to load their bibliographic metadata into WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library holdings and services.
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Elsevier to present 10th Edition of Braunwald’s Heart Disease at American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2014
STM publisher Elsevier will unveil the 10th edition of Braunwald’s Heart Disease, the core of an integrated, multi-media learning system that provides definitive, current answers on every aspect of contemporary cardiovascular medicine, at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions 2014 in Chicago, November 15-19. Editors of Braunwald’s Heart Disease, Dr. Douglas L. Mann, Dr. Douglas P. Zipes, Dr. Peter Libby and Dr. Robert Bonow, will be available at the Elsevier booth (#801) at AHA Scientific Sessions 2014 to meet with conference attendees and answer questions.
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The American Journal of Medicine launches Hepatitis C Resource Center
The American Journal of Medicine (AJM) has announced the availability of an original, comprehensive, online Hepatitis C Resource Center dedicated to providing primary care providers and specialists with the latest information on the screening, diagnosis, treatment and management of Hepatitis C (HCV). The journal was encouraged to establish the Resource Center based on the current initiatives focusing on HCV screening and diagnosis, along with the advent of oral interferon (IFN)-free treatment regimens that will be published in AJM’s November issue.
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Penton marks evolution to an information services business, rolls out new branding to reflect transformation
David Kieselstein, CEO of Penton, announced at the Business Information Management Summit (c-level event for business information ecosystem), the launch of the Company’s new branding and website, which marks the evolution of Penton into an information services business. By leveraging its market leading brands, Penton has developed partnerships with its clients that allow them to delve much deeper into the marketing funnel through the use of data products built around events and marketing services.
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Latest edition of Blogspeak now online
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Kent Anderson (Slow and Steady — Taking the Time to Think in the Age of Rapid Publishing Cycles); Paul Jump (Can post-publication peer review endure?); Joe Wikert (The future of content recommendation services); Alice Meadows (To Share or not to Share? That is the (Research Data) Question…); and Paige Brown Jarreau (The Science of Science Blogging – the complicated task of defining a science blog). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.
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IBM To Help Build DOE’s NextGen Supercomputers.

The Wall Street Journal  (11/15, Clark, Subscription Publication) reported that on Friday, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced plans to spend $425 million on supercomputer projects for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Argonne National Laboratory.

Reuters  (11/14, Randewich) reported that under the plan, the Department will spend $325 million on “Summit,” a 150 petaflop supercomputer for Oak Ridge, and “Sierra,” a 100 petaflop supercomputer for Lawrence Livermore. The Department is also allocating $100 million to the FastForward2 program, that will research “extreme scale supercomputing.”

According to the San Francisco Chronicle  (11/15, Perlman), the two supercomputers are being developed by IBM, Nvidia, and Mellanox. CNET News  (11/14, Shankland) noted that IBM “will build the overall system using a design that marries main processors from its own Power family with Volta accelerators from Nvidia.”

Science Magazine  (11/15, Service) reported that the “specifications for the new machines are still in flux,” but they are “expected to run at top speeds of between 100 and 300 petaflops,” which is “considered a key milestone toward the goal of creating the first exascale (1018 flops) supercomputer, the next major landmark in high-performance computing.” The article also explained that the Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge “will be open to the scientific community and is expected to run at up to 300 petaflops,” while Sierra, “the Livermore machine, is expected to top out somewhere around 200 petaflops and will be used by the National Nuclear Security Administration to test the safety and security of U.S. nuclear weapons.”

Additional coverage of the announcement included Forbes  (11/14, Upbin), the Inquirer (UK)  (11/16, Page), the EETimes  (11/14, Johnson), the Venture Beat  (11/14, Takahashi), and the ZDNet  (11/14, Gagliordi) “Between the Lines” blog, among others.

Lucrative DOE Award Shows Why IBM Paid To Shed Chipmaking Unit. The Albany (NY) Times Union  (11/14, Rulison) continued coverage on IBM’s $1.5 billion deal with GlobalFoundries to take over its chip manufacturing business in Dutchess County and Vermont next year. The article suggested that the DOE’s “$425 million” award to IBM on Friday helps to better understand why the company chose to pay GlobalFoundries to get rid of the unit that was costing it nearly $700 million a year. The Times Union explained that IBM has been able “to redirect those resources toward lucrative, next-generation microelectronics research and development,” which “appears to have helped IBM win the massive government grants.”

Higher Education

WSJournal Criticizes ED’s For-Profit College Rules.

An editorial in the Wall Street Journal  (11/17, Subscription Publication) criticizes ED’s latest rule regarding for-profit colleges, saying it would cut access to Federal student aid for institutions which serve lower-income and minority students. The Journal argues that the rule unfairly targets for-profit institutions while ignoring the high debt and low average earnings of graduates from state and non-profit colleges, and says that despite bipartisan opposition from Congress, the Obama Administration will continue attacking for-profit schools for ideological reasons.

Number Of International Undergrads In US Schools Reaches Record High.

The Wall Street Journal  (11/17, Belkin, Subscription Publication) reports that a surge in the number of Chinese undergraduates pushed the total number of international students studying at US schools to a record high of nearly 900,000, an eight percent increase over last year. The piece notes however that this number could fall in coming years because of increased investment in Chinese universities and other factors.

From ASEE
Candidates for ASEE’s Board of Directors
Positions include President; Vice President for Finance; and Vice President for External Relation.

November Prism Online (ASEE members only)
The cover story, “Corporate Blinders,” presents an engineering ethics case study.

ASEE Perks
ASEE launches “ASEE Perks” a new collection of discounted products and services, only for members.

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