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Freedom of Information requests reveal payments to main journal publishers by universities have soared
The amount paid by UK universities to subscribe to journals from some large publishers has risen by almost 50 per cent since 2010, new data suggest. The finding is based on freelance requests under the Freedom of Information Act to more than 100 universities by Ben Meghreblian, an independent researcher, and Stuart Lawson, a research analyst at Jisc Collections.
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Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness journal offers free access to special collection of articles on Ebola
The Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health recently launched a special collection of articles on the Ebola virus. These, and subsequent articles will remain freely available to all readers. Topics range from translational public health, legal preparedness and response, triage screening and a primer for clinicians.
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Wiley makes 2014 Nobel Laureates work free to access until end of the year
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. will celebrate the achievements of the 2014 Nobel laureates by making a selection of content from the 2014 winners free to access until the end of the year. Interested parties may visit the individual announcements on the Wiley Press Room to access content.
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Springer signs on as principal sponsor of ‘Trans-Tasman 3MT’ competition
STM publisher Springer has announced that it is the principal sponsor of the 2014 Trans-Tasman Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, which challenges students pursuing higher education degrees to turn their theses into three minute presentations. The contest provides Springer a way of encouraging early career researchers to develop an ability to communicate their work to non-scientists.
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Elsevier announces winners of 2014 Tetrahedron Prize
STM publisher Elsevier and the Executive Board of Editors of the Tetrahedron journal series have announced that the 2014 Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic & Biomedicinal Chemistry has been awarded to Professor Barry Trost, Stanford University, USA and Jiro Tsuji, Honorary professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. They jointly receive the award for their outstanding contributions to organic chemistry.
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EBSCO introduces Flipster, a new way to access digital magazines
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is introducing FlipsterTM, which allows library patrons to browse the latest issues of high quality digital versions of popular magazines, courtesy of their library. Flipster provides users easy access to digital magazines for online browsing via their desktops or any mobile device. Flipster allows libraries to give their patrons the option of accessing the content at the library or remotely.
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IET President-elect announced
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has announced that Naomi Climer will become IET President on October 1, 2015. Naomi, currently IET Deputy President, has spent her career immersed in the rapidly changing world of media and entertainment technology from the analogue, pre-internet days of TV and radio through to the multi-channel, multi-platform, mobile experience of today.
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NTIS expands free access to federal technical reports
The National Technical Reports Library (NTRL) is now offering the American public free public access to a searchable online database of approximately three million federal science and technology reports. The library is a service of the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Technical Information Service.
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Illinois Schools Report Features New Assessment Criteria.

The AP  (10/31, Keyser) reports “the yearly report card on Illinois schools released Friday contains a host of new features and benchmarks, including one showing more than 70 percent of recent graduates enrolled in college even though fewer than half of ACT test takers were deemed ready for college coursework.” The report also included “other new assessment criteria,” including “the number of high school freshmen on track to graduate (87.4 percent) as well as rates of teacher retention (about 86 percent) and principal turnover at each school (a statewide average of about two within the past six years).”

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch  (10/31, Bock) reports that “in the past, school ratings in Illinois revolved largely around whether schools were showing ‘adequate yearly progress’ under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.” However, “as part of a federal waiver, Illinois no longer needs to track schools in that manner.”

The Chicago Tribune  (10/31) reports “the 2014 state report card depicts the broadest picture yet of how students perform as they move through and out of high school.” Christopher Koch, the state school Superintendent, “called the report card a ‘more holistic view of schools’ that replaces what many educators considered a punitive approach that focused on test scores and labeled schools failures if not enough students passed state exams.”

Another Chicago Sun-Times  (10/31, Lafferty) article reports that, as part of the new report card system, “every two years, school districts will anonymously survey staff, students and parents at each school to determine if the school has a supportive environment, good leadership, collaborative teachers, involved parents and engaging classes.”

Chicago Selective-Enrollment Schools Lead The Way. The Chicago Sun-Times  (10/31, Schlikerman) reports that, “once again, Chicago’s elite high schools dominate the top of state’s high schools, with selective-enrollment schools taking the top four statewide spots.” Meanwhile, “28 of the state’s bottom 40 schools are Chicago neighborhood or contract public high schools, according to a Sun-Times ranking of state standardized test scores.”

ISAT To Be Replaced. Chicago Sun-Times  (10/31, FitzPatrick) reports the Illinois State Achievement Test will be replaced by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test, “in spite of Chicago Public Schools’ recent request and ongoing lobbying efforts for another year’s reprieve from the new test.” Meanwhile, “State superintendent of schools Christopher Koch said all schools and districts must administer the PARCC under the federal No Child Left Behind Act because the state accepts federal money for poor students under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.”

‘Welcoming Schools’ Results Are Mixed. The Chicago Sun-Times  (10/31, Schlikerman) reports some of the city’s largest drops in Illinois State Achievement Test scores happened at so-called “‘welcoming schools’ where children were sent after 50 of their neighborhood schools were permanently closed in June 2013.” Some of the schools did see jumps, however. “Students at a school are scored by looking at how many Illinois students scored below them, on average, on the ISAT.”

Higher Education

NSF Grant Will Support STEM Degree Students At University Of Texas At Arlington.

The Fort Worth (TX) Business Press  (10/31) reports a National Science Foundation grant of approximately $974,000 will support a dozen University of Texas at Arlington doctoral students in STEM fields, paying for tuition and a $30,000 yearly stipend for two years. The goal of the grant is to “increase the quantity and quality of” STEM degree recipients among women and minorities.

Cal State Los Angeles Wins $11 Million ED Grant To Train STEM Teachers.

The Los Angeles Sentinel  (10/30) reports that ED has awarded the Charter College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles, an $11 million grant “to train new teachers to help close the achievement gap of students in high-need urban schools.” The focus of the grant is improved teaching in STEM fields.

Penn To Offer “Wasting Time On The Internet” Course.

USA Today  (10/30, Russell) reports the University of Pennsylvania will offer a course entitled “Wasting Time on the Internet” next spring, which will focus on “redefining the Internet and using everyday posts to create something more in depth.” Professor Kenneth Goldsmith stated he wanted to “break the stigma that surrounds modern-day technology specifically with the Internet, by creating the course.”

University Of Utah Uses Wireless Electric Bus To Move Students.

The Salt Lake (UT) Tribune  (10/31) reports a battery-powered bus is moving students around downtown Salt Lake City and the University of Utah using an innovative system that doesn’t use cables to charge the vehicle. The bus gets its charge from a wireless system where an in-ground plate emits a “trickle” charge that powers the bus battery. The program began at Utah State University with a Federal transportation grant.

Michigan State University Adds Biomedical Engineering Department.

The AP  (10/31) reports Michigan State University’s Board of Trustees voted to approve the addition of the Department of Biomedical Engineering to the College of Engineering. The first course offerings will be in the spring of 2016 with master’s and doctoral students and will add a undergraduate program once the department is fully established.

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University of Kentucky’s UK HealthCare selects Elsevier’s InOrder for its order sets solution
STM publisher Elsevier has announced that University of Kentucky’s UK HealthCare (UKHC), a health system with more than 80 specialised clinics throughout the state, has selected Elsevier’s InOrder for its order sets solution. The cloud-based InOrder enables clinicians, physicians and informaticists to author, review and publish orders in a collaborative environment that quickly translates evidence-based knowledge into better patient care.
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Springer partners with Peerage of Science to streamline the manuscript-to-published-article process
STM publisher Springer has joined forces with Peerage of Science to help authors more easily submit their manuscripts for consideration in Springer journals. Both sides are looking at how they can make the process easier and less time consuming, reduce the time to publication, and eliminate the need for re-submissions. The end goal is to make the work of peer review a more enriching experience for both authors and for reviewers.
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DynaMed adds 61 recently released ‘Choosing Wisely Canada’ recommendations
Choosing Wisely Canada recently released 61 recommendations that are now available in the evidence-based clinical support tool DynaMedTM from EBSCO Health. The new recommendations to avoid unnecessary tests and treatments are from 12 organisations and have been added to the Choosing Wisely Canada recommendations that previously existed in DynaMed.
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SAGE set to publish Workplace Health & Safety journal
Academic publisher SAGE has announced that it will begin publishing Workplace Health & Safety (WHS), a journal that supports and promotes the practice of occupational and environmental health nursing, beginning in early 2015. The journal is the official journal of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. (AAOHN).
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New Open Access Button launched
A brand new version of the Open Access Button was launched recently at an event in London. The new Open Access Button can be downloaded from openaccessbutton.org. The apps work by harnessing the power of search engines, research repositories, automatic contact with authors, and other strategies to track down the papers that are available and present them to the user – even if they are using a mobile device.
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HathiTrust Research Center seeks proposals for Advanced Collaborative Support projects
The HathiTrust Research Center is seeking proposals for Advanced Collaborative Support (ACS) projects. ACS is a newly launched scholarly service at the HTRC offering collaboration between external scholars and HTRC staff to solve challenging problems related to HTRC tools and services.
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Administration To Issue “Gainful Employment” Rule.

The New York Times  (10/30, Pérez-Peña, Subscription Publication) reports that the Obama Administration is expected to issue a new “gainful employment” rule on Thursday that would cut funding to career-training programs, depending on “whether graduates earn enough to pay off student loans.” The rule “is clearly aimed at for-profit schools and colleges,” which “disproportionately serve low-income and minority students,” continues the Times, adding that the new guideline could mean the end of such programs, “because a majority of their revenue comes from federal student loans and Pell grants.” It says Education Secretary Arne Duncan told reporters, “While some are strong, today too many of these programs fail to provide students with the training they need. … Our primary goal in this effort is to make sure that all programs funded by taxpayers provide quality training to all students.”

The Washington Post  (10/29, Douglas-Gabriel) quotes Duncan as saying, “Career colleges must be a stepping stone to the middle class. But too many hard-working students find themselves buried in debt with little to show for it. That is simply unacceptable. … These regulations are a necessary step to ensure that colleges accepting federal funds protect students, cut costs and improve outcomes.” According to the Post, ED estimates that “about 1,400 programs would not pass the accountability standards,” but Duncan said “none of the programs will be immediately disqualified.”

According to the AP  (10/30), Duncan said “These regulations are a necessary step to ensure that colleges accepting federal funds protect students, cut costs and improve outcomes.” Duncan explained that the guidelines are aimed at ending abusive practices, but Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities CEO Steve Gunderson criticized this measure as “nothing more than a bad-faith attempt to cut off access to education for millions of students who have been historically underserved by higher education.” The piece also notes that career-training programs “will have to show that the estimated annual loan payment of a typical graduate does not exceed 20 percent of his or her discretionary income or 8 percent of total earnings.”

The Los Angeles Times  (10/30, Kirkham) also covers this story, noting that Duncan told reporters on Wednesday that “The quality of these programs today varies tremendously. … While some are strong, today too many of these programs fail to provide the training [students] need, while burying them in debt they cannot repay.” The Times reports that ED “will judge schools by tracking their graduates’ finances, using Social Security Administration data.” This is the department’s second effort to regulate such programs.

Bloomberg News  (10/30, Lauerman, Wolfson) quotes the same statement from Duncan, adding that the he promised “the rules will ‘eliminate the worst-performing programs that are poorly serving students and taking advantage of taxpayers.’”

Reuters  (10/30, Ajmera, Jaisinghani) also reports more briefly, quoting Duncan as saying the rules would ensure that programs receiving Federal funds would take steps to improve student outcomes.

On the Huffington Post  (10/30) blog, attorney and advocate David Halperin writes that he obtained a White House press release on the new guideline, and his preliminary assessment was that “The rule is far too weak to address the grave misconduct of predatory for-profit colleges.” However, it is an improvement over the Administration’s first attempt, which “the for-profit college industry convinced a federal judge to strike down.”

Civil Rights Groups Push For Robust Gainful Employment Rule. The Hill  (10/30, Goad) reports a coalition of civil rights organizations issued a policy brief Wednesday arguing that the ED’s gainful employment rule will help minority students instead of hurting them. The groups are encouraging stronger oversight over for-profit colleges “that saddle students with a mountain of student loan debt without sufficiently preparing them for the job market.” The coalition includes the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Higher Education

US Chief Technology Officer Addresses Lack Of Diversity.

The Washington Post  (10/29, Fung) reports in its “The Switch” blog that “Megan Smith, the former Googler who’s now the Obama administration’s chief technology officer,” spoke Wednesday at a conference in Washington about the lack of diversity in the tech field. She pointed out that the United States has fallen behind countries like Vietnam and China in this area, because when the personal computer was introduced, “We culturally decided…that it was for the boys.” The Post notes that this is “actually a departure from the first part of the 20th century, when…women with degrees in math work[ed] to break codes or do scientific research during World War II.”

Blog Post: Redirecting Higher Education Funds To Vocational Training Will Help Economy.

Peter Morici at The Hill  (10/30, Morici) “Congress Blog” argues that Federal and state governments should redirect educational funding to vocational programs instead of 4-year colleges. The use of new technologies in businesses has created good-paying jobs for “more specialized and highly skilled” workers like “technicians, mechanics and other modern tradespersons who are in short supply.” Colleges produce enough engineers and business majors, but not enough skilled tradesmen, he says. Moneys should be used to expand “high school and community college apprenticeship and technical programs, which are currently scarce and terribly underfunded.”

Research Lab Studies Efficacy Of Financial Aid Programs, College Affordability.

A 2,500-word article in the Madison (WI) Capital Times  (10/30) reports on research by the University of Wisconsin-Madison into college affordability. The research looks at the efficacy of programs that are designed to provide financial aid to students. The Harvesting Opportunities for Postsecondary Education program is designed to educate families and students about the costs of getting students on campus and keeping them there for four years.

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New PCG study shows 23 percent of libraries cover APCs for author submissions to OA journals
Marketing and sales consulting firm Publishers Communication Group (PCG), a division of Publishing Technology, has released the results of a new survey, according to which, academic libraries are getting more involved in the cataloguing and funding of Gold Open Access (OA) publications. Gold Open Access, though generally understood as the freely-accessible, ‘author pays’ model, may actually be covered by sources such as grant funders, employer subsidies or institutional library budgets, the study confirmed.
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Elsevier enhances Embase to support retrieval of medical device information
STM publisher Elsevier has announced Embase, which claims to be the world’s most comprehensive biomedical database that enables tracking and retrieval of drug-specific data, has been enhanced to support the retrieval of medical device information. The improvements support comprehensive post-market surveillance and device safety as well as the development of novel devices.
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Bianca Herzog joins Springer as Trade Sales Director DACH / EMEA
Bianca Herzog has taken over as Trade Sales Director DACH / EMEA at Springer, effective October 1, 2014. In her new position, Bianca will be responsible for sales of all German-language scientific book and journal publications from the imprints of Springer Gabler, Springer Spektrum, Springer Medizin, Springer Vieweg and Springer VS.
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Wolters Kluwer Health and Philips Clinical Informatics partner to revolutionise access to clinical decision support in Brazil
Healthcare information solutions provider Wolters Kluwer Health has announced a partnership with Philips Clinical Informatics TASY electronic health records (EHR) provider to improve ease of use and encourage greater adoption of medication decision support throughout Brazil. TASY is the first system used in Brazil to integrate Wolters Kluwer Clinical Drug Information drug data into its latest EHR release.
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AMA launches interactive new tool aimed at assisting physicians and other healthcare providers improve patient access to care
The American Medical Association (AMA) has introduced a first-of-its-kind resource aimed at helping physicians and other healthcare providers improve patient access to care. The AMA’s Health Workforce Mapper is an interactive tool that illustrates the geographic locations of the healthcare work force in each state, including health professional shortage areas, hospital locations, as well as other related workforce trends.
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IOP Publishing launches new fully responsive app for Physics World magazine
Non-profit scientific publisher IOP Publishing (IOP) has launched a new fully responsive app for its world-renowned Physics World magazine. Replacing the previous ‘page-turning’ format, Physics World is now digitally optimised so that it is fully responsive in both orientations on different devices. It is available on iOS and Android and can be accessed via WebReader.
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American Society for Microbiology and UNC Charlotte’s Atkins Library deliver perpetual unlimited access to e-textbooks for authorised users
The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Press and the J. Murrey Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte have announced that they are experimenting with an innovative business model that will deliver affordable e-textbooks to students and faculty. This fall, Atkins Library purchased perpetual access to the ASM Press e-textbook, Scientific Integrity. With the cooperation of ASM Press, the library arranged to purchase unlimited concurrent user access to the title, which had been adopted for use in graduate level courses, for its students and faculty.
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Arab World Research Source now available via EBSCO
EBSCO Information Services has introduced Arab World Research SourceTM, a full-text database that delivers the coverage needed by researchers of Arab Studies, Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Studies. Arab World Research Source is a dedicated resource of scholarly journals, quality magazines, trade publications, industry profiles, country reports, market research reports and conference papers related to the Arab World.
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Delft University of Technology selects OCLC WorldShare Management Services
OCLC, the non-profit computer library service and research organisation, has announced that Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system. WorldShare Management Services (WMS) provide cloud-based library management and discovery applications in an integrated suite, offering librarians a comprehensive and cost-effective way to manage library workflows efficiently, and improve access to library collections and services.
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Duncan, Gov. Haslam Address Tennessee Educators’ Conference.

The Tennessean  (10/28, Boucher) reports that Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam spoke to educators on Tuesday at the LEAD education conference in Nashville. They both noted the state’s “improved scores on national assessments and” praised it for “accepting an ‘honest’ system for student proficiency standards.” However, “neither mentioned the formal name of those standards: Common Core.” Duncan attributed Tennessee’s success on the National Assessment of Education Progress test in part “to the state ‘telling the truth’ and taking an ‘honest’ approach to student proficiency.” It says he expressed appreciation for the teachers and principals, saying “This is not about scores; this is about trying to change lives.”

The Memphis (TN) Commercial Appeal  (10/29, Locker) also covers the Tennessee Educational Leadership Conference, focusing on Haslam’s speech. The governor also thanked educators for their hard work and promised that “higher teacher pay remains a top priority for him, despite having to scrap plans last spring for a pay raise due to a state revenue downturn.”

The AP  (10/29, JOHNSON) reports on the conference as well.

The Knoxville (TN) News Sentinel  (10/28) carries this AP coverage, while WDEF-TV  Chattanooga, TN (10/29)and WCYB-TV  Bristol, VA (10/29) carried a separate AP story.

Higher Education

New Jersey Institutions Offer Dual-Degree STEM Program.

The Philadelphia Inquirer  (10/24, Lai) reported in its “Campus Inq” blog that Stockton College and Rowan University have launched a dual-degree program that “will allow students to receive bachelor’s degrees from both institutions,” located in New Jersey. The program will be “limited to combinations that can be completed in five years; Stockton’s programs are chemistry, math, and physics, while Rowan’s are biomedical, chemical, civil, mechanical, and electrical and computer engineering.”

NJBIZ  (10/24) quoted Stockton President Herman Saatkamp as saying in a statement that “Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are increasingly the key to jobs in education and industry in our global economy.” Therefore, the new agreement will increase the value of students’ education while decreasing its cost, he added. Meanwhile, Rowan University President Dr. Ali A. Houshmand touted the program, saying “With two degrees, they will be uniquely prepared to work for leading technology-driven companies in New Jersey.”

The New Jersey Patch  (10/25, Bellano), the University Herald  (10/27, Baulkman), and the New Jersey Tech Council  (10/25) also covered this story

Cal Poly Working To Be On Cutting Edge Of Cyber-Security.

KCBX-FM  San Luis Obispo, CA (10/29, White) reports that a new Gallup poll shows that “hacking is the number one crime concern for Americans.” Professor Zachary Peterson is with Cal Poly’s Computer Science Department, says the school “is working to be on the cutting edge with new innovations,” such as with is “new, specially-constructed lab just for this purpose.” He added that students “are getting a hands-on look at the many facets of computer security.”

Obama Administration, ED Developing New College Ratings System.

Ideastream (OH)  (10/29) reports that the Obama Administration and ED plan to release a new ratings system for the nation’s colleges and universities next fall. The new system is expected to include analysis of “metrics like graduation rates and student loan debt,” it continues, noting that this is worrying some higher education institutions. According to “Roberto Rodriguez, the president’s special assistant for education,” those institutions may fear that “federal funding will be tied to performance.” However, he emphasized, “We’ve made clear that this is a ratings system. … It will not be used next year to drive financial aid decisions for those institutions, but it will be the entry point on a conversation about greater value and affordability in higher education.”

New CFPB Report Finds Loan Servicers Engaged In Illegal Practices.

Reuters  (10/29, Nawaguna) notes a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) report found companies that service mortgages and student loans engaged in acts that violate US consumer laws. As to student loans, the report found some servicers inflated minimum payments due, made illegal debt collection calls, or charged unlawful late fees. With respect to mortgages, the report said some servicers unfairly delayed permanent loan modifications or misrepresented terms to borrowers.

The Hill  (10/29, Goad) further reports that the “accusations, outlined but not detailed by the CFPB,” are the result of a review of loan servicers in the two industries initiated under the agency’s “supervision program.” CFPB Director Richard Cordray said, “All borrowers should be treated fairly by loan servicers, and through our supervision program, we intend to hold them accountable for how they treat borrowers.” No company names were listed in the report.

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Free global access to Ebola resources from Oxford University Press extended and updated
Academic publisher Oxford University Press has announced that it is extending and updating global free access to Ebola resources through the end of 2015 as the crisis has deepened. Following the World Health Organization’s declaration of an international public health emergency in August, the Press offered three months’ free access to 50 articles across its online products and journals to researchers, healthcare workers, and policymakers in their search for effective treatment and prevention in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Almost immediately, the Press began updating with new resources as they became available.
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Elsevier launches Open Access journal Biomolecular Detection and Quantification
STM publisher Elsevier has announced the launch of a new open access journal Biomolecular Detection and Quantification (BDQ). Published quarterly online and open access, BDQ is dedicated to championing excellence in molecular biology-based study design, measurement, data analyses and reporting.
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Wolters Kluwer Health and AAACN in deal to add ambulatory care nursing to Lippincott Procedures
Wolters Kluwer Health has entered into an agreement with the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) to develop a new ambulatory care nursing category for Lippincott Procedures, the leading procedures software used by nurses and other clinicians at the point-of-care and in competency management. Ambulatory care nurses care for patients in a variety of diverse outpatient settings and, according to AAACN, are becoming an increasingly important means of coordinating care and managing transitions as America searches for more cost-effective approaches to quality healthcare.
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East Central University in Oklahoma implements EBSCO Discovery Service
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced that East Central University (ECU) has chosen EBSCO Discovery ServiceTM (EDS) as its discovery service. With relevancy-ranked results, an abundant amount of customisation options and a comprehensive one-stop discovery experience, EDS is a tool that allows ECU students to focus on the quality of the information found rather than spending time and energy on searching multiple resources.
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Taylor & Francis and IMarEST announce new publishing partnership
Publisher Taylor & Francis Group and the IMarEST (Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology) have announced a new publishing partnership for 2015. Under the deal Taylor & Francis will publish and distribute the IMarEST’s highly regarded journals Journal of Marine Engineering & Technology (JMET) and Journal of Operational Oceanography (JOO), beginning January.
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Science Publications and Bentham Science Publishers to preserve e-journals with Portico
Digital preservation specialist Portico has announced that Science Publications and Bentham Science Publishers will be preserving their e-journals with Portico. With this move, the publishers seek to ensure that their content will be secure and available into the future.
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NISO launches Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) standing committee
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has announced the next phase for the Open Discovery Initiative, a project that explores community interactions in the realm of indexed discovery services. Following the working group’s recommendation to create an ongoing standing committee as outlined in the published recommended practice, Open Discovery Initiative: Promoting Transparency in Discovery (NISO RP-19-2014), NISO has formed a new standing committee reflecting a balance of stakeholders, with member representation from content providers, discovery providers, and libraries.
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Ex Libris Group appoints Steven Savaglio as new Director of Support for Ex Libris North America
Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced the appointment of Steven Savaglio as director of support for Ex Libris North America. Savaglio comes to Ex Libris from IBM, where he held senior management positions for the past five years.
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Apple Will Supply 114 Schools With iPads, MacBooks, Apple TV.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer  (10/28, O’Donnell) reports that Apple announced Monday that “every student at Orchard STEM elementary school will receive a free iPad from Apple Inc.” and each teacher will “receive an iPad mini and a MacBook laptop computer, while each classroom will receive an Apple television.” The company is spending $10 million to “provide technology equipment and support to 114 schools in 29 states,” according to Apple spokesperson Rachel Wolf who said the company’s effort is part of the ConnectED program announced by President Obama. In addition to Orchard STEM, John F. Kennedy Elementary in Maple Heights and the Chaney STEM school in Youngstown will also be outfitted.

The Youngstown (OH) Vindicator  (10/27) reports on the Chaney STEM school being among the 114 schools benefiting from the Apple contribution to ConnectED.

Reuters  (10/28, Farr) also reports on the Apple announcement.

Fortune  (10/27, Mangalindan) quotes Apple CEO Tim Cook speaking in Montgomery, Alabama on Monday, saying, “Today, too many kids are denied access to a quality education in pursuit of their American dream due to the ZIP code they live in.” He announced the decision by Apple To “help 114 schools across 29 U.S. states.”

The Albuquerque (NM) Journal  (10/28) reports that six New Mexico schools will be part of the program.

Higher Education

Coalition To Launch Effort To Boost College Enrollment Among Qualified Low-Income Students.

The New York Times  (10/28, Leonhardt, Subscription Publication) reports on an “ambitious new effort” by “a handful of institutions” to boost access to higher education for “top-performing students from the bottom half of the income distribution.” The effort, led by Michael Bloomberg, involves hiring “130 full-time counselors” and recruiting “4,000 college students as part-time advisers” to create a “support network” for these students to encourage them and help them apply to “any one of 250 colleges where low-income students graduate at a high rate and with manageable debt.”

University Of Maryland Eastern Shore Strives To Place Minorities In STEM Jobs.

The Delmarva (MD) Daily Times  (10/27, Cox) reports on a collaboration between the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to better connect minority graduates with STEM jobs. The NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority-Serving Institutions utilizes a $14 million budget to promote STEM education through programming, scholarships, internships, training, and research affiliation. Of the 800 UMES STEM graduates to respond to tracking surveys, 24% reported working in STEM fields, with another 10% (81) hired by the NOAA. A “keystone” science education forum hosted by the two organizations this week at UMES is expected to draw 400 college students, leaders, and researchers.

Illinois Community College STEM Students Tell Scholarship Success Stories.

The Aurora (IL) Beacon-News  (10/27, Bilyk) reports on Illinois State Rep. Robert Pritchard’s recognition of the STEM Scholarship Program at Waubonsee Community College during his recent visit, a program providing 18 Waubonsee and local high school students scholarships and one-to-one faculty mentoring through a National Science Foundation grant. Ninety percent of participants go on to transfer to four-year institutions. The piece highlights the success of three different scholars.

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Scope – Knowledgespeak: STM Industry Daily News Alert

Industry Veteran Punit Dhandhania joins Scope e-Knowledge Center as Strategic Advisor
Scope e-Knowledge Center (Scope), a leading provider of knowledge services and a Quatrro Global Services company, has announced the appointment of Punit Dhandhania as strategic advisor. Punit Dhandhania is a business leader with over 25 years of experience working for global publishers. Pioneering the outsourcing of high quality services to publishers in India, Punit has worked with publishers such as Oxford University Press, Elsevier, John Wiley & Sons, Cambridge University Press, Lexis-Nexis, Hachette, Larousse and many others.
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Dr. Barbara A. Zehnbauer appointed new Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics
The editorial direction of The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics (JMD) is transferring to the stewardship of respected molecular pathologist Dr. Barbara A. Zehnbauer, beginning January 1, 2015. Dr. Zehnbauer serves the public at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA, where she is Chief of the Laboratory Research and Evaluation Branch in the Division of Laboratory Programs, Standards, and Services.
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SAGE to publish The Journal of Intensive Care from February 2015
Academic publisher SAGE and The Intensive Care Society have announced a new agreement to publish its flagship title, The Journal of the Intensive Care Society as of February 2015. The journal, edited by Dr Jonathan Handy, is the official journal of the UK Intensive Care Society. The first SAGE issue will publish in February 2015.
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University of California Press enters open access space, announces plans to roll out two open access products
University of California Press is entering into the Open Access space with the launch of two new products – a mega journal focused on three core disciplines (life and biomedical sciences, ecology and environmental science, and social and behavioral sciences) and a monograph program designed to take advantage of rich, digital formats. Rollout for both products is planned for 2015.
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Thieme expands open access publishing program, unveils Ultrasound International Open journal
Medical and scientific publisher Thieme has announced the latest addition to their open access publishing program, Ultrasound International Open (UIO). Edited by an international group of ultrasound experts, this open access journal covers the field of interdisciplinary ultrasound in medicine and biology and will publish four times a year starting in 2015.
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Bookbuilders of Boston name winners of first New England Publishing Collaboration Awards
Bookbuilders of Boston recently named the winners of the first New England Publishing Collaboration (NEPCo) Awards. From a pool of ten finalists, NEPCo judges October Ivins (Ivins eContent Solutions), Eduardo Moura (Jones & Bartlett Learning), Alen Yen (iFactory), and Judith Rosen of Publishers Weekly selected Inera, Inc., collaborating with CrossRef, for the first place.
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HighWire Press names Louise Page as VP President Business Development and Publisher Relations
HighWire Press, a technology service provider to influential scholarly publishers, has announced that it is consolidating the business development and publisher relations teams into a comprehensive publisher services organisation led by Louise Page. Under Louise’s leadership, the new market‐facing team will draw on HighWire’s core strengths, enabling them to innovate with greater speed and organizational efficiency in the constantly evolving field of digital publishing.
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Latest edition of Blogspeak now online
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Kent Anderson (Old and Stale? – Aging Researchers, Funding Trends, and the Doughnut Effect); Joe Wikert (The marketing tool every publisher undervalues); Iain Hrynaszkiewicz (Data Descriptors: Providing the necessary information to make data open, discoverable and reusable); Phil Davis (PeerJ Grows Steadily With Papers, Authors); and Bryony Graham (The theory and the practice: what open access publishing means to an early career researcher). 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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Dragon Capsule Splashes Down In The Pacific.

The AP  (10/25) reported that SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft left the ISS on Saturday ans splashed down into the Pacific Ocean “with 3,300 pounds of gear for NASA, including valuable science samples.”

Florida Today  (10/25, Dean) noted that the spacecraft was scheduled to head to port in order to retrieve the “time-sensitive cargo within 48 hours.”

CNN  (10/25, Erdman) reported that Sam Scimemi, director of the International Space Station division at NASA Headquarters, summarized the Dragon’s time at the ISS by saying, “This mission enabled research critical to achieving NASA’s goal of long-duration human spaceflight in deep space.” According to the article, the part of the Rodent Research-1 experiment returned with the Dragon. NASA said that the experiment was part of “ongoing research on how microgravity affects animals, providing information relevant to human spaceflight, discoveries in basic biology and knowledge that may directly affect human health on Earth.” The article also highlighted that the Dragon carried the ISS-RapidScat instrument to the station. Scimemi said, “The delivery of the ISS RapidScatterometer advances our understanding of Earth science, and the 3-D printer will enable a critical technology demonstration.” SpaceX’s next launch is now scheduled for December.

Spaceflight Insider  (10/25, Rhian) listed some of the other experiments brought back to Earth.

SpaceX Will Try To land Booster On Floating Platform. Florida Today  (10/24, Dean) reported that when SpaceX next launches to the ISS in December, it will try to land its Falcon 9 booster on a floating landing platform 300 feet by 170 feet long, according to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk during a talk at MIT. According to the article, Musk estimates that there is a “50-50 chance” the booster will be able to land on the platform successfully when it makes the attempt for the first time.

Aviation Week  (10/25, Norris) called the platform landing an “interim step” toward a booster able to return to land.

Antares Rocket Brought Out To Pad For Monday’s Launch. Florida Today  (10/25, Dean), in its “Space Notebook” section continues coverage of today’s launch of an Orbital Sciences Antares rocket with a Cygnus cargo spacecraft from the Wallops Flight Facility. The rocket for the ISS cargo mission was moved to the launch pad on Friday. Meanwhile, in other news, the article reported that Jeff Goldstein, director of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and its Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), responded to Sen. Tom Coburn’s criticism that student experiments are a waste of taxpayer’s money. Goldstein said that Coburn was “misinformed” and “dead wrong” about the program’s importance, noting that only $50,000 of its $622,500 budget came from the Federal government.

AFP  (10/26) reported that NASA said there is “a 98 percent chance of favorable weather at the time of launch.” The Cygnus spacecraft will be carrying among its cargo the “Drain Brain” experiment, which will look at “how blood flows from the brain to the heart in the absence of gravity.” The article noted that this launch is coming “during a heavy traffic period” of several launches to the ISS.

Prototype Space Telescope Also Launching On Antares Rocket. New Scientist  (10/24, Marks) reported that aboard the Antares rocket will be Planetary Resources’ Arkyd 3 space telescope, a “test vehicle” for the fleet of 10 Arkyd 100 telescopes that the company hopes to one day launch to identify asteroids that could be mined. If the technology test goes well, another prototype will launch in 2015, with the first Arkyd 100 telescope launching the following year. Richard Crowther, chief engineer at the UK Space Agency, said that current UN treaties and conventions will be able to deal with any legal issues that arise from mining asteroids.

Higher Education

New Mexico State, Howard University Aim To Boost Minority Transfer, Retention In Engineering.

The Las Cruces (NM) Sun-News  (10/27, Sullivan) reports a three-year National Science Foundation grant for Broadening Participation in Engineering has launched cooperation between New Mexico State University and Howard University to recruit, catch up, and retain minority engineers from community colleges. Among the program’s key features is a Learn LaunchPad immersive summer course focused on innovation and entrepreneurship to develop research, analytical thinking, and problem-solving skills, as well as senior capstone design course. The piece details NMSU’s multipile transfer agreements with local community colleges, while the partnership will allow Howard University to adopt the NMSU transfer model.

Claremont Graduate University Awarded $3 Million STEM Education Grant.

The San Bernardino (CA) Sun  (10/25, Yarbrough) reports Claremont Graduate University has received a $3 million National Science Foundation grant to pay for the tuition of 15 future STEM teachers, as well as teaching credentials, master degrees, salary, and training for 9 master STEM teachers at the school.

Ohio State University Expands Engineering Program To Sophomores On Its Lima Campus.

WLIO-TV  Lima, OH (10/27, Ferguson) reports Ohio State University will begin offering sophomore engineering classes on its Lima Campus next fall. Presently only freshmen take classes there before transferring to the main campus. On Thursday, almost a dozen local businesses visited OSU Lima to provide more engineering opportunities to students in the way of internships and co-ops.

ED Gives Florida College Grants For Hispanic STEM Students.

The AP  (10/27) reports that ED is giving Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida “$7 million in grants to help Hispanic and other minority students who are pursuing high-demand science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related programs and careers.” The piece notes that the Title V grants “will help increase the number of Hispanic and other students pursuing degrees in the STEM fields and prepare them for careers in these growing sectors and post-baccalaureate computer science-related degrees.” The Winter Haven (FL) News Chief  (10/26) also covers this story.

Trial Set To Open In CCSF Accreditation Lawsuit.

The San Francisco Chronicle  (10/27, Asimov) reports that the trial over whether the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges acted legally in moving to strip City College of San Francisco of its accreditation opens on Monday. The article describes the stakes for an “audience of students, taxpayers, faculty and public officials” who are stakeholders in the case, and fleshes out the arguments in the “emotional debate over the value of a beloved college versus an accrediting commission’s right to hold it accountable.”

WPost: “Phony Classes” Scandal Leads To Questions About Value Of Degrees.

The Washington Post  (10/26) editorializes that the “phony classes” scandal at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows the need for “universities to hold themselves more accountable.” In the aftermath of more than 3,100 students receiving high grades for work they did not perform, the Post says it “see[s] pitfalls in government” mandated tests of college students abilities, but future students, parents paying for tuition, and “employers in search of workers all have a right to know what a degree is worth.”

Candidates Court Recent College Grads Without Jobs.

The Wall Street Journal  (10/27, Belkin, Subscription Publication) reports that politicians, especially Democrats, are increasingly courting recent college graduates who have struggled to find jobs amid high unemployment and record student debt. The Democrats’ strategy involves blaming the GOP for blocking a Democrat-sponsored bill to let borrowers refinance their student debt, according to the Journal. The strategy of targeting young voters may be a risky one, as young voters are among the least likely to vote. A recent WSJ/NBC News poll found that a mere 29 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds were very interested in this election, compared to 64 percent of those 65 and older.

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