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By Paul Jensen and Elizabeth Webster | Published: July 22, 2014
Australia allocates around A$9 billion a year of taxpayers’ money for research, but how do we know if that money is being spent wisely?
By Michael A. White | Published: July 22, 2014
Trying to measure the benefits of scientific research using traditional business-oriented metrics may not be the best tool in our shed, argues Michael White.
By British Academy | Published: July 21, 2014
The British Academy last week elected a full slate of distinguished UK academics from 19 universities as fellows for 2014. The 42 new fellows span the full range of the British Academy’s subject areas across the humanities and social sciences, from history to psychology, economics to law, literature to philosophy and languages to archaeology. These [...]
By David Prosser | Published: July 21, 2014
Now that Greg Clark, has begun his tenure as the new UK minister for universities, science, and cities, the London School of Economics Impact of Social Science blog asked for further reflections on the positions taken by previous minister, David Willetts. David Prosser of the Research Libraries UK covers the dramatic influence Willetts had on open access legislation and momentum in the UK.
By Organizing Committee of the Future of the Statistical Sciences Workshop | Published: July 21, 2014
After Big Data, one of the most controversial topics in statistics workshop is the problem of reproducibility in scientific research.
By Jordan Gaines Lewis | Published: July 18, 2014
Another cherished myth bites the dust. The makers of the new movie "Lucy" aside, we already use all of of brain, and not just a tenth of it.
By Organizing Committee of the Future of the Statistical Sciences Workshop | Published: July 18, 2014
In the first of a series of excerpts from a just released report summarizing 2013's International Year of Statistics' London conference, we look at one of the down sides of Big Data.
By SAGE | Published: July 18, 2014
“We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference.” – Nelson Mandela Five years ago today, the United Nations General Assembly made the unanimous decision to recognize July 18 as Nelson Mandela International Day. It was inspired by a call to action made by [...]
By Golden Goose Award | Published: July 17, 2014
Three economists who used federal funding to research highly theoretical work on game theory and auctions are being honored with Golden Goose Awards for the highly practical application of their work that enabled the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to auction off the nation’s telecommunications spectrum in a way that maximized fairness and efficiency in the marketplace.
By Robert Dingwall | Published: July 16, 2014
What does the Facebook emotional contagion study really tells us about research ethics? Perhaps, argues Robert Dingwall, that its time to deregulate public social science.