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22 January 2015
Maths over Mourinho? Analytics over Ancelotti? Data analysis is now
commonplace in both the sporting and business worlds, but human decision
making still dominates in management, writes Professor
Tomas Chamorro Premuzic (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) in
the Guardian Creative Data blog.
A British volcanologist has won one of the most prestigious awards in
science – the Vetlesen Prize, which is considered to be the earth
sciences equivalent of the Nobel Prize. Stephen Sparks of the University
of Bristol will receive the £165,000 ($250,000) award for his
groundbreaking research into the workings of volcanoes, writes Robin Wylie (UCL Earth Sciences) in The Conversation.
16 January 2015
What on earth is going on in the oil market? Does the recent 60% collapse in oil prices in six months really reflect shifts in underlying supply and demand for crude oil? I’m afraid not, as I have been predicting for more than three years. Here’s what has really been happening, writes Chris Cook (UCL Institute for Security & Resilience Studies) in The Conversation.
15 January 2015
Climate change will cause all sorts of problems for humans in the
future. It could cause mass migration and conflict as people flee
flooded homes or arid farmland, and fight over ever more scarce
resources. It’ll mean economic slowdown as industries are hit and
societies cough up the money required to adapt to the new world. Climate
change will even affect your health, writes Andrew Papworth (UCL Geography) in The Conversation.
month’s results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) released a
wave of instant analysis. Conclusions were relayed with breathless
excitement. Universities claimed to be top of this or fastest-growing
says Professor Graeme Reid (Office of the UCL Vice-Provost,
Research) in Research Fortnight (£).
13 January 2015
I was recently asked by an incredulous
colleague why I was working in a Geography department. I answered that
geography was the study of ‘the who, the where, and the how, of the
past, present and future’. I followed this up suggesting our subject has a profound role to play
in both understanding and solving the great challenges of the 21st
century. Of which I would suggest global inequality, global poverty,
global security, environmental degradation and climate change are the
most pressing, writes Professor Mark Maslin (UCL Geography) in Geographical.
Tragedy in Paris overshadowed last week's London meeting between German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister, David Cameron. But it was clear enough that the very real friendship between
the two leaders did not amount to a meeting of minds on European
issues, writes Sir Stephen Wall (UCL European Institute) in BBC Online.
9 January 2015
I grew up with the drawings of Charb, Wolinski and Cabu. Their fearless
provocations have always seemed to me a necessary expression of the
fertility of French culture, writes Dr
Louisiane Ferlier (UCL Centre for Editing Lives & Letters) in The Guardian
Higher Education Network.
The huge salaries of school “super-heads” and some university vice-chancellors has once again come under fire, this time by MPs on the Public Accounts Committee. UK headteachers are among the highest paid in the world, with good pension packages, writes Professor
Peter Earley (UCL Institute of Education) in The Conversation.
7 January 2015
Some people might argue that the greatest moral challenge of our time is serious enough to justify deliberately tampering with our climate to stave off the damaging effects of global warming. Geoengineering, or “climate hacking”, to use its more emotive
nickname, is a direct intervention in the natural environments of our
planet, including our atmosphere, seas and oceans, writes Katelijn
Van Hende (UCL Australia) in The Conversation.
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