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Paying Professors: Inside Google’s Academic Influence Campaign - WSJ
By Brody Mullins and Jack Nicas

Paying for favorable academic research has long been a tool of influence by U.S. corporations in food, drug and oil industries. Scandals involving conflicts of interest in medical research have spurred many medical schools, scientific researchers and journals to require disclosure of corporate funding and to prohibit corporate sponsors from meddling with findings......Google’s strategic recruitment of like-minded professors is one of the tech industry’s most sophisticated programs, and includes funding of conferences and research by trade groups, think tanks and consulting firms, according to documents and interviews with academics and lobbyists.
academia  campaign  Colleges_&_Universities  education  influence  lobbying  professors  research 
july 2017 by jerryking
Universities’ AI Talent Poached by Tech Giants - WSJ
By DANIELA HERNANDEZ and RACHAEL KING
Nov. 24, 2016

Researchers warn that tech companies are draining universities of the scientists responsible for cultivating the next generation of researchers and who contribute to solving pressing problems in fields ranging from astronomy to environmental science to physics.

The share of newly minted U.S. computer-science Ph.D.s taking industry jobs has risen to 57% from 38% over the last decade, according to data from the National Science Foundation. Though the number of Ph.D.s in the field has grown, the proportion staying in academia has hit “a historic low,” according to the Computing Research Association, an industry group.

Such moves could have a long-term impact on the number of graduates available for teaching positions because it takes three to five years to earn a doctorate in computer science. ....The squeeze is especially tight in deep learning, an AI technique that has played a crucial role in moneymaking services like online image search, language translation and ad placement,
Colleges_&_Universities  poaching  Alphabet  Google  Stanford  artificial_intelligence  Facebook  machine_learning  talent_pipelines  research  PhDs  deep_learning  war_for_talent  talent 
november 2016 by jerryking
Anh Nguy: Research Is Her Recipe - The New York Times
ocations
As told to PATRICIA R. OLSEN

Q. What do you do as a culinologist for Ingredion?

A. Culinology is a fusion of culinary arts and food science. Culinologists typically create food concepts for food companies and restaurants that end up on store shelves and menus. We are also known as research chefs. People come to Ingredion for the ingredients we manufacture, like starches, texturizers and sweeteners, or to collaborate on a product. I work on both types of projects in our professional test kitchen, and I also give presentations to potential customers. I’ll ask them if they want natural ingredients, a gluten-free product and so forth.
commercial_kitchens  food  career_paths  research  OPMA  foodservice  flavours  food_science  recipes  manufacturers  niches  Toronto  clusters  innovation  chefs 
november 2015 by jerryking
At Your Service
Autumn 2013 | University of Toronto Magazine| By Janet Rowe.

Personal librarians help first-year students understand U of T’s libraries....For students who haven’t been assigned a personal librarian, Vine offers an insider secret. “One of my favourite ‘hidden’ resources is a set of bibliographies on many subjects,” she says. “Prepared by experts, each item has an abstract that can help you figure out if the article is suitable for your assignment – a big time-saver for busy students. The trick is to look under ‘Oxford Bibliographies Online’ in the library catalogue.” Bonus: many paywall-protected articles are free when accessed through the library website.
personal_libraries  libraries  uToronto  curation  Colleges_&_Universities  research  paywalls  hidden  personalization  outreach  expertise 
november 2013 by jerryking
Search on IDEAS
IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

"fresh produce" and data
search  research  U.S._Federal_Reserve 
march 2013 by jerryking
Some speculative truth about Canada’s new gun crime - The Globe and Mail
Jul. 20 2012 | The Globe and Mail | James Sheptycki.

So we have a poisonous mixture: A pistolized culture of masculinity. A socio-economic structure of exclusion. An illicit opportunity structure in the market for illegal drugs. And rising levels of gun availability on the streets.

There is probably even more to it than that, since society’s reactions are often one-sided. Some people advocate cracking down on the drug economy. Some advocate drug decriminalization. Some say banning guns or bullets will work, or that we need stiffer penalties. Others want better social programs.

These policy struggles, playing out in the context of fiscal crisis, are most often discussed in hyper-masculine terms. Looking for the cheapest bang for the buck, we end up “combatting gangs” or “fighting crime” while going to “war on drugs.”

These amount to attempts at repression. But repression does not solve problems; it displaces them. This suggests that the solutions become part of the problem.

This issue is extremely complex, but these speculations are the start of a plausible explanation to what has been taking place in Canada for some time. But they are only a start.

There is a demand for quick and easy solutions, and the solutions had better be cost-effective and inexpensive. There is impatience when the response from academic criminologists is for further research.

But in the face of such complexity, and to test our understanding, Canadians need to demand evidence-based policymaking. Rationality and reason are required, as well as political will. Gut instinct is no good.
Toronto  violence  evidence_based  research  criminality  masculinity  illicit  drugs  economy  social_exclusion  guns  gut_feelings  policymaking 
july 2012 by jerryking
Dialing For Growth
OCTOBER 30, 2006 | BusinessWeek |By Jack and Suzy Welch
Jack and Suzy Welch

A red flag here, however. Visiting companies to watch them in action can be great, but the exercise is pointless unless your own people are ready to embrace outside ideas. If they're not, some adjustment to your culture is probably necessary. To do that, you've got to kill any not-invented-here syndrome floating around your organization and replace it with a new value of open-mindedness. You can jump-start that process by using praise, money, and promotions to celebrate employees who find outside ideas and bring them back home. Before you know it, you'll find yourself deluged with good ideas from every quarter.
Jack_Welch  GE  advice  growth  not-invented-here  benchmarking  research  research_methods  learning_journeys 
april 2012 by jerryking
The Really Smart Phone - WSJ.com
APRIL 23, 2011 | WSJ | By ROBERT LEE HOTZ.

The Really Smart Phone
Researchers are harvesting a wealth of intimate detail from our cellphone data, uncovering the hidden patterns of our social lives, travels, risk of disease—even our political views.

"We have turned society into a laboratory where behavior can be objectively followed."
mobile  privacy  research  statistics  technology  patterns  data  smartphones  mobile_phones  MIT  online_behaviour  behavioural_targeting 
october 2011 by jerryking
Top secret institute comes out of the shadows to recruit top talent
Sep. 05, 2011 | The Globe and Mail | Colin Freeze. While this
“signals-intelligence” agency has its own stable of hundreds of code
makers and code crackers, it often finds itself needing periodic
infusions of cutting-edge academic work to stay current. So, two years
ago, the CSEC hired Hugh Williams, who some describe as a “rock star”
mathematician at the University of Calgary, to lead the effort to put
together the Tutte Institute. Last year, the spy agency built a home for
the institute on its sprawling Ottawa campus.
mathematics  security_&_intelligence  CSE  cryptology  Colleges_&_Universities  espionage  talent  Ottawa  research  sigint 
october 2011 by jerryking
Drugs That Are as Smart as Our Diseases | Mind & Matter - WSJ.com
SEPT.17, 2011 | WSJ | By MATT RIDLEY. The very opposite of
Moore's Law is happening at the downstream end of the R&D pipeline.
The number of new molecules approved per billion dollars of
inflation-adjusted R&D has declined inexorably at 9% a year and is
now 1/100th of what it was in 1950....

Drugs must be designed to nudge whole networks rather than single
targets. e.g., to develop a treatment for the hospital infection
Clostridium difficile, e-Therapeutics drew a sort of spider's web of how
all the proteins on the outside of the bacterium interacted. From that
web, they identified crucial nodes in the network and, by trial and
error, selected a combination of molecules that could attack those
nodes.

A similar approach is showing promise for cancer and even neurological
disease. It means hitting multiple targets simultaneously, the targets
chosen by network analysis. Where diseases are complex, the cures will
be complex, too.
drugs  pharmaceutical_industry  R&D  decline  research  cancers  networks  complexity  disease  biochemistry  Moore's_Law  molecules  trial_&_error  multiple_targets  Clostridium_difficile 
september 2011 by jerryking
Institutional Challenges of Interdisciplinary Research Centers
Fall 2007 | Journal of Research Administration. Washington:
Vol. 38, Iss. 2 | Sherry Glied, Suzanne Bakken, Allan Formicola,
Kristine Gebbie, Elaine L Larson.
interdisciplinary  ProQuest  Colleges_&_Universities  research  Freshbooks 
june 2011 by jerryking
The Need for Small Business Research : Sage Research Methods Online
Researching the Small Enterprise

James Curran & Robert A. Blackburn

Pub. date: 2001
small_business  research  challenges  Freshbooks 
may 2011 by jerryking
The Big Problems with Small Business Research
22 Mar 2000 | Business Week | Business Week Online Reporter
Jeremy Quittner spoke with Richard W. Oliver, professor of management
at Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management, who led
the team that produced "The Future of Small Business," a study sponsored
by American Express, IBM, and National Small Business United, a
small-business advocacy group. The study, released in March 2000,
focused on how changing demographics in the U.S. will affect small
business.
small_business  research  challenges  Freshbooks 
may 2011 by jerryking
Economic Impact Analysis: A Case Study ,
Dec. 2002 | Liveable City| by Civic Economics

Economic impact
economics  research  case_studies  filetype:pdf  media:document 
march 2011 by jerryking
The impact of impact research
04 May 2009 | Bigger Picture Research: | About economic impact
economics  research  films 
march 2011 by jerryking
Google Asserts Its Worth to the U.S. Economy
By Mathew Ingram May. 25, 2010 | GigaOM | Assessing economic impact
Freshbooks  Google  value_creation  Hal_Varian  economics  research  Mathew_Ingram 
may 2010 by jerryking
Driving ideas to success with plan for profit
March 31, 2008 | Western News | By Paul Wells, BA'89.
Research works best when its only spur is the curiosity and energy of
thoughtful investigators with the tools to follow hunches. But the
product of their work - ideas - is likeliest to leave the lab when it is
pulled out by entrepreneurs who have an eye on the market. It's
important to get that balance right. It's pointless to fund only
research that looks likely to pay off. You can't know which ideas will
pay off. But new ideas won't go anywhere without competent managers to
implement them. Roger Martin at the University of Toronto's Rotman
School of Management has persuasively demonstrated that if Canada has
fewer high-tech industries than the United States, it's not because
we're doing less science, it's because we have a smaller
university-trained management class. Western's Ivey School of Business
is a big part of the solution, not part of the problem.
UWO  Ivey  Rotman  Roger_Martin  Paul_Wells  curiosity  commodities  natural_resources  research  R&D  entrepreneurship  commercialization  management 
may 2010 by jerryking
China Drawing High-Tech Research From U.S. - NYTimes.com
March 17, 2010 | New York Times | By KEITH BRADSHER. Companies —
and their engineers — are being drawn here more and more as China
develops a high-tech economy that increasingly competes directly with
the United States...For years, many of China’s best and brightest left
for the United States, where high-tech industry was more cutting-edge.
But Mark R. Pinto is moving in the opposite direction.Mr. Pinto is the
first CTO of a major American tech company to move to China.
China  green  reverse_innovation  research  Applied_Materials  heritage_migration  Xi’an  cleantech  emigration  brain_drain  the_best_and_brightest 
march 2010 by jerryking
jared spool on user research methods
July 15, 2005 | Adaptive path | by Peter Merholz
research  testing  usability  ux  methods 
january 2010 by jerryking
Put Money 101 on the curriculum
Nov. 05, 2009 | Report on Business | by Rob Carrick. The
Ontario government said this week that kids in grades four through 12
will learn about money management starting in 2011, and a federal task
force was launched last summer to find ways to improve financial
literacy. Research commissioned by the Investor Education Fund (IEF), a
not-for-profit offshoot of the Ontario Securities Commission. The point
of the study, which involved about 850 people aged 20 to 34, was to
figure out how young adults learn in an online world. An emphasis was
placed on how they learn what they need to know to handle life events
like having a child or buying a home.
UFSC  financial_literacy  research 
november 2009 by jerryking
MLA Citation Style
Website
Lynch, Tim. "DSN Trials and Tribble-ations Review." Psi Phi: Bradley's
Science Fiction Club. 1996. Bradley University. 8 Oct. 1997
reference  writing  research  howto  English  citations  bibliography 
november 2009 by jerryking
How Long Does It Take To Build A Technology Empire? - Venture Capital Dispatch - WSJ
August 25, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | By Scott Austin. How Long Does It Take To Build A Technology Empire?
business  technology  entrepreneurship  VC  growth  finance  research  start_ups 
september 2009 by jerryking
Teen turns heads
Jul. 14, 2009 | The Globe & Mail | Susan Krashinsky
Morgan_Stanley  research  youth  Web_2.0 
july 2009 by jerryking
ScienceDirect - Journal of Business Venturing : Penurious strategies for parsimonious research: “Little guy” alternatives for “big-buck” research*1
Entrepreneurship research is in a transition stage. New research and policy vistas have been opened up by the very recent emergence of big-science, "big-buck" databases. In the past 12 months, physics had 2 remarkable jolts: 1. The federal government made an unprecedented financial and technological commitment to develop the superconducting supercollider in Texas. 2. Chemists Pons and Fleischmann reported creating cold fusion in a low-cost experiment. In entrepreneurship research, large nonrepresentative samples generally are samples of convenience, drawn from trade or industry groups, because they were readily available to the researcher. These data can suffer from self-selection. The guiding principle for penurious strategizing in entrepreneurship research is to explicitly consider quality in the design of research. Two beliefs regarding this principle are: 1. It is possible to do high-quality work by building on the high-quality works of others. 2. There are questions of tremendous significance that can be addressed by low-cost research methods.
research  small_business  strategies  market_research  parsimony  low-cost  high-quality 
june 2009 by jerryking
The End of Medical Miracles? - WSJ.com
JUNE 1, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | By TEVI TROY. Scientific discoveries are neither inevitable nor predictable.
life_sciences  risks  discoveries  R&D  research 
june 2009 by jerryking
Jesse Dylan Experiments With Science - WSJ.com
APRIL 3, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by AMY DOCKSER MARCUS.
Dylan specializes in helping medical and research institutions use
videos to connect more closely to the general public. e.g. He's working
to assist a project called Harvard Catalyst, which aims at increasing
scientific innovation throughout the university.
research  innovation  dylan  science_&_technology  web_video  harvard  medical  Colleges_&_Universities 
may 2009 by jerryking
SENSEable City
The real-time city is now real! The increasing deployment of
sensors and hand-held electronics in recent years is allowing a new
approach to the study of the built environment. The way we describe and
understand cities is being radically transformed - alongside the tools
we use to design them and impact on their physical structure. Studying
these changes from a critical point of view and anticipating them is the
goal of the SENSEable City Laboratory, a new research initiative at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
mit  cities  SENSEable  urban  research  networks  sensors  smart_cities  real-time 
april 2009 by jerryking
NYPL Express E-Notes
NYPL Express, a division of The New York Public Library,
provides research services and worldwide document retrieval to the
corporate community and independent researchers. Details on setting up
an account and further information on services are available on our
website.
Email: express@nypl.org
Phone: 212-592-7200 or toll-free 1-800-456-NYPL(6975)
Fax: 212-592-7215
Web: http://www.nypl.org/express
research  tools  libraries 
april 2009 by jerryking
Value play or value trap? Start by looking at the customers
Saturday, February 24, 2007 | The Globe & Mail | AVNER
MANDELMAN

Article reinforces the importance of industry analysis. "the quality of
the business." Some businesses are good, some businesses are not good,
and some are downright lousy".
Avner_Mandelman  research  analysis  industries  value_investing/investors 
march 2009 by jerryking
Hedge Funds Join Grains Rally - WSJ.com
FEBRUARY 26, 2007 | The Wall Street Journal | by TOM POLANSEK

Hedge funds may start taking a bigger role in the booming grains markets seeking investments that aren't correlated to traditional stock and bond markets. "Starting in the late 19th century, companies like General Mills began buying local grain elevators and building facilities as a way to maintain better control of their supplies, says Bruce Selyem,
founder of the Country Grain Elevator Historical Society."
hedge_funds  grains  food_crops  research  agribusiness  agriculture  farming  commodities  correlations  19th_century 
march 2009 by jerryking
FT.com / Home UK / UK - A rummage in the corporate attic
July 24, 2008, Financial Times, pg. 10, article by Alicia
Clegg details how commemorative research can benefit a company
commercially with image and marketing. References Bruce Weindruch,
founder, of the History Factory, a consultancy offering "heritage
management services".
archives  branding  business_archives  commemoration  historians  history  heritage  organizational_culture  research  storytelling 
march 2009 by jerryking
Seeking an Edge, Big Investors Turn to Network of Informants - WSJ.com
NOVEMBER 27, 2006 WSJ article by LAURIE P. COHEN profiling Mark
Gerson and his research firm, Gerson Lehrman. The firm is an
information broker to hedge funds and private-equity firms. These
private investment firms, which are loosely regulated, have Gerson
Lehrman Group, for information they hope will provide them with an
investing edge
research  investing  information  Gerson_Lehrman  proprietary  inequality_of_information  scuttlebutt  due_diligence  expert_networks  market_intelligence  slight_edge  private_information 
march 2009 by jerryking
globeandmail.com - Still plenty of wallflowers at the social
July 19, 2007 G&M article by Joanne Pachner, special to the
G&M, on how marketers are going about trying to exploit the social
web, but experiencing challenges in doing so.
Web_2.0  marketing  research  social_networking 
january 2009 by jerryking
Mergers' India Connection
June 14, 2007 article by Kate Kelly on Merrill Lynch purchasing a stake in Copal Partners.
investment_banking  research  Copal_Partners 
january 2009 by jerryking

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