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Medea - The making of a maker-space for open innovation, knowledge sharing, and peer-to-peer learning

Medea - The making of a maker-space for open innovation, knowledge sharing, and peer-to-peer learning | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Nilsson, Elisabet M. (2011). The making of a maker-space for open innovation, knowledge sharing, and peer-to-peer learning. In Sonvilla-Weiss, S. & Owen, K. (Eds.) Future Learning Spaces: Designs on ELearning Conference Proceedings, pp 293-298, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.


Keywords: maker-space, open lab, peer-to-peer learning, co-design, socio-cultural theories, social and technological innovation, co-production

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Midwestern colleges launch campuses built on public-private collaboration | Inside Higher Ed

"Innovation campuses" are springing up everywhere.

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Opinion surveys land universities in China in political trouble - University World News

Merely one of many academic issues to be dealt with as China expands its university research.

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University World News - US: New York campus bid to be innovation capital

University World News (US: New York campus bid to be innovation capital http://t.co/AZgBMJe9 #SCUP: A full article with an international slant.)...


More about the new science campus in New York City.

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UAB seeks new ideas through collaboration of students, teachers, public at The Edge of Chaos space

UAB seeks new ideas through collaboration of students, teachers, public at The Edge of Chaos space | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Alabama’s School of Public Health is into innovative naming, the advisory board for this renovation project of the fourth floor of Lister Hill Library is called The Naked Catfish. Speaking of the dean of the School of Public Health, Hannah Wollfson at The Birmingham News writes:


"Where there are bare floors and loose wires, he envisions a room full of brilliant minds -- UAB faculty and students, business and civic leaders and members of the public -- sharing ideas and coming up with solutions to local and global problems. ... 'For me, having the opportunity for people to get together to talk, to share ideas, to kind of stand around the water fountain, is really important,' ... [he] came up with the project after faculty members complained that they expended so much energy finding and fulfilling national grants they barely had time left simply to think.” ... 'We're busy working 60 to 80 hours a week; we're on a treadmill,' Michael said. 'If we're going to take advantage of this amazing intellectual capacity, you're going to need a space." ... The name was drawn from the book Where Good Ideas Come From, in which author Steven Johnson writes that innovation emerges in the space between order and randomness, which he called "the edge of chaos."

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NJIT president proposes collaborating with UMDNJ to create research lab in Newark

NJIT president proposes collaborating with UMDNJ to create research lab in Newark | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The notion for the facility, which would be called the Newark Laboratory for Life Sciences Innovation, is six months in the making but has not yet been discussed publicly..."

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Amazon.com: Knowledge Matters: The Public Mission of the Research University (A Columbia / SSRC Book) (9780231151146): Diana Rhoten, Craig Calhoun: Books...


"Knowledge Matters problematizes the concept of the public good and the public university and analyzes multiple challenges faced by universities. Several timely issues, such as the commodification of knowledge, are addressed from different theoretical perspectives and with different research objectives. Many chapters situate ongoing debates regarding the public character of the research university within a framework that emphasizes globalization dynamics, such as the pressure to adapt to transnational university rankings and national quality assurance schemes. Taken as a whole, this book offers theoretically provocative essays and a wealth of empirical material. An engaged and engaging scholarly effort."

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MSU Board of Trustees approves initial $20 million construction phase for FRIB

MSU Board of Trustees approves initial $20 million construction phase for FRIB | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The Michigan State University Board of Trustees on Friday approved the first construction phase for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), a half-billion-dollar project awarded to MSU by the federal government for nuclear research.


The board approved a $20 million budget for site preparation and excavation."

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Online Gamers Achieve First Crowd-Sourced Redesign of Protein: Scientific American

Online Gamers Achieve First Crowd-Sourced Redesign of Protein: Scientific American | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Gamers are now out-performing research scientists and have redesigned a protetin with crowdsourcing. Amazing. What will research look like in 10 years? Are we building labs for this?


"The researchers have previously reported successes by Foldit players in folding proteins, but the latest work moves into the realm of protein design, a more open-ended problem. By posing a series of puzzles to Foldit players and then testing variations on the players' best designs in the lab, researchers have created an enzyme with more than 18-fold higher activity than the original. The work was published January 22 in Nature Biotechnology.


"I worked for two years to make these enzymes better and I couldn't do it," says Justin Siegel, a post-doctoral researcher working in biophysics in Baker's group. 'Foldit players were able to make a large jump in structural space and I still don't fully understand how they did it.'"

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The Rise of the New Groupthink

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Collaboration is in. But it may not be conducive to creativity. (The Rise of the New Groupthink http://t.co/003lTHlk #SCUP: Backlash against collaboration.

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Amazon.com: Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation (9781594485381): Steven Johnson: Books

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

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"This sweeping study of the history of innovation breaks out the seven patterns of innovation like "the slow hunch" and "serendipity." It debunks the myth of the lone genius and presents the real-world dynamics and context that enable innovation. Johnson shows how understanding the roots of innovation can lead to our own creative breakthroughs."

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