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American Institute of Physics awards UMD $1M to endow professorship in history of natural sciences
- 26 Apr 2019

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) has confirmed a $1 million pledge to the University of Maryland's College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU) to help uncover stories of scientific discovery while illuminating complex societal issues that scientists and scholars in the humanities both face.

The gift will establish an endowed professorship in the history of natural sciences and support the appointee's humanistic and scientific research and scholarship through a partnership with AIP's Center for History of Physics. Collaborations with AIP staff and Members Societies will encourage deeper insight into the nature and origin of the physical sciences and their impacts on society.

In addition to collaborating with AIP on conferences and public lectures, the appointee will have access to AIP's Niels Bohr Library and Archives, as well as the recently acquired Wenner Collection of rare books and manuscripts that contains nearly 4,000 books and publications documenting the important discoveries in physics and physical sciences going back 500 years.

The Wenner Collection is still being catalogued and integrated into the other treasures held at AIP's Niels Bohr Library and Archive, but AIP hopes the appointee will contribute to new ways of thinking about the collections.

A search is under way for a senior scholar to assume the professorship in fall 2019.

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Ex Libris' Research Professional Funding Insight service adds five sources
- 23 Apr 2019

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that its Research Professional Funding Insight service has added five sources to the database of awarded research grants.

Funding Insight is a subscription service that offers editorially curated news and data aimed at helping researchers decide which funding opportunities to apply for. The Funding Insight awards database provides researchers and research offices with information on hundreds of thousands of past award winners linked to current and future funding opportunities. This valuable information about funder trends, which dates back to the year 2000, can make the grant-application process more efficient and increase the success rate of such applications.

The following sources were recently added to the Research Professional Funding Insight database adding more than 50,000 enriched data records: Innovate UK; The Academy of Finland; The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF); Interreg Europe; and Additional data from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The expansion of the Research Professional Funding Insight service will assist researchers and research offices in focusing on funders that are the most relevant to their grant applications.

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New York University receives $527,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
- 22 Apr 2019

New York University has received a grant of $527,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a project to help ensure the preservation of complex new forms of digital scholarship. In the collaborative project, 'Enhancing Services to Preserve New Forms of Scholarship,' participating preservation service organisations will test the limits of their capabilities, using their existing tools or drawing on partnerships to preserve a series of increasingly complex works from participating scholarly publishers. The ultimate goal is a clearly defined range of currently preservable technologies, as well as a set of guidelines and best practices for the publishing field.

With NYU as lead, project partners NYU Press, Michigan Publishing, the University of Minnesota Press, Stanford University Press, and Vega Academic Publishing at Wayne State University will transfer content of varying complexity and formats to project partners CLOCKSS and Portico, two major preservation services. These organisations will analyse the content, assess what is the most appropriate preservation approach, and provide solutions that will make these new forms of content preservable. At the same time, NYU will work with the libraries of the University of Michigan and Duke University to explore questions arising from the nexus of scholarly communications organisations, intellectual property agreements, and preservation.

The NYU Division of Libraries comprises five libraries in Manhattan, one in Brooklyn, and one each in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. Its flagship, the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library on Washington Square, houses more than four million volumes and received 2.5 million visits last year. The Libraries' online catalogue provides access to a world of content, such as millions of book volumes, e-books, serial titles, oral histories, and documents from more than 43,000 linear feet of archives.

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Altmetric and Nature receive funding from Google Digital News Innovation
- 22 Mar 2019

Data science company Altmetric and multidisciplinary science journal Nature will receive funding from the Google Digital News Innovation Fund to build a novel tool for measuring the impact of journalism.

Journalism has an impact: news stories can drive policy change, trigger a resignation or investigation, inspire social media debate or launch a field of research. While it is standard to gauge reader numbers using analytic tools, it is much more difficult to measure these types of 'real-world' impact.To address this, Nature and Altmetric submitted a successful application to the Google Digital News Innovation fund, part of a major Google initiative in Europe to 'help journalism thrive in the digital age'.

With the funding, Altmetric and Nature will build a 'change the world impact tracker' - an innovative digital platform to track and curate the real-world impact of journalistic articles. They aim to develop article badges and dashboards displaying impact information to readers, editors, publishers and funders. This helps to demonstrate the value of journalism to readers, and helps to make the case that journalism is worth investing in.

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Northwestern University Press joins initiative to diversify academic publishing
- 01 Mar 2019

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a four-year, $1,205,000 grant to the University of Washington Press to support the continued development and expansion of the pipeline program designed to diversify academic publishing by offering apprenticeships in acquisitions departments.

This new grant will provide for three annual cycles of editorial fellows at six university presses: Northwestern University Press, the University of Washington Press, the MIT Press, Cornell University Press, the Ohio State University Press and the University of Chicago Press.

The new grant builds on the success of the initial 2016 grant from the Mellon Foundation, which funded the first cross-press initiative of its kind in the US to address the marked lack of diversity in the academic publishing industry. Graduates of the first fellowship program hold professional positions at university presses across the country, including Columbia University Press, the MIT Press, University of Virginia Press, the Ohio State University Press and the University of Washington Press. In addition, for the four participating presses, the initial grant expanded applicant pools, improved outreach to underrepresented communities, created more equitable preliminary screening practices in hiring and enabled dedicated attention to diversity, equity and inclusion overall.

The 2016 grant also served as a catalyst for broader changes at the partner presses and within the Association of University Presses (AUPresses) as a larger organisation.

The new grant offers opportunities for more sustained engagement with issues of diversity, equity and inclusion among the new partner presses and the university press community more broadly.

The first and second grants combined provide for a total of 30 fellows in six years, which will generate marked shifts in acquisitions staff across university presses not possible without this kind of dedicated funding.

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