Developing a Global Education Ethos: We've teamed up with Think Global UK Japan

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Think Global UK Japan is a the first UK-Japan Forum on International Perspectives in Education, and will host its first events in Japan during August 2015. The aims of this organisation is to facilitate an exchange of ideas between Japanese and British teachers, to encourage a global outlook in the classroom, for both students and teachers, to embed a global perspective in teacher professional development in Japan and the UK, and to promote gender equality in education and in global leadership

During the events this August, teachers from the UK and Japan will meet in forums and seminars in Fukushima, Kyoto and Tokyo. They will exchange ideas and resources about how to encourage and develop a global ethos among teachers and students with the aim of developing a programme of forums in the UK and in Japan, and to offer seminars and training for teachers.

Today’s guest blog post comes from this new Mendeley partner as we work to support the development of a global education ethos to benefit both teachers and students.

The Think Global UK Japan Project is delighted to team up with Mendeley, who will be sponsoring their venture in Japan this summer, and working together for future events in the UK. Lizzy Murdock, Head of Biology at a London school and member of the Think Global team, came across Mendeley at a Pint of Science event and instantly saw the opportunity for a productive partnership with them.

There is a demand for access to research papers among teachers in the UK, and the need for a network to share this information. Mendeley could help bridge the gap between research institutions and schools, and allow teachers and researchers to communicate directly and share ideas. It could also easily allow this collaboration to happen on an international level, and offer a forum for discussion around areas of common interest and the research that informs these interests.

The Think Global team will be in Japan this August delivering workshops at three venues – in Fukushima, Kyoto and Tokyo. The workshops are for Japanese teachers and are all based on the theme of global citizenship and international awareness. The members of the Think Global team will be exploring these ideas through the perspectives of science, languages, humanities and technology. Representatives of Japanese universities will also be present at the workshops, and the team hope to build link with teacher training colleges and other Higher Education establishments as well as with schools across Japan.

There is a long history of research collaboration between the UK and Japan, extending back to the Meiji era when small groups of Japanese came to study at UCL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/about/japanese-pioneers . This project is a direct descendant of those programmes 150 years ago. It evolved naturally from the UK Japan Young Scientist Workshops, where British and Japanese students get together at top research institutions in the UK and Japan (such as Cambridge and Kyoto universities) to participate in real research projects with scientists. The teachers accompanying the students started to discuss teaching and learning in the two countries and saw the need for a separate event to develop ideas and share resources. This year sees the launch of the Think Global project, but there are already plans for a series of conferences and workshops in the UK next year, and talk of extending the programme so that in the future it is truly global. One way of doing this will be through the creation of an online forum for discussion for teachers.

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If you are interested in finding out more about the Think Global UK Japan Forum, please have a look at our website, or contact the organiser at rgallagher@thomas-hardye.net.

An advocate for encouraging more women into scientific research and STEM careers, in Japan Lizzy will be discussing how we can promote the sciences to girls as educators. Excitingly, the project will also be linking up with the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo – a global forum for discussion on how to promote “a society where women shine”. If you are interesting in this aspect of the project or in her workshop on bridging the gap between high school and university science, then contact her at e.murdock@skhs.net.

Congratulations July Advisor of the Month – Mohammed Mousa

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Congratulations to our July Advisor of the Month, Mohammed Mousa. Mohammed is a final year medical student at Suez Canal University (Ismailia, Egypt). After his graduation from medical school, he’ll obtain the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) degree.

During his degree, he has contributed to published research on brain injury admittance and astigmatism treatments at Suez Canal University Hospital.

Mohammed took some time from his final year studies and hospital rounds to tells us how he moved from manual reference management to Mendeley, and why he enjoys working in research.

How did you get into your field and what is your research story?
Every year in our medical school we are subdivided into small groups, each group has to conduct a research project. I was a team leader for 3 successive years and, fortunately, all projects my team conducted were chosen as one of the best research projects in our school. We presented our work in 4 national conferences, participation in these conferences have helped me a lot in building a good network of colleagues from different places with different experiences who have the same interest in research. I think this helped me a lot in boosting my research skills. We also presented one of our research projects in The MacroTrend Conference on Health and Medicine: Paris 2013.

Where do you do your research/work the best? What kind of environment suits you? 
I like to work with friendly, enthusiastic, collaborative and creative colleagues. I think working in such environment will help us to have a good final outcome.

2How long have you been on Mendeley and what were you using prior to Mendeley?
Prior to Mendeley, I was writing references manually. It was a very challenging and tough job. I tried to use Endnote for a while but 1 year ago, I started using Mendeley.

How does Mendeley influence your research?
Now I’m very dependent on Mendeley. It’s easy to use software and saved a lot of my time. Also, it gives me a flexibility in my work.

Why did you decide to become an Advisor and how are you involved with the program?
When I started using Mendeley, I found that I have saved a lot of time and effort. I wanted to share this experience with all my colleagues who are interested and work in the field of research to help them in their own work.

What academic/researcher/librarian would you like to work with or meet, dead or alive?
I’d like to meet Professor Mario Capecchi. He is a great researcher.

What book are you reading at the moment and why?
At this moment, I’m reading a book titled Principles and Practice of Clinical Research because I want to boost my research skills and knowledge.

1What is the best part about working in research?
I think the one the best parts of medical research is finding answers to your own or others’ questions. Also, you can add to the existing knowledge or even discover a new thing that wasn’t known before and I hope I can work in something like in the future.

And the worst/most challenging part about working in research?
Lack of resources is the main obstacle in research. You may have a very good research idea, but you can’t conduct this research idea due to lack of resources and lack of support. Another challenging part in research practice is patience. I think research is teaching us patience.

What is the one thing you want people to know about Mendeley?
If you are working in the field of research, Mendeley should be one of your close friends. It can save your time and improve the efficiency of your work.

Maintenance Announcement – August 1st, 2015

Dear Users,

Please be aware that due to essential maintenance work, on Saturday August 1, 2015 some users may not be able to access Mendeley services for approximately 4.5 hours between:

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Please check the World Clock Time Zone Converter (or a similar application) to convert the outage to your local time.

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We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thank you for using Mendeley.

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TEDxMRU: KNOW!

Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 17.13.22 “KNOW“ was the theme of the recently TEDxMRU (Vilnius, Lithuania), with the tag line: KNOW how to be present and ready for the future NOW!. This theme challenged attendees to reflect on today’s world and leave room to find their own answers to KNOWing how to stay present and be ready for the future NOW.

TEDxMRU’s aim was to spark  curiosity and provoke discussions by encouraging a search for new ideas and perspectives, which raise awareness about issues that make an impact on society (giving and receiving), education (constant learning and developing) and technologies (connecting the dots) NOW. The emphasis was on the future belonging to those who prepare for it NOW/today.

Since then, we’ve had a chance to speak to the winners of  the TEDxMRU Mendeley competition for best comments: Dovile Barzdaite (Mykolas Romeris University), Corneliu Munteanu (Academy of Economic Studies from Moldova), and Irena Alperyte (Mykolas Romeris University).

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Q: What did you talk about at TEDxMRU?

Irena: My main topic was creativity in every day life

Dovile: Suprisingly, I still feel TEDxMRU event, atmosphere and good emotions. I talked with many friends about this event and I shared things which inspired me there. During the event I wrote down some quotes, I am still thinking about it meaning and why did I write it down.

Corneliu: About TEDx I have only maximum intensity emotions, since I’ve participated in other national TEDx conferences…So I wanted to see the level of an TEDx event organized by the forces of one university. It was amazing…The main goal of TEDx events is to inspire… The MRU TED achieved this goal. I was left with only very big and positive feelings.

 

Q: What was it like competing at TEDxMRU?

Irena: nice to be heard and hear the others

Dovile: It was my first that kind of event. Therefore, I didn’t know what to expect, how excatly it works and so on. But I was suprised! Everything was well done, I saw how much work putted there. I didn’t see any mistakes. Every minute was like something new. I can easily give 9 points in 10 points scale.

Corneliu:  I haven’t felt the competion on the TEDx forum… I just expresed my thoughts…my ideas…about the speeches. It was interactive to agree/disagree or just comment something that I heard on the scene.

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Q: What did you take away / learn from the event?

Irena: optimism and motivation to go on; not to get stigmatized by mistakes

Dovile: I took a lot of inspiring thinking. During the event I wrote down some quotes, I am still thinking about it meaning and why did I write it down.

Corneliu: I learnt not to give up… To follow my dreams… To believe in my own forces and ideas… To be proactive and to take as much as possible from life.

 

Q: How did the Mendeley TEDxMRU Group effect your experience of the conference?

Irena: I felt the sense of the community for the first time at MRU.

Dovile: It was really nice to join that group and read all feedbacks after the event, see people who I saw during the event. This group can people contact with each other if them need something.

Corneliu: During the conference I had a lot of ideas/comments…that I wanted to share. Breaks were too small or may be u will not find the right person to discuss your ideas. Mendeley was a very nice platform were people are posting…and getting feedback! Thanks a lot Mendeley for getting involved in such events and giving opportunities!!! P.S. I am using a lot now Mendeley being quite grateful. This is what I was seeking!

“Mendeley accelerates our research projects!” – Dr Katja Kraemer gives us an insight into her Mendeley journey

We Mendeleyan, like hearing the great stories of our users. Today’s post comes from a very special user – Katja Kraemer: a researcher who was also a Mendeleyan for a while, meaning she knows Mendeley inside and out!

Here, Katja tells us about her Mendeley journey and the night she was finalising here thesis.

KatjaKreamerThursday, 8th of January, sometime when between 10 p.m. and midnight: To me, this Thursday evening will always be special, because it was the first time I realized that my PhD journey has almost come to an end! I was sitting in front of my laptop and one click away to export my thesis from Mendeley, which meant I could no longer edit and actively insert any citation, but start with the fine-tuning of the thesis.

However, this was also a moment of me thinking about the value of Mendeley. To me as researcher, Mendeley means an easy and efficient way to identify, collect and share knowledge. For each single research conversation I am contributing from and to, I am able to create folders with the relevant papers. I can add comments, sort them, and within these folders (some are now more than five years old), I am able to identify newly emerging topics and research gaps. The folders grew over the years and each of them is precious to me! I can easily start a research project and invite colleagues to groups that contain my folder content and I can also be invited to the folders of my colleagues. We are so much faster in starting a research project than about five years ago, because we do not necessarily have to collect a bunch of relevant literature anymore – because we already have it in our Mendeley collections.

At the Chair of Information Systems I in Nuremberg, where I carried out my PhD, we organized introductory sessions to Mendeley for our bachelor students at the beginning of the courses as they are just about to start with the analysis of scientific papers. Moreover, my colleagues and I always encourage students to dive deep into scientific conversations, when they have to write their bachelor or master thesis. In this way, Mendeley further enables us to ease the way for these students by sharing an initial set of papers with them.

On that Thursday evening I was also thinking about the steps before my time as research associate. When I was a business administration student, I got a job offer as a student research assistant at the Chair of Information Systems I in Nuremberg. I supported a group of researchers that dealt with a new phenomenon, which they called Social Research Network Sites (SRNS), Web 2.0 services for researchers. I supported the research activities about such sites and used one of those sites for organizing our research activities – Mendeley, the most innovative and useful tool in the eyes of my supervisors. During that time, I finished my studies, was interested in research, and somehow wanted to go abroad. Since I was doing research about Mendeley, using Mendeley, I thought “hey, why not applying for a job at Mendeley?” Five weeks later, in May 2010, I joined Mendeley! Now, while writing these lines, I am still fascinated by how fast researchers get used to services like Mendeley. I can hardly imagine working without Mendeley anymore.

Back in 2010, I met a young and dynamic Mendeley team. Every single team member was so enthusiastic and hands-on in their work attitude, helping each other in building and improving the tool. The team consisted of so many nationalities from Spain, Germany, New Zealand, Belgium, South Korea, and many more. Even though I was only a Mendeleyan for a very short time, I learned so many things and got to known so many great and special people – people that I am still in contact with. This network, and my Mendeley experiences, help me now as Post-Doc at the University of Lübeck, where I work at the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Business Development. As researcher I am more than grateful for the work of the Mendeley team and the service they offer!

So you see, quite a few thoughts for a Thursday evening in mid January 2015. However, there is one last thought, that came to my mind on that Thursday evening right before I clicked on the export-button: when I left, the Mendeleyans Kris and James, who are both PhDs, gave me the advice to go for a research gap that fascinates me, a topic which I can live with for a couple of years. In 2010, I thought “Ok, whatever that means.” In 2015, I thought “Oh man, how absolutely right they have been!”

Cheers, Katja

If you’d like to write a guest blog post about your experiences with Mendely, please contact the Mendeley Community Team.

From Pluto with love: New Horizon's Mission Update

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After almost 10 years and a more that 3 billion mile journey to Pluto… The latest updates from the NASA New Horizon’s probe have revealed some interesting formations on the dwarf planet. The above image, that was taken at 476,000 miles from the surface using the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) aboard the spacecraft, is the last image we will see prior to the closest approach tomorrow. The colour is revealed by combining lower-resolution colour information from the Ralph instrument also on board the spacecraft. Appropriately, the bright shape has been termed “heart”and measures approximately 1,000 miles wide. This region borders with darker terrains on either side, and the mottled terrain to its right (east) – at this resolution, much of the heart’s interior appears featureless, although we keenly await the post-flyby date for a closer look.

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In addition to the heart, other features of Pluto geology is proving to be an intriguing new world with distinct surface features, including an immense dark band known as the “whale”, as well as linear polygonal features; a complex band of terrain stretching across the planet that may be cliffs, as well as a circular feature that could be an impact crater. The grey area just above the whale’s “tail” feature is causing particular excitement for New Horizons program scientist Curt Niebur who said “It’s a unique transition region with a lot of dynamic processes interacting, which makes it of particular scientific interest.”

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New Horizons has also answered one of the long-asked questions about Pluto: How big is this dwarf planet? Analysis from LORRI revealed that Pluto is 1,473 miles in diameter, which is slightly larger than previous estimates, and confirms that Pluto is larger than all other known solar system objects beyond the orbit of Neptune. This result also tell us that Pluto’s density is slightly lower than previously thought, and the lowest layer of Pluto’s atmosphere (the troposphere) is shallower than previously believed.

In comparison, Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, lacks a substantial atmosphere, and its diameter was easier to determine using ground-based telescopes, however New Horizons has confirmed the previous estimation of Charon’s size of 751 miles across – roughly half that of Pluto. However, new data is revealing Charon’s geology including a system of chasms, larger than the Grand Canyon. This feature is trailed by a large equatorial impact crater, which is ringed by bright rays of ejected material.

With only a few hours to go until New Horizon’s whizzes past Pluto at 30,800 miles per hour, we’re excited to see the detailed features of Pluto final revealed as well as analysis of it’s atmosphere and composition.

You can follow the path of the spacecraft over coming days with a visualization of the actual trajectory data, using NASA’s online Eyes on Pluto

New Horizons: From research papers to Pluto

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NASA’s New Horizons mission is expected to reach its primary target, Pluto, on July 14th 2015! Mendeley was invited to NASA HQ to witness the close approach of Pluto on the day of this historic encounter.

To mark this amazing occasion and share our excitement, Paul Tavner at Mendeley has written a report – Examining the role of academic publishing in launching and learning from deep space missions! This report contains information about the discovery of Pluto and details of the New Horizons mission, as well as an analysis of collaborations and the measuring of scientific output – the aim of which is to shine a light on the incredible contributions made by scientists to this fantastic accomplishment.

The report is freely available online and download from here!