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T.A. Abinandanan
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Professor of Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
Professor of Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

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Some pics from Prime Minister Modi visit to our Institute today. He participated in several events before he arrived for lunch at the Reception Hall of our Main Building. Most of the pics here are from before the lunch, with the final few just after the lunch -- you can see some of our faculty members taking selfies with him! 
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2015-02-18-Prime Minister Modi's Visit to IISc
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A very good report from Inside HigherEd which unearths a lot of details about Walter Lewin's harassment of women in his MITx MOOC. 
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If you are into Fourier series, you will like this one a lot!
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Really beautiful 3D animation of the Rosetta mission.
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The Community page for the IISc Alumni Global Conference is now open. 
IISc Alumni Global Conference 2015

We are pleased to announce that the third edition of IISc Alumni Global Conference will be held during 26-28 June 2015 right here at IISc!  

V K Aatre and N Balakrishnan have been requested to be the Chair and Co-Chair, respectively. S. Mohan and Babu Sathian are the Conveners. 

The topics to be covered in the Conference include (and we are open to suggestions):

Brain Research
Undergraduate Programme at IISc
Mind to Market: Translational Research 
International Ranking
Research in Chemistry
High Performance Computing and Big Data Analytics
Excelling in Science

This First Announcement seeks your views on the coverage: we look forward to your views and suggestions for adding / deleting topics. 

All the alumni are requested to join the group and follow further developments.
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IISc Alumni Global Conference 2015

We are pleased to announce that the third edition of IISc Alumni Global Conference will be held during 26-28 June 2015 right here at IISc!  

V K Aatre and N Balakrishnan have been requested to be the Chair and Co-Chair, respectively. S. Mohan and Babu Sathian are the Conveners. 

The topics to be covered in the Conference include (and we are open to suggestions):

Brain Research
Undergraduate Programme at IISc
Mind to Market: Translational Research 
International Ranking
Research in Chemistry
High Performance Computing and Big Data Analytics
Excelling in Science

This First Announcement seeks your views on the coverage: we look forward to your views and suggestions for adding / deleting topics. 

All the alumni are requested to join the group and follow further developments.

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One of the difficulties that stands in the way of anybody who wants to do anything about the extortionate cost of scientific journals is lack of information: the big publishers insist on confidentiality clauses, so that we do not know what our universities are paying for their journals (though all the evidence is that it is a huge amount). The post linked to below is rather long, but the gist of it is that I have been trying to collect information about Elsevier. If you're in a hurry, then almost certainly the part you'll find most interesting is the result of Freedom of Information requests I made to 24 top British universities. Amazingly, 18 of them (and counting) ended up telling me what they are paying per year. Also, one of them gave the information to somebody else, so we know about 19. I hope that this is just the start. I especially hope that people in other countries with FOI legislation will try to use it.

I do recommend reading some of the accompanying explanation as well as the figures themselves, as it is possible to jump to incorrect conclusions if all you have to go on is the raw numbers. But the raw numbers are quite interesting ...
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