Today’s physics news: Ashoke Sen: India’s first million-dollar scientist, and more
Ashoke Sen: India’s million-dollar scientist
Indian scientist Ashoke Sen became a millionaire overnight when he won the $3m (£1.9m) Fundamental Physics Prize, the world’s most lucrative academic award, recently. Science writer Pallava Bagla speaks to the physicist. Ashoke Sen is an Indian particle physicist working from a laboratory in the Harish-Chandra Research Institute in the town of Allahabad in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
University tuition fees ‘affecting applications’ says panel
The rise in university tuition fees in England is having an impact on applications, an expert panel has said. The Independent Commission on Fees says there has been “a clear drop” in English students applying, compared with those from the rest of the UK. The panel, headed by writer and academic Will Hutton, adds there has been no relative fall in applications from poorer areas.
Dearth of skills and lack of will
Many students struggle with the mathematical content of their university courses, a study has found. The research, carried out by academics from the universities of Manchester and Nottingham and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, found that the pressure on schools to improve exam results meant that they neglected to teach students how to apply maths in practice.