Gossypedia, vertigo of empty pages?

A Wiki function is added to our website

To see what is inside, just click on the related function at the panel in the left. As nothing has started, what you’ll see is almost blank.

At this stage, note that the tool used only enables three headings (book, chapter, page), but we can have as many books as desired. This technical limitation implies that each book will have to be quite dedicated.

Criteria for book dedication is to be decided. Should it be scientific discipline,?specific scientific topic? geographic region?…This is open to debate. Please contribute and give your mind about this.

How to move forward filling the empty pages?

Probably, the first decision is to decide what are the books to write (on which topic) and who would feel like participating to contribute.

GossyForum is here to help you interact about that.

How to integrate inputs and have them published?

We are still far from this stage and we have time to give clarification about that. What’s clear is that the access to integrate inputs is not free, it will be controlled. There will be also a process of validation before publication for sake of scientific rigour.

Member’s profile: content is more progressive and enriched

Little is asked at registration

Only very basic information is asked at registration. Once registered, any member can provide much more information about him/her, as we expect. Above all, any member has the possibility to inform about his research projects and publications.

Information on research projects

For each research project, only a handful of variables is asked. One of it is the URL of a website where one might have already informed more comprehensively about the project. I personally am using Cantool, something developed a few years ago and that I supervised (http://www.cantool.net/?locale=en) and which might be the unique existing tool to capitalize about research and/or development projects. Of course, anyone is free to keep on using the tools he/she has already selected.

Information on research publications

The same procedure is followed. The tool used is Slire, developed also a few years ago (http://www.cantool.net/?locale=en ). Of course, ICRA members can use a variety of tools to inform about their publications.

Feel free to go and have a look at my profile that I have started updating.

Post edition remains moderated

Every ICRA member can write a post

Writing a post has become easier than in the former version. It suffices to click on “WordPress content” at the panel in the left. This will lead you to the dashboard with limited functions. Identtify and click on “add New”

Text formating is more elaborated

For all of you who are familiar with Word or alike, you will see extended functions of heading text, selecting text color and so on. All icons of available formating or link possibilies are easy to understand.

Publication only after moderation

Once your oost is written, you can preview it and click on “submit for review”. Once review is implemented (by an administrator), your post becomes visible to anyone.

Your feedback on this procedure is welcome.

Subject of a post becomes a topic for forum

Writing Post is easy although moderation is maintained

How it worked in the former version

Only registered members can write posts, this is quite normal. However, it was necessary to pass through a dashboard that might appear obscurous to many.

How it works now

Just click on WorkPress content, then click on “Add New”, then write.

Any post has to be associated to at least one category. Categories are organized in two levels. It is recommended to select categorys of secondary level so as to make tagging more precise.

Most members, without holding a moderator role, cannot publish their posts immediately. Publication is subjected to moderation

What’s new

The new version contains an interaction between the tool used for the website and the tool for the forum function. So any new post is visible in the forum functinality (GossyForum) so that its contents is open for interaction or discussion among the whole ICRA community.

Feel free to test the interaction functionality: go and see this post in “Forum” and make comment.

First survey: Results

Short note on the results of the ICRA’s first survey

Out of 571 registered members, 142 have responded to the first survey which lasted from May 31 to June 10.
Detailed results are presented in the file “survey_illu.pdf” attached to this post.

Information obtained is as follows:
– Our current website remains visited not very frequently
– A forum function is found valuable, particularly if adapted to members’ desire
– A forum function should help the interaction between researchers regardless of geography, discipline and topic, and to which most responding members will contribute, provided that their registration enables them to be alerted of any addition to forum.
– Generational transfer is felt important to very important, because a majority of responding members claims to have benefitted from it, or have provided it, although only a minority was able to point out topics worth for generational transfer;
– Almost all responding members find important to keep memory of how technical issues have emerged and how technical solutions have been carried out.
– Generational transfer should also address socio-economic issues
– It is desired that ICRA website contains a function destined to generational transfer…
– …although a small minority indicates what would be topics or solutions worth for generational transfer…
– …and the ideas they have given ((files TopicsWorthTransfer.pdf and SolutionsWorthTransfer) and show that
– Most responding members find valuable that ICRA helps know who’s who in cotton research, notably on members’ careers and on their research projects somewhat comprehensively
– Responding members do not have dominating idea on how ICRA should help them to keep record of their research projects, and most do not know any existing tool for that
– The same applies to the recording of members’ papers, not to be addressed comprehensively although not limited to peer-reviewed papers
– A search engine must be integrated into the Who’s who function, and export of search results must be made possible, for which pdf format is found acceptable
– Respondents find valuable that ICRA sets up a stock exchange of offers and demands for collaborative activities, to which most respondents find potential interest, provided that demands and offers are somewhat comprehensively characterized and registration enables to be alerted of new items
– Almost all respondents want the information on events to be maintained in ICRA website, with more information, notably on ICRA members’ attendance to announced events
– Respondents are happy with the current ICRA logo, and find the website attractive
– Only a few respondents have found there were issues that ICRA should additionally address, although ideas they have provided remain vague (file IssuesNotAddressedByIcra.pdf)
– Respondents are in majority male researchers, well distributed between age cohorts, but the distribution according to the cotton research experience is somewhat at the expense of the younger colleagues.
– Most respondents are affiliated to networks like Research Gate and LinkedIn (less in Academia)
– Fifty of them have claimed their availability to assist the ICRA Executive Committee, occasionally or not, and have provided their email addresses to be contacted.

Michel FOK
Executive Committee

Job Opportunity Assistant/Associate Professor Position in Plant Breeding (Emphasis on Cotton and Small Grains)

The Department of Plant and Soil Science, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas seeks candidates for an assistant/associate professor position in plant breeding with an emphasis on cotton, sorghum, and millet. This will be a 9-month, tenure-track position.

Candidates are expected to establish an outstanding teaching and grant-supported research program in basic and applied studies on plant breeding.  Willingness to collaborate with other plant breeders, plant geneticists, and genomists dealing with crops and horticultural plants at Texas Tech, Texas A&M AgriLife, and USDA-ARS is necessary.

The successful applicant will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in plant breeding and seed science or related courses (a typical teaching load in the Department varies from 2 to 4 courses per academic year depending on the extent of the research program); to advise undergraduate and graduate students; to work with government and industry clientele; to provide service to the department, college, university, and community; to establish a research program with the capacity to generate external funding; and to be active in professional societies.

The position provides opportunity for professional growth, while collaborating with an energetic, productive team of scientists.

Please note that all application materials must be submitted on-line through the Texas Tech University application site at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/hr/workattexastech/  and search for Requisition Number 5773BR.
– Applicants should submit a CV, official transcripts, along with statements of research.
– Applicants should supply names and contact information of three (3) individuals who may be contacted for letters of reference.

Questions should be addressed to Dr. Eric F. Hequet, Search Committee Chair, Department of Plant and Soil Science, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409-2122, Phone (806) 834-0621; email: eric.hequet@ttu.edu.

Review of the applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 
Expected starting date is September 1, 2016.

ICRA Sponsorship for WCRC-6 in Brazil

The World Cotton Research Conference-6 will be held in Goiania, Brazil from May 2-6, 2016. ICRA is sponsoring 36 researchers from various countries to attend the WCRC-6 with US$40,000. Sponsorship was open to researchers from around the world. The last date to apply was November 15, 2015. Four types of sponsorships were available.

  • Air ticket up to US$1,500
  • Registration fee plus hotel (Estimated at US$1,200)
  • Cash payment of US$1,000
  • Registration fee