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University of Venus

GenX Women in Higher Ed, Writing from Across the Globe

October 9, 2011 - 9:30pm
“Dual use” is a term in my field, International Relations. Very simply put, it refers to the use of an item or technology for civilian and military purposes. Examples can be nuclear technology or satellites. One can use nuclear technology in order to build nuclear reactors for energy generation or to diagnose and treat illnesses in medical sciences (civilian use) or simply to build a bomb (military use).
October 8, 2011 - 9:45am
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October 6, 2011 - 10:01pm
It's that time of year. I've read through more resumes and essays than I care to remember. I have the luxury of reviewing applications written by the most accomplished young men and women at my university as they dream of life after the molly-coddling experience we in the US call 'college.'
October 2, 2011 - 9:45pm
I have been travelling quite a bit in recent months; I attended several conferences and met many new and interesting people. While many of the discussions in the presentation halls have been on the official topics of the conferences; the “unconferences,” the meetings during the coffee breaks and official receptions, have brought up other topics, and more often than not the question of being a women and an academic came up in the discussion.
October 2, 2011 - 11:30am
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September 29, 2011 - 8:15pm
September's UVenus question comes to us from Meg Palladino -- What is your favorite proverb or saying, and why? Afshan Jafar (US) My favorite proverb: "He teaches ill, who teaches all." As a teacher, I love the wisdom of this proverb: a good teacher leaves some room for students to make their own discoveries and arrive at their own conclusions instead of spoon-feeding all the answers to them.
September 27, 2011 - 10:15pm
Photo: Afshan Jafar Afshan Jafar
September 25, 2011 - 9:15pm
Today I found myself in an impossible position. After my lecture – I’m teaching an introduction to South African history to the first year undergraduates – I was approached by two students. One asked if he could read my lecture notes because he, an Afrikaans speaker, was having difficulty following my lectures (I lecture in English). The other, an exchange student from Germany, complained that she hadn’t understood a word of her tutorial that morning because it had been in Afrikaans.
September 25, 2011 - 11:00am
UVenus Around the Web: Our UVenus networking challenge was highlighted at The Guardian (UK) The University of Warwick builds on the UVenus challenge and creates their own. What’s New With Our Writers:

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