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August 17, 2011
Right up front -- when I moved to Backboro, I pretty much stopped paying attention to professional sports. College sports are pretty much the only game(s) in town. And, of course, the tickets are a whole lot cheaper (at least, on average).But as a vestigial remnant of an earlier life, I hate the Dallas Cowboys. In fact, one of the phrases that sticks in my memory comes from the back of a T-shirt: "Beat Dallas twice. Lost to everyone else. On the whole, not a bad season."
August 17, 2011
Ethiopia, with a population of 75 million, is one of the poorest countries on earth, having 98% of its population earning less than US$ 2 per day. Since nearly a decade the country has produced several planning documents to guide its development, to alleviate poverty and to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. The more recent strategy documents have clearly identified higher education as one of the key instruments for achieving the country’s goals.
August 17, 2011
Yesterday I had a chance to catch up with an old friend -- High School Friend on Wrong Ocean was doing an East Coast tour -- and I realized that, in our very different settings, we’re telling ourselves the same stories.She teaches at a law school out there, when she isn’t doing other amazing things. We got to talking about teaching, and she made a comment that stuck with me.“Do you ever feel guilty about preparing students for jobs that don’t exist? I do...”Gulp.
August 16, 2011
Does our ability to effectively do our jobs in a blended learning, web-enabled, educational model ultimately reduce to the robustness of our data plan? Connectivity is the oxygen of productivity when courses are delivered ,in-part or in-full, via the web. The learning management system, synchronous classroom/meeting tool, and lecture capture platform dissolves into nothingness absent bandwidth. Without a connection, it is like our classrooms are submerged underwater, or perhaps dry but with all the usable oxygen sucked out. No Internet. No job.
August 16, 2011
On my way back from Bandung, Indonesia, I received two messages which set me hollering in joy in the crowded departure lounge of the Manila airport. A young colleague was awarded a Fulbright grant for a PhD in the US; two others were short-listed for Fulbright research grants in agriculture. What really touched me were the effusive thanks on their part for my encouraging them to apply and for believing in their competitiveness as applicants.
August 16, 2011
A white paper recently crossed my desk. Issued by TRIRIGA, a facilities management consulting outfit recently purchased by IBM, it purports to be based on a study conducted by the Gartner Group. The title is "Crossing the sustainability chasm: strategies and tactics to achieve sustainability goals."
August 15, 2011
This year, we're trying something different.As many a frustrated academic knows, there's a hiring season for full-time faculty. Broadly speaking, it starts in October and runs through about February for tenure-track positions, and starts in January and runs through April or May for one-year positions. (The preferred term for those is usually “visiting,” though that seems a polite fiction at this point.)
August 15, 2011
So Google is going to spend $12.5 billion to acquire Motorola Mobility. If you read Larry Page's post, one of the reasons that Google chose Motorola is that they have a longstanding commitment to Android:"In 2008, Motorola bet big on Android as the sole operating system across all of its smartphone devices... Motorola’s total commitment to Android in mobile devices is one of many reasons that there is a natural fit between our two companies."
August 15, 2011
Every fall it’s this way. Mid-August comes and I hit the panic button, realizing how much work I have left to do before the semester begins — next week. Isn’t that awfully early, I find myself thinking? I imagine this is even true for those who start after Labor Day (though I envy them now). Whether it’s early or late, there’s always a crunch right at the beginning.
August 14, 2011
Last May, I left my teaching position without a job prospect in sight. It was a gamble, I admit; at the time I had interviewed for jobs, but I hadn’t heard from anyone yet. As far as I was concerned, I was unemployed as soon as I submitted my final grades and received my final paycheck via direct deposit.



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