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February 9, 2012
This Marketplace report brought me up short. It’s about Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs, endorsing gay marriage in New York.  The report notes that CEO’s of major banks aren’t generally known for taking positions on potentially divisive social issues.  
February 9, 2012
There are many times in math that we encounter behavior that appears to repeat or cycle back on itself. For example, one often finds strings of repeating digits when trying to convert a rational number into a decimal, or one can observe cyclical behavior associated with the trigonometric functions. Such behavior came to mind recently as I realized that we are moving from winter into a spring that will eventually turn into summer, and that, as a mom, I needed to plan for such a change in seasons.
February 9, 2012
Sometimes I'm so stupid I could kick myself.  Of course, before that kicking urge comes on, I have to realize my own stupidity -- have to, at least somewhat, realize my previous error.  What triggered this personal epiphany (if that's the right word -- it wasn't a real "AHA!" moment, more like "ahhhh . . . . ummm . . . hunh?") was an advertising sign on the top of a taxi cab.  The sign advertised a pizza place called "Paisano's", and my son asked me what the term "paisano" meant.
February 8, 2012
Fun trivia fact: this is a Presidential election year.  But you wouldn’t know it from walking around campus.
February 8, 2012
Hats off to Kellogg! It’s rare to see a market leader remaking its up-to-this-point-wildly-successful business model, but this is exactly what the new Dean, Sally Blount, is doing. 
February 8, 2012
Last week, Blackboard showed off its latest release of their core learning management system (LMS), 9.1 SP 8 - code named "Ocho."
February 8, 2012
Blackboard unveiled a new UI today, something that certainly seems a response to not just user complaints but to the flood of new learning management systems entering the market.  But is a UI change sufficient? A look at the Berlin-based iVersity shows a very different approach to thinking about what an online learning platform can be.
February 8, 2012
Is digital identity development part of your institution's orientation program? It's understandable if it isn't. After all, orientation programs are generally at capacity and an extra addition to the schedule is nearly impossible. However, I suspect that eventually, digital identity development will be present at almost all orientation programs.
February 8, 2012
Don't think you can do anything meaningful to help adjuncts? Think again.
February 8, 2012
Geez. What a week it’s been for women’s health rights. The Susan B. Komen Foundation flip-flopped after the online outrage for defunding Planned Parenthood. (Over a million Planned Parenthood Tweets!) Now the Obama administration appears to be hedging on a decision to require all health plans, including Catholic universities and hospitals, to cover contraception.

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