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August 21, 2011
With college in the air, I have been doing more thinking about the home vs. away question. I still think that whatever Ben wants is the best choice (assuming we can afford it, as Father of 4 pointed out in last week’s comments), but one facet of going away to school has particular resonance for me: the experience of developing intimacy through living with someone long-term.
August 21, 2011
What’s New at University of Venus - Week Ending 20 August 2011 University of Venus Around the Web: Janine Utell at The GuardianLeadership lessons from Tina Fey. Prof Hacker commentary on Janine Utell’s “Lessons from Bossypants.” What’s New With Our Writers:
August 18, 2011
A frustrated student writes (it’s a bit long):In a nutshell: I got a B and should have gotten an A, can you see why I'm uncomfortable going to talk to the dean about this? However, the letter grade isn't my gripe.Please forgive my ignorance, but, this is the bigger picture that I can't seem to gain a sense of reasoning on.
August 18, 2011
Last month, I was invited to a conference in Kuwait to deliver a speech. I was given very little notice. After a speedy preparation of 3-4 days I made it to the Atatürk International Airport in Istanbul. As I handed my passport to the police officer at passport control, the officer looked at my passport, smiled at me and said, “I was the one who processed your passport the last time you went abroad.” It was only about a month ago that I had been in Poland within the context of the Erasmus Programme.
August 18, 2011
This is a proposal (or a conversation starter) for Next Generation Learning Challenge (NGLC), EDUCAUSE, and the NGLC funders and partners.The NGLC is "….is a collaborative, multi-year grant program aimed at dramatically increasing college readiness and completion through applied technology.." and is partnered with EDUCAUSE and other organizations to "…disburse about $20 million over two years" (from IHE 10/11/10).
August 18, 2011
There is a concept used in calculus and economics called “elasticity.” This idea measures the percent change in one variable as another variable experiences a one percent change. This is often used to talk about, for example, demand for a product, demand that might change for many reasons, as when the price of a product changes, or when the price of a close substitute changes, or even when the income of consumers change.
August 18, 2011
Two headlines this week on the subject of scholarly publications grabbed my attention this week, so I thought I would share them with you.The first was the article in Nature by Paul Ginspar. Anne Kenney, Cornell University Librarian, summed up the significance of his work perfectly:
August 18, 2011
The past couple of weeks have been a wild ride. Financial markets around the globe have been rocky. Significant numbers of Brits have been hitting the streets. The Republican party is offering to decide that what the country needs is another Texas governor in the White House. Meanwhile, federal legislators have gone outside the Beltway so that they can ignore the needs of their constituents on a more personal, individual basis.

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