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September 10, 2009 - 9:28pm
Last week, my first grader came home with thoughts about math (I love it when she does that!) She said that, since one hundred plus ten was “one hundred and ten”, that, therefore, infinity plus ten must be “infinity and ten”. Of course, infinity is not a number that can be added like one hundred, so the analogy did not hold. Indeed, infinity is one of those math concepts that lead one to wonder if they are studying math or, perhaps, instead studying philosophy.
September 10, 2009 - 9:15pm
Yesterday we watched you climb on the bus for your first day of kindergarten. You bounded in so quickly I barely took the picture, and you were gone.You're incredibly ready. At kindergarten orientation, you slipped into the classroom like a fish into water. When the teacher read the class a story, you locked on, and you were the first to make an observation about the story. And you've got that blend of 'cute' and 'commanding' that only little girls can get away with.
September 10, 2009 - 9:02pm
I've been keeping a low profile for the past couple of weeks, because I've been involved with people from across campus getting Greenback's Climate Action Plan ready to submit.
September 10, 2009 - 6:59pm
Editor and writer Erika Dreifus has posted an interview with me that was originally in her monthly e-newsletter, The Practicing Writer, a go-to place for finding all kinds of opportunities and resources for creative writers.
September 10, 2009 - 8:03am
Why is birth control an expensive, hot potato issue for the national health care debate and barely mentioned as an environmental problem? My own health issues have led me to new levels of outrage that our government, religious institutions and medical scientists can’t seem to figure reproductive politics out a little better for women or the environment.Haven’t we got the picture yet? We’re outgrowing the planet!
September 9, 2009 - 9:22pm
In dealing with stimulus money, my college is caught between the dog and the fire hydrant. On the one side, we have glaring needs, and the whole point of the stimulus is to get the money moving quickly into the economy. We've identified the ways we'd like to spend our allocation, and without being unduly braggy, I'll admit they're pretty good. The money will move rapidly through different sectors of the local economy, particularly in areas where it's most needed. And some of what we're paying for will actually reduce our operating costs (energy and hvac, mostly) in the future.
September 9, 2009 - 9:17pm
Dear EDUCAUSE: Please Kindle Your PublicationsThis week I checked out our Library's Kindle 2 so I could test the thing myself.My main need is to be able to manage my professional reading. Many PDFs cross my desk, and I end-up carrying lots of print-outs around. It would be ideal to have these all in my e-book reader.Why Kindle? Well ... I'm very much hooked into the Amazon ecoystem and I may want to also read a book or two.My first experiment was with the EDUCAUSE Review.
September 9, 2009 - 9:04am
Last week my husband’s PhD advisor, Karel Liem, died after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. His death reminds me of what a central figure a graduate advisor can be. Starting as soon as he was diagnosed, emails, phone calls, blog entries and photos circulated as his academic family swirls in support, consolation and remembrance of him.
September 8, 2009 - 9:17pm
Tenured Radical has a wonderful post up about saying 'no' to excessive service requests. It's a thoughtful piece, and it raises the caliber of discussion of the topic well beyond the usual "I'm just a girl who can't say no" lamentations. Check it out. Correctly, in my estimation, TR locates the root of wildly different service burdens in structural, rather than personal, causes. The money quote:
September 8, 2009 - 9:11pm
Learning technologists share an abiding faith in the power of the creative process. We believe that students learn when they create. In grad school we were told that the divide line between a graduate student and an undergraduate is that the graduate student is creating knowledge. We want push opportunities to create knowledge out to all of our students because we believe that it is the teacher who learns, the speaker who learns, the writer who learns, the blogger who learns, the mashup producer who learns.

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