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March 1, 2010 - 8:42am
Or, “speaking of double-edged swords…” I’m Albert Ferme-Bohr IV, I like chemistry, biology, physics, hell, name a science and I adore it. As a student at NYU, I have to do a course called “Conversations of the West” as part of my Morse Academic Plan (MAP) , NYU’s core curriculum. I just realized I couldn’t have escaped “Con’ West” while Dermot O’Brien could have, if he’d bothered his ass, escaped both Natural Science I, a course like his feeble “Energy and the Environment” and a Natural Science II with a 4 or 5 in AP Biology or Chemistry.I’m pissed!
February 28, 2010 - 9:03pm
The dean position has become one of the most challenging administrative positions in higher education. Not only does a dean need to provide long term as well as day to day academic leadership but the dean also needs to be a willing and, over time, successful fundraiser. To find a good dean, colleges and universities typically undertake a national search and often use a “head hunter” to help make sure that the effort is as comprehensive as possible. I am presently involved in two deans’ searches, both for very important schools at Hofstra University.
February 28, 2010 - 8:57pm
Although Aunt B. tries to tell us out here in internet-land that the government of Tennessee is a bunch of knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing missing links, I've held out hope for the place. My Dad grew up there, Aunt B. is from there, Memphis barbecue is great; it can't be all bad. Alas, I'm thinking now that Aunt B was right.My Tennessee relatives tell me that by the rules of local etiquette, you're allowed to say anything awful about anyone you want, as long as you preface it with "bless his heart." For example: Bless her heart, Sarah Palin is as dumb as a stump.
February 28, 2010 - 5:32pm
In 1999, while teaching at West Virginia University, I created a site called LecturesOnline.org. You can find the original home page for LecturesOnline at the Internet Archive site. LecturesOnline.org was created out of my desire to easily locate materials for teaching, and to share the materials that I was creating for my classes with other faculty. The home page contains the following text:
February 28, 2010 - 4:19pm
Last week, our family traveled to Ireland for my son’s winter break from school. While there, we visited a pub known for traditional Irish music. There are no scheduled performances; musicians just show up with their instruments and sit in a circle and play and sing.
February 27, 2010 - 11:42pm
I’ve been awake for about six hours now. During that time, I’ve cooked breakfast for my sons, showered, shaved, shopped, read 37 pages of John Keegan’s “Faces of Battle,” answered some e-mails, offered a few salty, irreverent, comments (ho ho!) on Facebook, and half-watched an episode of “Family Guy.” Busy, busy, busy, that’s me! But that’s not why I listed my activity. I’m interested in this because of a phrase from the textbook that’s been haunting me for weeks: “need to know.”
February 26, 2010 - 5:44pm
Upright Among Staring FishWe all of us are deep-sea diverspeering out of bone helmetsat a world lost in the flood.Fogged wonders, marvels in the murk.Okay, Red Diver? asks the voice down the umbilical,machinery gasping and chattering in the background.Okay Red, he reports.
February 25, 2010 - 9:36pm
This story in IHE came along at the right moment. My state is apparently considering an early retirement program for certain kinds of public employees, which may wind up including many of the people who work at the college. Naturally, the rumor mill is aflutter. (I'm not sure if mills can flutter, but you get the idea.)
February 25, 2010 - 9:29pm
Learning Objects is a company I really like.One of the great things about working in learning technology is the opportunity to interact with companies and the people who work at them. When I was teaching full-time my interactions were pretty much limited to colleagues and students. In my experience, some of the people who are most dedicated to goal of leveraging technology to challenge the status quo in higher ed work for ed tech companies.3 reasons that I particularly like Learning Objects (LO):
February 25, 2010 - 4:32am
A brave-or-foolhardy correspondent writes:

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