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July 30, 2009 - 8:41pm
There is a concept in economics called “indifference curves”. These are a graphical picture of combinations of goods that would leave the consumer indifferent between the different combinations. Are two apples and one orange just as good to you as two oranges and one apple? If so, these points can be combined on a graph to form an indifference curve, along with other combinations that also leave the consumer just as happy, or indifferent, among the various outcomes. The result is a graph of lines, similar to those found on a map depicting altitude or weather patterns.
July 30, 2009 - 7:15pm
AASHE has released the results of a survey of sustainability practices within top-division collegiate athletics departments. It's interesting reading.
July 29, 2009 - 11:15pm
As I plan the upcoming semester’s courses, I contemplate the oft-emailed articles about the “millennial generation” students. I’m skeptical of these generational generalizations, particularly since they seem to elide the great differences between students (such as economics). Nonetheless, I find intriguing the claim that the new generation of students like to work in teams. I regularly assign group projects, with mixed success.
July 29, 2009 - 10:54pm
Over the past few years, I’ve received job announcements from headhunters on a fairly regular basis. They aren’t personalized, so I don’t take them as compliments; they’re a function of some mailing list or another. But I usually read them, even if only to get a sense of the market.This week I’ve received a couple for admin positions at cc’s in California. Deleted, unread.Out of the question.
July 29, 2009 - 7:35am
Weekend evenings in July a professional team of actors perform a Shakespeare play on a stage plunked in the middle of a beautiful field on San Juan Island. Sunday night my husband and I planned to go with a couple we know from graduate school, but our friends were a little wary – this was only the second night ever that they had left their two-year-old daughter with a sitter. The plan was for us to go ahead and stake out a good spot with a blanket; they would get their daughter to sleep (early) and a graduate student settled in to watch her, and meet us there.
July 28, 2009 - 9:30pm
A flustered correspondent writes: I have a math PhD from a good midwestern university, good teaching experience in the past couple years where i have been a visiting assistant professor at a research university, and now i finally have a verbal tenure-track offer from one of its regional campuses (which is classified as a community college since it is a two-year open admissions institution).
July 28, 2009 - 9:25pm
... it may not matter if we (humans) kill our fool selves off.According to research conducted at Arizona State, we're not the most intelligent species on the planet, after all. At least not if making good choices is a hallmark of intelligence.
July 27, 2009 - 9:37pm
Somewhere in my blog reading over the last few weeks I ran across a link to a brief piece in Double XX, the Slate.com “women's blog” that reported on a study of the effect of professors' politics on their students. Perhaps unsurprisingly to anyone who has taught college in the last twenty years, the researchers discovered little if any effect.
July 27, 2009 - 9:22pm
This post of Aunt B's, over at Tiny Cat Pants, struck a chord.
July 27, 2009 - 9:17pm
Susan Rogers at SCUP shared with me some data on the membership of that organization, and it turns out that I apparently misconstrued the organization's membership profile. More SCUP members (individuals) are associated with colleges and universities than with corporations or partnerships. In round numbers, it's about 60% schools and 40% firms.

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