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November 18, 2010 - 9:20pm
One of the reasons I fell in love with the field of economics was its logical progression, the linear way it tends to build upon previous concepts to uncover a consistent way of looking at the world. In many ways, all of knowledge does the same thing, building upon previous skills as one learns first how to read and add, and finally, to put it all together in discovering things about the world that require the synthesis of some very different fields of study. I thought of this recently as I enjoyed a musical production at my daughter’s school.
November 18, 2010 - 9:14pm
Since Thanksgiving is next week, nobody wants to have meetings next week. That means that this week was doubled up.On Tuesday I had 8 meetings. On Wednesday, 6. Yesterday, 7.By the end of yesterday, I’ll admit getting a little punchy. That’s dangerous, because punchiness leads to snark, which leads to drama.I’m pretty sure there’s something in the Geneva Convention maxing out daily meetings at 6.
November 18, 2010 - 1:15pm
Something like a quarter to a third of greenhouse gas emissions, globally, are the result of food production. So one of the things I end up talking to students about fairly frequently is eating habits. Most often about eating locally or organically, but most interestingly about cutting down on meat consumption.
November 18, 2010 - 7:19am
What does it mean to archive emails? Are they the letters for the 21st century? Or are they the phone calls that simply disappear into the atmosphere? I know that I try to personally archive some of my children’s text messages, as well as their voice mails, because I understand that these fleeting moments document both their youth and the passage of time. Suddenly, though, there seem to be too many significant moments for me to save -- Facebook albums, chat sessions, cell phone photos--and a lot of technology to master in order to do it all.
November 17, 2010 - 10:00pm
This week I had a chat with the founders of Eleven Learning, a Cambridge Mass based startup with ambitions to re-engineer the economics of the textbook market. Eleven Learning's goal is to create a structure in which costs are systematically engineered out of the textbook production process. The result will be not only lower costs, but a great diversity and variety of textbooks.
November 17, 2010 - 9:55pm
In a discussion last week, I realized that the common denominator to so many of my personal hobbyhorses is fatigue with the climate of permanent austerity that seems to have settled upon public higher education.Off the top of my head, I can come up with several reasons why we seem to be stuck in permanent austerity mode..First, there's the basic open-endedness of mission. How much education is enough? How many programs should we run? How small should we let sections get? Which services should we provide? Whose salaries are too low?
November 17, 2010 - 4:00pm
Four more quick points, all more or less grocery-related.
November 17, 2010 - 1:15pm
Editors' note: today's guest entry has been kindly developed by Dr.
November 17, 2010 - 4:45am
It all started when Brian LeDuc, a Graduate Hall Director at Texas A&M University, put out a call on his blog for student affairs graduate students to participate in a new twitter hashtag: #sagrad. The concept was simple.
November 16, 2010 - 10:30pm
On November 3, British universities minister David Willetts announced

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