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September 12, 2010 - 3:57pm
I had not originally intended to share this story. It felt like a private family issue; I also felt too raw to think it through clearly, much less write about it articulately.
September 10, 2010 - 5:47pm
Last week was National Suicide Prevention Week. You missed it.
September 10, 2010 - 2:37pm
With every college president across the land seeking to find a new marketing angle that will provide an edge in enrollment, I've been lucky to land at Alma, where our team has been working hard for years to develop new ways to tell the story. I have to admit I was a bit taken aback when I first heard that we were thinking of a television commercial -- I wondered whether tv ads aren’t just for the for-profits, whom I see peddling their wares with annoying regularity -- but I was quickly won over.
September 10, 2010 - 4:15am
It was announced today that Harrisburg University of Science and Technology would be conducting a "social media blackout" next week. Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and AOL Instant Messenger are going to be blocked for access by the campus network. My first thought: how did LinkedIn escape the blockade? And, do students even use AIM anymore? My next reaction was to look into sending a semi trailer packed with MiFi devices to Pennsylvania.
September 10, 2010 - 4:15am
Have they left? Are they out of the building? Driving out of the parking lot? Departed from campus? Any question about who they are this time of year?
September 9, 2010 - 10:00pm
Aliens, pumpkin pie, birds, solar energy, language, coffee, football, traveling, new shoes, Kon-Tiki, walking my dog, weather, doing P90X , cooking lasagna…there are so many things I like to think about. Mary Churchill’s recent post made me wonder if I’m cut out for research and academia. She writes of not wanting to "unplug" from looking at life through her academic lens (and loving it), even while on vacation.
September 9, 2010 - 9:55pm
An occasional correspondent writes:
September 9, 2010 - 9:45pm
I'm in the learning business, which makes my tendency to slip into "schoolyard folk wisdom, or empty theorizing" about learning less forgivable. Apparently, some of the things I thought I knew about how the brain learns are just wrong. Check out "Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits," by Benedict Carey for the NYTimes (9/6/10). 3 specifics that I've (falsely) incorporated into my mental map of brain learning include:
September 9, 2010 - 7:01pm
As I work proofs with my Calculus and Higher Geometries students, I often run across the Greek symbol that, in math, means “there exists." This might show up, for example, in statements such as “there exists” a point, a line or, (in economics) an equilibrium. Such existential issues are not foreign to mathematics, as arguably the most famous existential statement, “I think, therefore I am”, was made by Rene Descartes, who also gave us the “Cartesian Plane”, the intersection of the X and Y axes that becomes the canvas on which we draw analytic geometry.


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