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November 23, 2009 - 3:14pm
I was listening to NPR today, and heard an interview with Drew Westen (professor of psychology at Emory and author of The Political Brain). The chat, predictably, centered on how arguments made by the opponents of health care reform are simpler and more emotional -- and, as a direct result, more effective -- than the more complex and well-reasoned discussion emanating from reform advocates.
November 22, 2009 - 9:36pm
A few alert readers called my attention to this post by Michael Berube, in which he attacks my response to the AAUP. He even goes so far as to "nominate DD’s post for the coveted Richard Cohen Award for Advanced Wrongheadedness." Clearly, a response is in order.
November 22, 2009 - 7:36pm
The tail of teaching talent in your institution is longer then generally recognized, and it extends to your librarians and technologists. Perhaps this long tail of teaching talent encompasses others as well, such as the professionals in institutional research, human resources, building operations, and many more.
November 22, 2009 - 5:38pm
As usual, I was fascinated by the responses to last week’s column. I am still looking for the place where I wrote, as “Anonymous” charges, that I “didn't like and continue not to like the fact that [my] alma mater went mixed.” I actually had no desire to attend a women’s college—that was my parents’ idea. I had a brother and no sisters, and two out of my four closest friends in high school were smart, decent, kindhearted boys. I enjoyed male energy, as I continue to do (fortunately, since I live with two men).
November 21, 2009 - 9:19am
Two recent instances of professorial plagiarism - New Zealand novelist Witi Ihimaera and, allegedly, Ohio State University mathematician Azita Manouchehri - have UD thinking once more about this odd and endless practice of stealing other people's words and work.
November 19, 2009 - 11:16pm
Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues. William Ferris. The University of North Carolina Press, November 2009. $35.00.Review by Katya Cummins
November 19, 2009 - 9:30pm
First, if you've ever wanted a sense of academic hiring, read Profgrrrrl's post. Now. Slowly. It's all true.Worse, it doesn't stop at the department level.Let's say, for the sake of argument, that your dean/vp didn't just fall off the turnip truck. Any chances that s/he might be wise to some of these factors? (Hint: Yes.)
November 19, 2009 - 9:21pm
How will academic libraries make sure that their content is available on a 3.5-inch mobile device? Should this even be a goal of the academic library?
November 19, 2009 - 9:10pm
My first week of graduate school found me in a microeconomics class with a teacher reviewing the assumptions behind what is commonly called the “Adam Smith hypothesis”. Referring to the founder of the discipline of economics, it is a hypothesis that free markets work well, and that work so well that under them no one can be made better off without someone else being made worse off. This can actually be proven using calculus, using a proof that makes us math geeks smile, but it is dependent on several assumptions that may or may not be true in all situations.
November 18, 2009 - 9:58pm
At this point in the semester, my students – who once seemed an amorphous blob of Kaylas, Kyras, and Karas — have emerged as distinct, complicated, and often intriguing personalities. As always, the courses I’ve carefully planned on paper fail to take into account the living, breathing people who comprise them. And while I challenge myself to design courses that engage and inspire every type of student, it is of course the students themselves who define the course’s identity.


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