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April 15, 2010 - 8:33pm
So, drawing on the putative thoughts in the last two posts, one of the problems universities face in trying to become sustainability leaders comes to the fore.If corporate influence (in society, on campus, wherever) is one of the contributing factors to ecological, economic and societal unsustainability but corporations are major donors/partners whose participation makes campus projects (including sustainability-related projects) possible, . . .
April 15, 2010 - 7:37pm
Once, when I was in high school, I must have said something that particularly exasperated one of my teachers. She took a deep breath and looked out at me in the classroom (middle seat, second row) and said “Rosemarie, do you know what you are? You are in intellectual iconoclast.”
April 14, 2010 - 10:04pm
Last week a colleague and I gave a talk to new faculty on work-life balance. It is part of series of forums for first year tenure-track faculty sponsored by our Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. While I was flattered to be asked, I was also a bit nervous. Like most of us, my ability to juggle work and life varies from day to day. Yet I was also shy to admit that there are times when I am, gasp, not working. Academia fosters a culture of workaholism, and folks who challenge this hegemony are often labeled less serious. “Competitive martyrdom,” a friend calls it.
April 14, 2010 - 8:45pm
In 2025, when book publishers look back to try to understand why their business became first disintermediated and then displaced, the prevailing sentiment will be one of regret. They will ask themselves: "How did we fail to learn from the example of the music industry and newspaper business? Why didn't we take advantage of new technologies instead of fighting them? How did we manage to fail to create a new generation of book readers and book buyers?"
April 14, 2010 - 8:04pm
Greenback U, like a lot of other schools I'm sure, is in for a rude awakening.Under terms of the Presidents Climate Commitment, we filed our first greenhouse gas inventory in 2008, covering 2007. In 2009, we published our Climate Action Plan -- our road map (OK, our rough sketch of one possible route) for getting to carbon neutrality by a date certain.
April 13, 2010 - 9:12pm
Hope you will consider joining me and reading This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All, by Marilyn Johnson.I'm about 50 pages into this love letter to librarians and their profession, and look forward to discussing what Johnson has to say with my academic librarian, faculty and computing colleagues.
April 13, 2010 - 9:06pm
I’m a mom, who has prioritized full-time parenting, and I stand in the sidelines of academia. This can be painful, I am no longer considered an expert in my field; the traditional route is pretty well closed and it’s unclear how to balance my work passions from home, blah, blah, blah; I’ve written about this before.
April 13, 2010 - 9:01pm
The Boy has his mother's spatial sense and a touch of my nerdiness, so he was all over the science fair. He loves bridges and earthquakes, so this year he decided to do a project that combined them. His project involved building bridges of two different designs -- 'beam' and 'suspension' -- and subjecting both of them to simulated earthquakes while supporting weight. The idea was to see whether one design would hold up better than the other.It takes a village to do a science fair project.
April 13, 2010 - 6:23pm
As my clock-radio switched on NPR this morning, I was treated to two seemingly similar stories, one right after the other. The details may have differed (my mind at that hour not being capable of appreciating, much less retaining, much detail), but the overall gist was the same.


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