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July 5, 2011
As the US basks in the afterglow of July 4th fireworks, NASA counts down to its final shuttle launch, and the budget battle consumes Congress, I submit a last-minute plea to save global research and education from the chopping block. Independence need not mean isolation. Indeed, independence demands knowledge of the world for its survival.
July 5, 2011
Does your institution regulate your contact with students on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn? I've read several conversations about whether or not we should connect with students in online social spaces. Scores of professionals seem to insist on grouping every single social media site into an "all or nothing" / "yes or no" scenario. My opinion is that social media are far too nuanced for one "policy" that covers every site. Here is my take on the top three social media sites. Agree, disagree, that's okay with me, but at least note that not every social media site is the same.
July 5, 2011
 A conference in Toronto last month focused on higher education and the media. Organized by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations and other groups, the event considered how information about higher education is communicated—we don’t often think about how higher education is portrayed to the public and to policymakers, or for that matter even how the academic community learns about what is going on in the ever more complex world of higher education.
July 4, 2011
At this writing, I don't have Google+ (someone please invite me…..). Was not a beta tester for Google's Chromebook (I applied), have never been body surfing with Larry or Sergey. But lack of first-hand experience has never stopped an academic in the past from making judgements, so here goes!Google+ Hangouts. This is the video conferencing system backed into Google+. Go check out the lifehacker video.
July 4, 2011
Let's face it. Google and Facebook aren't creating social networks for altruistic reasons. While Google and Facebook compete in the multi-gazillion-dollar ad revenue space, we, as social media consumers/communicators, get to benefit from their innovations. Google+ has been getting a lot of "buzz" lately as it is Google's latest foray into creating a service that can compete with Facebook.
July 4, 2011
Let’s take one piece of e-paper, optimistically opened on your computer’s desk. This is the beginning of any contemporary relationship with your words nowadays. (Once upon a time, I was still using classic paper but I discovered that it was too time consuming while collecting my notes from the computer - and as I’m always in a big hurry - I needed a radical improvement of my time management.) And, once done with this very simple operation, I start thinking about my next academic article and look for some good inspiration.
July 4, 2011
- Once in a while, it’s good for the soul to forget about all the bureaucratic stuff and just careen madly down a waterslide. - One upside of middle-aged weight gain is that it adds to your waterslide speed. Okay, that’s probably not an even trade, but I’ll take what I can get.- It’s even better when your six year old daughter, formerly afraid of waterslides, finds the courage to go, too. The look on her face at the bottom was worth the trip.
July 4, 2011
The clarion call to higher education administration goes largely unheeded. While many factors contribute to that state, and notwithstanding the notable efforts that some innovative individual leaders (David Shulenberger, for example) are making to change it, the main impediment is the failure of faculty to get it.
July 2, 2011
Starting this week, we will be sharing What’s New at University of Venus every Saturday. We will highlight University of Venus around the web, what our writers are up to, and what we’re writing on our other blogs. University of Venus around the web:
July 1, 2011
A cold summer ale on the Memorial Union Terrace (or 'the Terrace' as it is known) at UW-Madison is a genuinely glorious experience. I was down there the other evening with my family, observing students, faculty, visiting conference types, as well alumni and members of the public. The Terrace functions like a defacto community center, alongside all of the functions typically associated with student unions (including food services, the weak link in an otherwise splendid set-up).

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