Bernard d'Espagnat, a French physicist/philosopher, has won this year's one million dollar Templeton Prize, given to thinkers who attempt to reconcile religious belief and science.d'Espagnat's ideas are intriguing enough that UD would like to feature them in a series of posts today, especially his claim that
An occasional commenter writes:I have a question about classroom skills rather than the job market or administration.How do other teachers remember their students' names? I confess, I am AWFUL with names. My wife and I have gone to the same small church for 20 years and I still go blank on names of people we've been friends with for all that time. ("you know who I mean honey, the tall guy who always wears that corduroy jacket. His wife is in the choir. You mean Tom? yeah, Tom!")
March is Small Press Month, “a nationwide celebration highlighting the valuable work produced by independent publishers. Held annually in March, Small Press Month raises awareness about the need for broader venues of literary expression.”The event—now in its thirteenth year—is co-sponsored by The New York Center for Independent Publishing (NYCIP), The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), and the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA).
I learned this week that I am being promoted to “full professor”. This is exciting, but also a little scary, as, for the first time in my academic career, I don’t have a new, established, goal to work towards. I am going to spend the next few weeks trying to decide what my “next step” is; should I write a book, finish a few articles, or finally bring an economic major onto campus? These will be weeks of discernment.
According to this story in IHE, a retired Duke University professor named Stuart Rojstaczer has issued a study of grade inflation. His findings suggest that grade inflation is commonplace throughout higher ed, particularly at selective liberal arts colleges and at flagship public universities in the South, but is nearly unknown among community colleges.
Elizabeth Redden's article today on study abroad and sustainability gives a good overview of the topic. For Greenback U and many other schools, the travel (mostly by air) involved in study abroad is responsible for a significant percentage of inventoried greenhouse gas emissions. Still, it's something I'd like to see campuses increase, not cut.Why? Look back at that previous statement. "Inventoried greenhouse gas emissions." Not "total greenhouse gas emissions."
Last week I dropped by the departmental office to pick up my mail, take care of a few errands, and attend an (optional) all-day conference on teaching and assessing critical thinking. Our office’s administrative assistant, seeing me professionally dressed at 8am on my sabbatical, commented, “Watch out, people will think you’re actually working this semester.”
Here’s my weekday morning start: I wake up in time for about 10 minutes of quiet before the 45 minutes of frenetic activity of everyone getting ready for the day – breakfasted, dressed, brushed, packed, (sometimes a last minute homework assignment), shod, appropriately suited up for the weather – crescendos into a burst out the door and then, they are gone – my husband walks the kids into school on his way to work.