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April 19, 2010 - 11:21pm
I spent the day with rubrics and spreadsheets. This is not exactly the life I envisioned when I began my graduate work — at the time I think I imagined long conversations with colleagues about books, interesting classes filled with eager students hanging on my every word, and maybe a nice office where I could keep all those great books.
April 19, 2010 - 11:15pm
There’s lots of science and mathematics in “Solar” and given Ian McEwan’s reputation as a very assiduous researcher and given whatever I’ve picked-up in “Energy & the Environment,” I think that most of it is not bullshit. But, of course, that assumption does not apply to physicist Michael Beard’s brand new process for solar power.
April 19, 2010 - 11:08pm
A bufuddled correspondent writes:We are in the process of interviewing for a new program director. I am a staff member in this particular program.
April 19, 2010 - 8:18pm
Earth Day 40 came and went.I was at an event on campus, which was being held in a tent. When I learned about it, I thought that was a nice touch. But then the day was nice, the tent was entirely opaque and as enclosed as a temporary floorless tent is ever likely to be so it was dark, and relatively cold, and even a little bit damp outside. Certainly, nowhere near as pleasant inside the tent as outside in the sunshine.
April 18, 2010 - 11:28pm
A thoughtful correspondent writes: I'm in a humanities dept. at a very good SLAC. One of our faculty members is retiring soon, and so our departmental meetings have been focusing (in ten-minute snatches, unfortunately....despite meeting WEEKLY) on arguing for his replacement and determining what curricular lacunae might best be covered by this new person.
April 18, 2010 - 10:49pm
Recently I was asked to sit for an oral history interview covering my years at Hofstra. Since my years at Hofstra go back more than half the time the University has been in existence, I enjoyed talking about and recounting key happenings. At the same time, I was asked to suggest names for special 75th anniversary awards to those key individuals who made a major difference in the development of Hofstra from 1935 to the present. Having been here so many years, I was able to suggest individuals who clearly made a difference but who are also mostly forgotten today.
April 18, 2010 - 10:44pm
Ann Zimmerman reports in The Wall Street Journal that, thanks in large part to a viral campaign by female computer engineers, Computer Engineer Barbie will be one of two new models in Mattel's "I Can Be..." line. (The other will be TV Anchor Barbie, elected by young girls around the world.) Here's what she will look like, according to Zimmerman:
April 16, 2010 - 4:37am
What should a college do when a professor fails 90 percent of the students in an intro class?Apparently, at LSU the answer is to remove the professor unilaterally, mid-semester. The comments to the IHE story are about 90 percent from faculty trading in the worst anti-administration stereotyping, laced with an intoxicating brew of outrage and moral superiority. But they really miss the story.Based on the article, I can see heaping piles of wrong on all sides.
April 15, 2010 - 11:33pm
There’s an academic family around these parts, it’s said, who watch all the Jane Austen films together every Thanksgiving break. That there might be such a family gives me something else to be thankful for. But I wonder what their focus is? All the recent BBC films? All the Pride & Prejudices, going back to 1940? According to Sue Parrill, author of Jane Austen on Film and Television: A Critical Study of the Adaptations, there have been 33 films made of the novels.
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, . . .


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