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May 9, 2010 - 9:38pm
At this time of year, I spend a lot of time with accepted students and their families. My primary goal is to convince our accepted students to attend Hofstra. But inextricably interwoven into this goal is the corresponding desire for these students to make the best informed decision possible, the decision that best fits their needs, goals and aspirations.
May 9, 2010 - 9:06pm
The list of ways that the University of Mary Washington sets the example in learning and technology is indeed long. UMW is at the forefront of a movement to provide open access to course material and faculty and student contributions through its pioneering UMW Blogs platform. Check out the "Courses" section of UMW blogs for an aggregated view of the most recent semester’s classes available for viewing on this open platform.
May 9, 2010 - 4:25pm
My son's mid-semester report came last week. The news was that he's doing fine in everything but humanities and art. "What is going on with humanities?" I demanded. He explained, and his teacher later confirmed, that he had been unable to hand in his major project before the reports were issued because of a transmission issue I don't understand, but it's been straightened out now and his semester grade is likely to be high. "So I guess you'll forgive the art as long as I'm okay in the serious subjects," he said.
May 7, 2010 - 6:29pm
"Medical school is the wrong place to train psychiatrists," writes Daniel Carlat in his new book, Unhinged: The Trouble with Psychiatry - A Doctor's Revelations About a Profession in Crisis.
May 6, 2010 - 11:31pm
Someone who periodically sends group e-mails containing material better suited to blog posts. Due to the sender’s relationship to recipients, the mail must be opened, and free will is defeated. This guarantees the sender a captive audience and a seat in hell close to the main action.
May 6, 2010 - 9:42pm
End of Semester Haikubeautiful weathercranky students and teachersexam week is coming!breakfasts and dinnerscelebrate great and good thingsevery frickin' daySurprise departuresresignations out of bluelike mushrooms in springstudents transfer toamazing places, stop forthanks, smiles aboundprofs in grading jailthe one part of teaching thatI really don't misstemper tantrums flyyet are mercifully briefwho has energy?
May 6, 2010 - 9:36pm
Can somebody help me get a handle on the curricular media platform landscape? A colleague of mine uses the short-hand of a "YouTube for college media". Seems to me that the explosion of media being produced on campus, combined with the increasing demand to utilize existing rich media inside the LMS and library systems for courses, would be driving a significant market in curricular media platforms.I was recently asked by a smart guy I know who works for an educational technology company, "what would be your boiled down requirements for a media management platform?"
May 6, 2010 - 9:27pm
The idea of a tangent line is central to many aspects of mathematics. In geometry, we study when a line rests on another figure at just one point, the point of tangency. In calculus, the slope of the line tangent to a curve at a point becomes the “derivative” of that curve at that point. One can even think of tangencies in more than one dimension. Imagine an (x,y) plane drawn on a table with a three dimensional object resting on it. One can therefore find a point of tangency in the x direction, and also one in the y direction.
May 6, 2010 - 9:24pm
When I was a college freshman I had to take an English Literature course. It wasn't Lit 101/102 (the generally required two-semester sequence), it was a one-semester course for entering students who either were transfers from other schools or had scored well on the verbal portion of the SAT. The instructor was a visiting professor who'd gotten his PhD from Cambridge, and I remember that because he entered the first class meeting (a couple of minutes late, for effect) wearing full academic regalia.
May 6, 2010 - 8:17am
I attended an inspiring conversation with filmmaker Mira Nair recently at Columbia College Chicago. Nair spoke about how she arranges her production schedule around her son’s vacation calendar. "Monsoon Wedding" was not scheduled for a 30-day summer shoot to align with the rainy season as much as with son Zohran’s vacation from school.


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