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November 4, 2010 - 9:30pm
It was two weeks ago, Monday. I knew the deadline for my next post at UVenus was coming up. I thought I would write about the office space and how we academics have our own ways of designing and decorating our offices. I was moving my office on the same day so it felt all the more relevant. I did not have to look for any other topic; spontaneously, simultaneously with what was going on in my life, I would write my piece during the week. However, something changed my plan of writing about this topic that seemed to come naturally…
November 4, 2010 - 9:10pm
I remember a cartoon from my graduate school days that showed a cockroach-looking creature looking over the shoulder of what looked like a scientist working busily at a desk. The caption of the cartoon said “an Exogenous variable watches an economist at work.” I was shown that cartoon about the same time I came to the conclusion that there was really nothing in the world that is exogenous, or determined by predetermined forces.
November 4, 2010 - 4:15pm
Remember CALEA? In 2005 higher education government affairs and information technology specialists held forth against the potential for configuration requirements under a revision of this legislation and ultimately prevailed in federal court in the case in a case brought by the American Council on Higher Education.
November 4, 2010 - 10:45am
No, I'm not referring to the election. I'm referring to the universal meta-question that applies to any research. Academics do a lot of research; some of it gets published, some of that gets read, and a minority of that really matters. If no one cares, the results (and the work it took to produce them) don't matter.
November 4, 2010 - 8:47am
My two teenagers have developed musical skills that neither their father nor myself ever possessed. They both participate in marching band, and have since middle school. I did not quite understand what this meant when my kids first got involved. Most of their friends played in the band and -- like the best student organizations — the after school commitment provided my kids with both a social life and valuable musical instruction.
November 3, 2010 - 11:39pm
This story about the election results got me wondering. (And everybody can put the knives down -- I’m not analyzing candidates here.) In a climate in which government spending is generally considered suspect, and in which people who campaign on “tax cuts good, spending bad” do very well, ballot measures that supported higher education specifically did very well.
November 3, 2010 - 10:15pm
I was hoping to engage in a dialogue with this community about how departments (or units or divisions etc.) can develop a social media strategy.What are some appropriate goals that can be attached to utilizing social media as a means of communication?In discussions around social media, I find that we tend to want to jump to the tools and the platforms. What we need first, I think, is a discussion about the goals we are trying to achieve.
November 3, 2010 - 9:12pm
Contemporary Americans, wrote the philosopher Richard Rorty, are "rich fat [and] tired;" they live in an "Alexandrian" culture. Craig Brandon's new book, The Five-Year Party: How Colleges Have Given Up On Educating Your Child and What You Can Do About It, describes, in bland and angry prose, just the sort of universities Alexandrian cultures get. *****************************************
November 2, 2010 - 9:45pm
We spend so much time worrying about what is wrong with our U.S. higher ed system that it is easy to lose sight of how much the system has improved over the past 20 years. This is a mistake, as if we fail to honor our successes we will forget that change can and does happen, and that our colleagues are working incredibly hard each and every day to improve our institutions.

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