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May 26, 2011
The Coca-Cola Company has just appointed a Chief Sustainability Officer. Her name is Bea Perez, and she's currently Chief Marketing Officer for North America. Previously, she was involved in Coke's NASCAR and (more generally) sports-related marketing programs.I have to admit that my first reaction was "oh, great! a sales weenie, with tie-ins to gratuitous fuel consumption! just what we need!!" But I was wrong.
May 26, 2011
"I cannot think of another French novel over the past two decades that has generated this much interest, debate, and animosity," wrote Mark Lilla about Michel Houellebecq's novel Elementary Particles ten years ago in the New York Review of Books. The title of Lilla's essay, Night Thoughts, alludes to its conclusion, in which he notes that Houellebecq has written "a ver
May 26, 2011
In a tough economy, environmental issues are often at the bottom of the political totem pole. Tea party ideology is not very conducive to regulations that curb corporate power nor to taxes that restore the wetlands. No wonder we look to the good will of the wealthy for solutions. Similar to the ways in which the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is addressing health, technology and educational issues around the globe, the Rockefellers and their foundation are working to save the environment.
May 25, 2011
I’d like to warn our dear readers: This piece is likely to be a somewhat dark one.
May 25, 2011
Create your job. Stop counting on someone else to employ you. Take risks, add value, and create something new.You know a hell of a lot about education. You develop, manage, and integrate a range of technologies. You know what services in higher ed could be delivered faster, better, and cheaper if someone started the right company or developed the right application or service. That person should be you.
May 25, 2011
Education Gods,Grant me the endurance to get through the ceremonies I have to attend,Good alibis for the others,And the political savvy to know the difference.
May 25, 2011
My inbox, yesterday, contained the weekly digest of announcements from AASHE. As always, the subject line highlighted one or two specific achievements -- yesterday, it said "MIT Signs International Sustainability Charter." That was enough to grab my attention. After all, some of the best interdisciplinary climate science and policy research comes out of MIT. The phrase "international sustainability charter" brought all that to the front of my mind.
May 25, 2011
For the past several months I’ve been stewing about balance and life goals. It seems to be my favorite topic for inner reflection as I ponder whether I’m being true to myself and to my family. As someone who left academia to care for my children full-time, I also question at times whether my views are relevant on this site devoted to higher education.
May 24, 2011
Can we declare the era of the timed exam (almost) completely over? 6 Reasons to End (Almost) All Timed Exams*:1. Level the Playing Field: Does it really make sense anymore to separate some timed exam and un-timed exam groups? When all exams are un-timed, nobody needs to request accommodation or make separate arrangements. What do we lose by setting time boundaries on exams? Seems to me we are often testing the ability to take a test within a certain amount of time, rather than student understanding.

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