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January 13, 2010 - 7:09pm
. . . that gets us into trouble. It's the folks who like smoking who are the most likely to get cancer. It's the people who drive way too fast who are most likely to crash. The folks who want more salt on everything who develop high blood pressure. The carbohydrate addicts who get diabetes.
January 13, 2010 - 9:35am
Happy New Year everyone! Having passed through to the other side of our most consumer-driven season of the year, maybe you have seen this Toys R Us advertisement flier that was posted on Sociological Images, a blog associated with Contexts magazine? Toys ‘R’ Us has a line of “Edu-science” toys, which includes telescopes and microscopes.
January 13, 2010 - 12:49am
When I started teaching eons ago—by which I mean 12 technology years—most ambitious teachers hoping to see the work of their class in print could only photocopy booklets of student writing for the class’s own consumption. In 1998 we might have been calling these efforts ‘zines, since rhetoric departments believed that using the word “‘zine” was avante-garde in the way Russians in War and Peace think they’re awfully sexy speaking French.
January 12, 2010 - 9:14pm
A new correspondent writes:I’m now serving (on an interim basis) as director of a small program at a university, and I am struggling with the question of whether to apply when the search to fill the director position gets underway.
January 12, 2010 - 8:22pm
We often hear that buying a house will be a family's biggest expense. I wonder if this aphorism still holds true. In my family, our greatest expense will be higher education. My wife and I are committed to giving our girls (now 7th and 5th grade) the same advantage of a debt-free college and graduate school that we enjoyed.
January 11, 2010 - 9:43pm
A few years ago, during the brief window when there was money, a few colleges engaged in 'cluster hiring.' As I've heard the term used, it refers to allocating new faculty positions in clumps, rather than spreading them evenly around. Giving three lines at the same time to sociology, while telling psychology to hold its horses, would be an example.
January 11, 2010 - 8:12pm
Contrary to our popular image, those of us who work in technology are often skeptical about its potential. We know, from long experience, all the ways that technology can underperform and fail. We understand that those pushing technologies are often out to sell something, a product or an agenda, and it is our role to be skeptical.
January 10, 2010 - 8:55pm
As regular readers know, I listen to Marketplace podcasts faithfully. But this story nearly made me drive off the road.
January 10, 2010 - 8:21pm
With three sadistic university coaches fired in the last six weeks, and with outrage at their having been fired the dominant response among students and alumni, it's time to come to grips with the kinkiness of the American university.
January 10, 2010 - 8:09pm
Over the past several weeks, I have discussed the impact of attending a traditionally female college in the early 1970s. I wasn’t there that long — like most students of the time, I got on the train at 18 and disembarked at 22 with a diploma. But those four years were formative, shaping the rest of my personal and professional life in some important ways:

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