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December 8, 2009 - 5:50pm
Sometimes, you need to fight fire with fire. Taking the high road (sharing information; describing costs, benefits and risks -- all that cognitive stuff) is necessary, but it's not sufficient in today's deafening cultural environment. As proven by both politics and Politics (my ... an L. Frank Baum moment!), negativity works. Nasty works. Totally absurd arguments can be persuasive, particularly when they're never pointed out for what they are. Gresham's law applies to information as much as to fiat money (which is, of course, only information with prestige).
December 7, 2009 - 9:39pm
A savvy admin will pick battles carefully. I've seen too many cases of "you're right, but you're wrong to bring it up" over the years. So as a public service to any newbie administrators out there, I'll offer a few examples of battles you're really better off skipping, if you have the option.
December 7, 2009 - 9:32pm
I come from an academic family. My Dad, George Masnick, has had a long career as a demographer at Harvard. Dad sent me this e-mail the other day in response to some of the work that I'm doing in learning technology:"Boy, has teaching changed since I was in the saddle! I kind of feel sorry for all the over 50 professors who will become increasingly marginalized unless they can retool their teaching. Love, Dad"
December 7, 2009 - 8:39pm
Mothering at Mid-Career: End of Semester Bullets and Questions--What happened to Thanksgiving? We had a houseful — which is why there was no blog post from me last week—a broken oven (fixed before the big day, thank goodness) and a leaky roof. And yet we were thankful — for family, food, and a remarkable number of lost items recovered and broken items fixed. We might have preferred that they never got lost or broken, but you can't have everything.
December 7, 2009 - 8:34pm
When I hollered "The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!", I thought I was joking. Honest.
December 6, 2009 - 11:57pm
It’s time again in the academic year for reflecting on pressures that have held sway for months and, if you teach, for decamping from minds you’ve inhabited all semester. I find I’m never as relieved with all this as I’d anticipated being since August.
December 6, 2009 - 9:16pm
I need a word that falls between 'serendipity' and 'strategy.' (And no, I won't use 'strategery.')
December 6, 2009 - 5:31pm
Spent a few hours this week in the San Diego airport waiting for my red-eye flight back East. Had a backpack full of articles and reports that need to get read. A bunch of writing that needed to get written. Yet ... I found myself whiling away the hours happily watching "Glee" on Hulu. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to not break into song while watching that show? (I'm sure the TSA frowns on terminal singing).
December 6, 2009 - 4:54pm
Our family spent the Thanksgiving break in Dublin. I thought about the discussions here while on a tour of Trinity College, when our guide pointed out a statue of the Reverend George Salmon, the college’s provost from 1888 to 1904. Salmon was infamous, he told us, for having announced that women would be let into the college “over my dead body.”
December 4, 2009 - 3:22pm
It's getting to the end of the semester, which means that a lot of student projects are getting turned in (or soon will be). As the result of a fair amount of moral (at least, I think it was moral) suasion, a number of undergraduate skills courses at Greenback encourage use of subject matter that relates to my favorite topic. If the course is in writing, the student can write about sustainability. If the course is in research, the student can research sustainability. If the course is in statistics, the student . . . well, you get the idea.


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