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February 22, 2010 - 9:15pm
Why [do] people who [know] Dr. Bishop only through reading about her crime make excuses for her?Jonathan D. Moreno, a professor of medical ethics and the history and sociology of science at the University of Pennsylvania, thinks reactions have to do with a long tradition that goes back to Plato. The idea, he said, is that someone who is very intelligent is assumed to be “morally wise.” And that makes it hard to reconcile the actions of Amy Bishop, with her Harvard Ph.D., her mantle of scientific brilliance.
February 22, 2010 - 8:50pm
The comments to my 2/11 blog post on "learning styles and tuition dollars" were really great. Commentators really took me to task on the theory of learning styles. Cedar, an Asst.
February 22, 2010 - 8:02pm
. . . and it is, in truth, apparently banal. Oh, it's kind of new-tech, in a 21st century social-networking-becomes-social-engineering sort of way. And I suspect that college students and relatively recent grads are at the center of its target demographic.The spawn of the Devil, in all its Hellboy-meets-Hello-Kitty cuteness, can be yours at blippy.com.
February 21, 2010 - 10:17pm
The worlds of science and politics were meant to be united in the fourth homework assignment for the course. After researching the topic, I had to write a one-page letter to my Congresswoman urging her to vote for, or against, a ban on sun tanning beds for under-18s. The science was unmistakably on the side of support for the bill, so I went with that.
February 21, 2010 - 9:06pm
I've come up with a one-question quiz to determine whether your workplace is toxic. 1. When Smith attacks Jones in public in dirty, ad hominem, and generally unprofessional ways, and Jones responds by taking the high road, what happens?a. Jones would never take the high road. Nobody ever does. It's on!b. Jones takes the high road out of town.c. Jones is viewed as the loser, since the high road is interpreted as weakness.d. Onlookers divide into warring camps, and others do the dirty work for Jones.
February 21, 2010 - 8:59pm
A major story in last Tuesday’s Inside Higher Ed was that Middlebury College “will plan its budgets each year by capping its ‘comprehensive fee’ – the equivalent of tuition, room and board at other private colleges—at an upward limit of 1 percentage point above the Consumer Price Index.” Certainly this move makes good sense in terms of positive publicity for Middlebury and it also provides a valuable fiscal restraint framework to operate under.
February 21, 2010 - 8:38pm
This past week our kids spent a day at the Killington Superstars ski and snowboard program. $180 for six hours. Lunch included.  
February 21, 2010 - 6:23pm
Thanks to everyone who commented on last week’s post. As always, every comment made me think. I’m especially grateful to those who pointed out the fallacy of my assertion that the world is more dangerous (for middle-class children) than previously, because it made me think a lot. Obviously, I should have done some research before I mindlessly repeated that myth.
February 19, 2010 - 3:24pm
Before I came to work at Greenback, I used to travel on business quite a lot. Never much cared for it, and was happy to give it up.
February 18, 2010 - 10:13pm
I've been following the Bill Reader case with interest for the last few weeks. (For the record, I don't know him, and I don't know anyone at Ohio University.) I read it differently than most folks in internet-land. The question of the proper weight to give to considerations of 'collegiality' in tenure deliberations is a thorny one, and not where I'll focus here. I'll just note that one person's strategic vitriol is another person's hostile work environment, and that administrators who don't keep an eye out for the latter aren't doing their jobs.


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