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September 16, 2010
I'm not sure about what the implications of this might be, but somehow I expect there will be some.According to a paper in Population and Environment, American women are more concerned about climate change than American men. Possible explanations include differing traditional gender values -- nurturing and family as opposed to mastery and independence -- but I'm not sure there isn't more than that going on.
September 16, 2010
When I was a child, there was a commercial on (black and white) TV that had a very happy woman telling a friend about some beauty product, and then that friend told several friends about it, "and so on, and so on, and so on." The way news of this beauty product was spread mimics exponential growth, where the number of people told is raised to a power with each telling. I could not help but think of such growth when I learned recently of the death of one of my colleagues from our Department of Education.
September 16, 2010
Last week, there was a thought-provoking post over at IHE about lessons that the nonprofit sector of higher ed could learn from the for-profit sector. It’s worth checking out.Having worked in both, I mentioned in the comments that the lower-tier nonprofits, such as community colleges, would do well to learn certain lessons from the for-profits. One really basic one is the importance of addressing a certain kind of cultural capital that elite students already have, but that community college students generally don’t.
September 16, 2010
My six-year-old daughter likes to dance around the living room with a pink Barbie microphone pretending to be Sharpay from High School Musical. She leaps from one couch to another, gesturing wildly and imitating the teenage girls she watches in movies and videos. When she catches me looking at her from the other room, she imperiously orders me to leave; these personas are her private creations. I love her physical confidence, her swagger, and her joy in singing.
September 15, 2010
Monday’s IHE article about Open Source lecture capture tools offers yet another reminder about the link between instructional resources, instructional expectations (entitlements?), and the campus IT infrastructure.
September 15, 2010
This post is not about Google's new Priority Inbox feature for Gmail. Yes, I'm trying it - seems like a great idea.This post is about how amazing the cartoon for Priority Inbox is - how persuasive, informative, and amusing.Check it out.
September 15, 2010
One of the behaviors I try to account for when I'm doing a greenhouse gas inventory for Greenback U is commuting by faculty members. Faculty commute less often than staff, and typically shorter distances -- they're more likely to be able to afford decent housing near campus. Professors who live the closest to campus tend to walk to the office, but most faculty still drive. Then, there are the others. The ones who fly.
September 15, 2010
The new 2010 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings issue has just been released and we will see, no doubt, plenty of discussions and debate about the outcome.
September 15, 2010
Sometimes it seems like the first days of school go on and on. Last week was the official first day of school, but only for an hour and not for my kindergartener. She dressed up anyway to celebrate her brother’s first day. Her first "day" in the classroom was a twenty-minute parent-child meeting with the teacher. And nearly a week after everyone else started school, the kindergarteners spent two one-hour mornings in the classroom before finally attending for the full three hours.
September 15, 2010
While hurrying to class this morning among throngs of students on the quad, I heard the sickening thud of a body hitting the sidewalk and the scattering of papers. When the crowd parted I saw that an old man who looked like emeritus faculty had fallen. It took me a few seconds to get to him, in part because everyone in the area continued walking around him. He was breathing hard and was scared. I thought he might be having a heart attack or stroke, but he said he was alright, and when I asked if he could stand, he said yes. I got him on his feet, alone.

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