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July 1, 2010 - 7:14pm
One of the little things I like about the National Research Council's recent report on the future of agriculture is the way it's published and priced. You not only get what you pay for, you pay for what you get.Want a bound copy plus a PDF? That's $76.50.Just the bound copy is $58.50 if you order it on the web.Just the PDF? $50.00.A PDF of a single chapter? Download it for $4.10.
July 1, 2010 - 12:11pm
A decade or more ago, the Australian government decided that international higher education could become a major income producer for the nation. The higher education sector was motivated to make money from international education by government budget cuts — revenue to be made up by entrepreneurial international activity. The essential goal of internationalization was moneymaking.
July 1, 2010 - 7:54am
I’ve been traveling around the country lately talking about the B.P. oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, screening excerpts of my Louisiana documentary and seeking solutions with other concerned individuals. It’s clear that no group or individual — not BP, the federal government, Kevin Costner -- has enough answers to this environmental disaster. It should be no surprise that the communities along the Gulf Coast feel abandoned with this mess.
June 30, 2010 - 10:16pm
Last night TW and I took the kids to the local library for Bingo for Books. (It doubled as an excuse to return a pile of books we all had finished, and to get some new piles.) On the way into the library, we ran into a family whose younger daughter is in TB’s class. When she saw TB, she immediately hid behind her older sister. Her sister shoved her out in front, and she smiled at TB. It was a classic embarrassed-to-see-my-crush move. TW and I decided that his charm comes from double recessive genes.
June 30, 2010 - 9:28pm
In the spirit of Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error, by Kathryn Schulz, I want to share with you what I've been thinking about a good deal - curricular media management platforms - and try to discover where my thinking is all wrong.
June 30, 2010 - 9:17pm
The National Research Council has produced Toward Sustainable Agricultural Systems in the 21st Century, a report describing how farming practices and thinking need to change so that society and farmers can both thrive.
June 30, 2010 - 8:16pm
On my first day as president of Alma College in Michigan, an alumnus I’ve come to know and admire sent me quote he attributed to a Major League umpire: “You’re expected to be perfect on day one and get better from there.” Phew. There's nothing like making the expectation clear.
June 30, 2010 - 12:22pm
The new UK coalition government presented its “emergency budget” to Parliament on 22 June. This aims to more or less eliminate the current deficit, mostly created in order to bail-out overstretched banks in 2008, by taking £113 bn (say US$ 170 bn) out of the economy in spending cuts and tax increases by 2014/15.
June 30, 2010 - 8:27am
My family and I are once again located at our favorite summer marine biology research station (our “summer camp for biologists”) through mid-July. Not only is it a research facility, but the marine station also offers summer intensive courses in different areas of marine biology, mostly for graduate students but a few advanced undergrads and some postdocs participate too.
June 30, 2010 - 1:02am
Andrew Jackson seems to be thinking: I’m not sure I can hold up under the weight. Warren G. Harding seems to say: It tickles me pink to be in office. Franklin D. Roosevelt swears: I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new meal for the American people.


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