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September 6, 2010
The 26 August 2010 edition of the online magazine of the Times Higher Education reports that a study carried out by Prof. P. Whiteley of the University of Sussex, UK found that, using data of 30 OECD countries over the period 2000-08, there was no significant relationship between a nation’s economic growth and the number of tertiary students enrolled in science and technology (S&T) subjects. In particular, the study found that the correlation between the percentage of students enrolled in engineering and manufacturing courses and economic growth is negligible.
September 2, 2010
Summer orientation programs are almost over. Welcome week activities are currently in progress. The first week of classes has begun. In other words, it's the end of summer, and the fall term is ready to begin. With thousands of students streaming to campuses across the country, student affairs professional are ramping up their programming endeavors to assist students as they navigate, get oriented and make the transition to campus.
September 2, 2010
I took the unthinkable step off the tenure track when my second son was born. I have no desire to return, but I do crave recognition of my role as a member of the scholarly community. I continue to produce scholarship, but as someone on the tenure side-lines, no one cares or accounts for the time and energy it entails.
September 2, 2010
Mary Roach's "Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void" is the perfect book for anyone who is curious about the ins and outs (literally) of space travel.We learn:
September 2, 2010
--I don’t get the Apple tv thing. It only gets two networks, and they’re ones that I can get over the air for free. Apple, I enjoy following you guys, but you’re missing the point here. The point is to make it possible to drop cable tv, or at least to cut it back all the way to the very basics. Gaining the option of paying again to watch shows I could have tivo’d the first time they were on, on a connection I already have to keep anyway, is not a selling point. I don’t need another way to get ABC. I need another way to get Comedy Central.
September 2, 2010
This weekend is Labor Day, a day that signifies the end of summer and the start of the school year. Never mind that most of us have already started back to school, and that summer technically does not end for a few weeks. This weekend allows us a chance to relax and savor a few last minutes of summer before the cold weather begins to arrive. And so, as I prepare to join relatives for this long weekend, I sought out a bit of information about the history of Labor Day. Such information is all the more interesting to me, since my Ph.D.
September 2, 2010
In my more cynical moments, I sometimes feel like Merlin in T.H. White's The Once and Future King. Merlin had the distinct (dis)advantage of living life backwards, so that he was sometimes a bit vague on what had already happened but remembered well what was yet to come. All this gave him a richly ironic sense of humor which I flatter myself (the "rich" part aside, of course) that I share.
September 1, 2010
In a follow-up to an earlier discussion, a correspondent wrote:
September 1, 2010
So excited that William J. Pepicello, the University of Phoenix’s president, is looking for "media" opportunities. Dr. Pepicello, I'd like to offer you an opportunity to participate in this blog, and the price is zero! Below are a few questions that I'd like to ask. Please send your replies to editor@insidehighered.com and we will post them on this blog. A much better deal than whatever you got from NBC.
September 1, 2010
Classes start tomorrow and my syllabi are finally done. They've been completed for a few days, but I never deliver them to the copy center on time; I prefer making endless micro changes in the vain hope of creating the perfect syllabus. Ideally, a syllabus conveys a tone, makes a clear and compelling argument for the importance of the subject matter, and lays steel traps for potential slackers.

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