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December 2, 2009 - 7:08am
I found this article in the University of Maryland student newspaper last week describing an effort to expand family leave at UMD, at least for tenure-track faculty. Next week, the University senate will vote on a proposal which would allow faculty members to request up to 50% reduction in their work for up to two years (with proportional pay cut) to take care of any children under the age of five. Their tenure clock would also be commensurately slowed.
December 1, 2009 - 9:56pm
Ever wonder how to handle an aggressive student in a writing workshop, who just happens to be a notorious serial killer? Poet Mike Madonick relates his experience involving the I-5 Killer, sheep, farm boys, and James Dickey.***
December 1, 2009 - 9:51pm
We're heading into snow season again. That means we'll probably have another round of snow day decisions to make. Luckily, I don't make that call personally. I don't envy the poor soul who does.Snow days aren't so bad. If the college simply closes for the day, then that's that. It creates some issues with missed material and makeup classes, and it's a &*#$@! nightmare if it happens during final exams, but otherwise, it's manageable.Delayed openings are far worse.
December 1, 2009 - 9:27pm
I'm sitting in Boston's Logan airport, enjoying the free Google WiFi (until January 15th), preparing to fly to San Diego for ECAR Symposium 2009: Disruption, Adaptation, and Evolution.For the trip I'm carrying a cell phone (Pantech Breeze - CNET calls ideal for "senior citizens and those with disabilities"), an iPod Touch, an iPod Nano, and a MacBook Pro. My backpack contains about 10 pounds of printed reports (mostly ECAR and EDUCAUSE publications), and a couple of Economist magazines. I'm carrying 3 power chargers across the country. I'm a picture of non-convergence.
November 30, 2009 - 9:27pm
Are you up for a thought experiment? Let's say that you were given the keys Microsoft's cloud. You could move any platform, application, database, or service from your campus to Microsoft's distributed data centers. Let's further say that Microsoft, in an effort to gain higher ed mindshare and the opportunity to up-sell services and enterprise platforms, was offering its cloud to you for no money. Unlimited processors, bandwidth, and storage. Service level agreements. Long-term contracts.Where would you start? What would you do?My Candidates:
November 30, 2009 - 9:18pm
Anyone with kids, or a long memory, knows the story: pack the whole clan into a car for hours on end, pray to the traffic gods, hope you didn't forget anything too important, and spend days shuttling from extended family to extended family. When things go wrong, they go very, very wrong. But when they don't, it's lovely.This year we pulled off the equivalent of a hole-in-one. Everything worked, and it was lovely.
November 30, 2009 - 8:45pm
The Sierra Club needs our help. Especially those of use with dirt under our fingernails, stuck to our hair, ground into our skins.
November 29, 2009 - 9:07pm
A regular correspondent writes: I'm hoping your wise and worldly readers can shed some light on myanonymous, and of course (despite its curiously detailed nature),purely hypothetical problem.
November 29, 2009 - 9:01pm
The smartest decision that Blackboard has made recently does not involve a new feature, acquisition, policy change, or marketing strategy. The smartest decision Blackboard has made in recent months is to recruit Mark O'Neil to come work for the company as a new Technical Product Manager. You can read why Mark decided to accept the job at Blackboard in his own words over on the Dartmouth Curricular Computing blog.
November 29, 2009 - 7:59pm
So now we hear that President Obama is going to stop by the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen, while he's in the neighborhood. I'm not sure how much encouragement to take from this fact. After all, by the estimates I've seen, what the US is going to take to the conference is a non-binding target by 2020 of 3% emissions reduction (based on a baseline of 1990, the year most widely used by other countries - calculating a reduction from 2005 levels is just marketing fluff).

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