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September 10, 2009 - 8:03am
Why is birth control an expensive, hot potato issue for the national health care debate and barely mentioned as an environmental problem? My own health issues have led me to new levels of outrage that our government, religious institutions and medical scientists can’t seem to figure reproductive politics out a little better for women or the environment. Haven’t we got the picture yet? We’re outgrowing the planet!
September 9, 2009 - 9:22pm
In dealing with stimulus money, my college is caught between the dog and the fire hydrant. On the one side, we have glaring needs, and the whole point of the stimulus is to get the money moving quickly into the economy. We've identified the ways we'd like to spend our allocation, and without being unduly braggy, I'll admit they're pretty good. The money will move rapidly through different sectors of the local economy, particularly in areas where it's most needed. And some of what we're paying for will actually reduce our operating costs (energy and hvac, mostly) in the future.
September 9, 2009 - 9:17pm
Dear EDUCAUSE: Please Kindle Your Publications This week I checked out our Library's Kindle 2 so I could test the thing myself. My main need is to be able to manage my professional reading. Many PDFs cross my desk, and I end-up carrying lots of print-outs around. It would be ideal to have these all in my e-book reader. Why Kindle? Well ... I'm very much hooked into the Amazon ecoystem and I may want to also read a book or two. My first experiment was with the EDUCAUSE Review.
September 9, 2009 - 9:04am
Last week my husband’s PhD advisor, Karel Liem, died after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. His death reminds me of what a central figure a graduate advisor can be. Starting as soon as he was diagnosed, emails, phone calls, blog entries and photos circulated as his academic family swirls in support, consolation and remembrance of him.
September 8, 2009 - 9:17pm
Tenured Radical has a wonderful post up about saying 'no' to excessive service requests. It's a thoughtful piece, and it raises the caliber of discussion of the topic well beyond the usual "I'm just a girl who can't say no" lamentations. Check it out. Correctly, in my estimation, TR locates the root of wildly different service burdens in structural, rather than personal, causes. The money quote:
September 8, 2009 - 9:11pm
Learning technologists share an abiding faith in the power of the creative process. We believe that students learn when they create. In grad school we were told that the divide line between a graduate student and an undergraduate is that the graduate student is creating knowledge. We want push opportunities to create knowledge out to all of our students because we believe that it is the teacher who learns, the speaker who learns, the writer who learns, the blogger who learns, the mashup producer who learns.
September 8, 2009 - 12:53am
I’m gratified by the response to my last post, which got more comments than any other in recent memory, except for the ones in which I gave away stuff for free. It’s good to know what sorts of things engage an audience.
September 7, 2009 - 9:38pm
To the parking gods:Forgive us, for we know notwhat students will do. Yes, I know that you"don't need no English comp class"but I think you do. Hand sanitizer.Times changing. Remember whenbeer was all the rage? Bookstore charges morethan tuition. Info wantsto be free? Not here. Email system down.Students Facebook anyway.Feeling really old. Prank history prof:"Photocopier is down!"I am a bad man.
September 7, 2009 - 9:14pm
This is the first of a series of occasional posts I call FUNQs, for Frequently UNasked Questions. These are perplexities that anyone new to an institution — whether faculty, freshman, or employee — is sure to have about the campus library. Some FUNQs, like that below, appear to be straightforward, one-time issues. After someone has discerned the answer, they think they can check it off their agenda for good. But no. Unlike species on a birder’s lifetime list, certain FUNQs need to be checked off anew for each library a person confronts.
September 7, 2009 - 9:08pm
The top 5 reasons why we will see Microsoft buying Blackboard by the end of 2010:

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