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April 3, 2011
The hospital where my wife is a doc went live with a brand new electronic medical record system on Saturday. This transition is a huge deal, impacting every facet of how inpatient and outpatient care is delivered, tracked, analyzed and billed. Questions:1. Do you know of anyone who is working across the domains of medical computing and academic computing? On a Venn diagram, what would fall under the intersection of medical and academic computing?
April 3, 2011
I have been busy completing my remarks for this season’s first admitted students’ day event. Actually there are now multiple admitted students’ day events since we want the experience to be both as convenient and as personal as possible. And though my remarks are substantially changed from what I said last year, the message each and every year has been remarkably similar. I urge potential undergraduate students and their families to look for the long term value of the higher education the students are about to embark on.
April 3, 2011
Amid jokes about killing the fatted cheesecake (we're vegetarians), Ben returned home this week from his trip to England with his band. He reported having "one of the best weeks of my life."It's not surprising. His experiences included opening for some pretty big names, being videotaped and interviewed for a documentary on the Gateshead Jazz Festival, and sharing a meal with a jazz/pop idol, one of the few other veggie musicians present, who expressed an interest in his musical career. Pretty heady stuff for a 16-year-old.
April 2, 2011
Editor's note: This week's blog is an addendum to a blog posted last year. As with all initiatives, different strategies are needed for initiating and sustaining world class institutions. What follows are recommendations for sustaining these initiatives. The earlier blog can be read here.
March 31, 2011
An alert reader sent me a link to this article that suggests that too much choice (of courses and programs) for students can be paralyzing. Taken farther, it suggests that one way to improve graduation rates would be to run fewer programs.I actually agree with this.
March 31, 2011
Let me try out a theory on you. Not sure if it makes any sense, I'm one of those people that needs to write what I think, (and then discuss it with you), in order to get things straight in my head. And this NYTimes paywall thing is really bugging me.
March 31, 2011
Our question of the month comes to us from Ana Dinescu: “How do you fight writer’s block?”
March 31, 2011
Economics teaches us that we make choices based on the constraints we face. Often, these are based on the limits of the income we have at our disposal. I was reminded of this concept as I recalled my graduate school days of living in Boston.
March 31, 2011
Talk about long distance parenting…
March 30, 2011
- I love this poem. Hat-tip to Mary-Kim Arnold for flagging it.- The Boy and The Girl had an Ice Cream Social at their school last night. The cafeteria became a sundae bar, and the kids moved back and forth between that and the gym, where a dj played music and the girls danced. Anyone who wants to study gender in action should attend an elementary school ice cream social. The Moms are connected, buzzing with activity and emotion. The Dads drift, gamely but aimlessly, like cordial pinballs.

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