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October 19, 2009 - 8:20pm
When we dropped Mariah off at college this fall we didn't really think we'd see her before Thanksgiving. The drive, for one thing, is punishing: 550 miles, most of it on I-95, and however much googlemaps says you can make it in 8.5 hours, we've never done it in less than ten. Ten and a half, really. My schedule's unusually busy this semester and a weekend away seemed an impossiblity. And, with Parents' Weekend only six weeks after the beginning of school, we wondered how much there would be to talk about anyway. With e-mail, facebook, and cellphones, wouldn't we feel up to date?
October 19, 2009 - 8:14pm
The future will judge academic librarians by how well they were able to build coalitions across institutions and negotiate with publishers to bring digital books into a co-equal status with physical books.  This is a hard problem to solve, but leaders will be judged on how well they solve the hard ones.  
October 18, 2009 - 9:12pm
I've spent some time this weekend preparing for my EDUCAUSE Point/CounterPoint debate with John Fritz on Learning Management Technologies: Enterprise System or Consumer Good? We are lucky to have Gardner Campbell moderate the session, so, to get ready, I watched the discussion he had with Jim Groom about the Edupunk movement.
October 18, 2009 - 6:20pm
One of my clients has written a book that is about to be published. It is an excellent book -- beautifully written, with interwtined themes that reverberate long after the narrative ends. The book was recently reviewed in a distinguished publication with an online presence, and my client sent me a link to the review. It was outstandingly positive, the sort of review that makes you want to run out and buy the book, and I congratulated her heartily.
October 18, 2009 - 5:12pm
On a recent collecting trip through the thickets of creative nonfiction, I took note of a form that must have its roots in something ancient that I’m not remembering:
October 16, 2009 - 2:30pm
So if educators in "red" states should take it upon themselves to correct their elected climate change deniers in public, do those of us in "blue" states get a free ride? Not at all.Too many people on the "blue" side of various aisles condition their support for Waxman-Markey, or Kerry-Boxer, or more substantive climate change legislation on the availability of corporate welfare for increased nuclear power, for "clean coal" technology, and for extravagant hand-outs to existing utility companies. Not all, but still ...
October 15, 2009 - 8:52pm
Should a college doing layoffs simultaneously fund sabbaticals?
October 15, 2009 - 8:34pm
A long time ago, in a college that now seems to be a galaxy far, far away, I started my college career thinking that I was going to major in physics. While I did go on to earn a minor in the subject, it wasn’t long before I realized that I could apply the same math used in physics to study the economy, and I changed my major to economics, going on to earn a Ph.D. in the field. Besides, when I was in high school, I had gone so far as to take out a classic economics textbook from the library and read it, for fun. I guess I should have known that economics would grab me in the end.
October 15, 2009 - 6:58pm
The Chronicle's article "Open Courses: Free, but Oh, So Costly" provides one model for open courseware. This M.I.T. model costs $10,000 to $15,000 per course - double that if lecture capture video is included. Marc Parry, the articles author, notes that:
October 15, 2009 - 4:04pm
Any real debate is over. Take a look at the following, and then let's talk about whose words these are.Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increasesin global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and risingglobal average sea level. Global mean surface temperatures have risen by 0.74°C (1.3ºF) overthe last 100 years. The rate of warming over the last 50 years is almost double that over the last

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