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November 20, 2010 - 2:00pm
The university held a Town Hall Meeting on Campus Safety here last weekend, which, for better or worse, coincided with Dads Weekend. Parents with distinguished-looking silver hair, wearing New Balance running shoes and the most expensive versions of school-pride parkas, lined up before the meeting to buy pumpkin spice lattes, hot chocolate, and cranberry scones from the coffee shop in the union.
November 18, 2010 - 11:15pm
 A few of the world’s research universities have established Institutes of Advanced Study—small, usually interdisciplinary, centers that bring together scholars and researchers from different fields, sponsor fellowships, invite top academics from other universities to campus, and in general provide intellectual ferment to the sponsoring university.
November 18, 2010 - 9:45pm
When I was in college in North Carolina, no one really thought much about "abroad" experiences. If you did go abroad, you went to Europe to study French or, as in my case, to learn Spanish in Madrid. The norm was to think of your career aspirations as a domestic endeavor. At the time, the Peace Corps seemed only to want engineering and nursing students, so it wasn't a viable option for an arts-n-science student.
November 18, 2010 - 9:30pm
I like writing about ed tech companies, particularly startup companies and the products/services that emerge from innovation centers within established industries. Writing and teaching are the best ways to learn. A large chunk of the innovation in teaching, learning and educational productivity will come from companies. I've worked in a publishing / ed tech semi-startup (Britannica.com Education), and learned that companies are filled with educators who see market mechanisms at the fastest and most efficient manner to disrupt the higher ed status quo.
November 18, 2010 - 9:20pm
One of the reasons I fell in love with the field of economics was its logical progression, the linear way it tends to build upon previous concepts to uncover a consistent way of looking at the world. In many ways, all of knowledge does the same thing, building upon previous skills as one learns first how to read and add, and finally, to put it all together in discovering things about the world that require the synthesis of some very different fields of study. I thought of this recently as I enjoyed a musical production at my daughter’s school.
November 18, 2010 - 9:14pm
Since Thanksgiving is next week, nobody wants to have meetings next week. That means that this week was doubled up.On Tuesday I had 8 meetings. On Wednesday, 6. Yesterday, 7.By the end of yesterday, I’ll admit getting a little punchy. That’s dangerous, because punchiness leads to snark, which leads to drama.I’m pretty sure there’s something in the Geneva Convention maxing out daily meetings at 6.
November 18, 2010 - 1:15pm
Something like a quarter to a third of greenhouse gas emissions, globally, are the result of food production. So one of the things I end up talking to students about fairly frequently is eating habits. Most often about eating locally or organically, but most interestingly about cutting down on meat consumption.
November 18, 2010 - 7:19am
What does it mean to archive emails? Are they the letters for the 21st century? Or are they the phone calls that simply disappear into the atmosphere? I know that I try to personally archive some of my children’s text messages, as well as their voice mails, because I understand that these fleeting moments document both their youth and the passage of time. Suddenly, though, there seem to be too many significant moments for me to save -- Facebook albums, chat sessions, cell phone photos--and a lot of technology to master in order to do it all.
November 17, 2010 - 10:00pm
This week I had a chat with the founders of Eleven Learning, a Cambridge Mass based startup with ambitions to re-engineer the economics of the textbook market. Eleven Learning's goal is to create a structure in which costs are systematically engineered out of the textbook production process. The result will be not only lower costs, but a great diversity and variety of textbooks.

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