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February 7, 2011
Dallas may have been the center of the sports world on Sunday during the Super Bowl. But Texas aims to be the center for innovation when it comes to producing thousands more graduates who are prepared for higher education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
February 6, 2011
I’ll skip yet another weather-related rant, except to use it as a metaphor. Those of us in chilly climes know that a warm day in winter is very much a mixed blessing; yes, it helps clear the backlog of snow and ice, but inevitably some of the resulting water is blocked from going where it should, so it refreezes. Refrozen stuff is often even worse than the original, since it’s smoother and harder to see. (The usual term of art is “black ice,” since you can see black pavement underneath.) I’m wondering if there’s a way to prevent refreezing of campus initiatives.
February 6, 2011
I’m preparing for my fifth trip to India, my second with students. I run the Global Corps Practicum program in Hubli, Karnataka State, a month-long workshop on community development and social entrepreneurship. Students are paired with Indian students, and together they conduct the field research and organizational building necessary to solve community problems. I work closely with a well-known organization, the Deshpande Foundation, which funds the program, provides the much-needed community links, and gives our work credibility within the community.
February 6, 2011
I remember when I first watched a video on Vimeo. The video player was aesthetically pleasing and there were all sorts of wonderful videos to watch. I even purchased a Vimeo Plus account (enhanced features for a minimal fee) and started uploading my own videos to the site. I was, and still am, a fan of Vimeo as a great place to find fascinating web videos.
February 6, 2011
Last Saturday, I took my older daughter and her best friend to a performance of Nearly Lear at New York’s New Victory Theater. The show stars Susanna Hamnett as the Fool. She also plays every other role in this adaptation of the Shakespeare tragedy and she and Edith Tankus wrote the play besides. I am a major fan of the work done by the New Victory and have been taking my kids to shows there regularly for the last ten years, but I really hesitated to buy tickets to this show. I first read King Lear in high school and have seen it performed multiple times.
February 6, 2011
Go and check out Instructure's new Canvas LMS. You can play with the system, as I have been doing, by signing up for a free course account. Next, go ahead and read what Michael Arrington has to say about Instructure over at TechCrunch.
February 6, 2011
Frank Plantan objected to last week’s post, stating,
February 5, 2011
As always, simply e-mail me (only once today) at oronte.churm@insidehighered.com to enter. Today only, be sure to include in your title the secret words, which tell an untruth about Radio Free AWP, unless you're going for that Larger Truth Kind of Truth, like Winston Churchill meant when he said, "This is not the end. It is not even the beginning f the end. It 'tis, perhaps, the end of the beginning, haw haw, bring me my brandy." The secret words:This is not the end***Today’s giveaways:
February 5, 2011
Gale Walden considers The Sadness Museum at AWPs past.Gale Renee Walden is a poet and fiction writer who teaches and directs theses at multiple schools including Roosevelt University, University of New Orleans, and University of Wisconsin. She is also a book reviewer and travel writer.Click here to listen.
February 5, 2011
Press 53 author Michael Kardos talks about his forthcoming story collection One Last Good Time.

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