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August 16, 2010 - 3:00pm
OK, if superheroes aren't your idea of "comic", here's something that might be. A VW Beetle that's powered by the same stuff Frau R. keeps telling me I'm full of.Not that I'm endorsing it as ecologically sustainable, even if it does repurpose a major waste stream. To many unknowns in the technology involved.Just that it tickles my sense of karma. Or Karmann. Or some such.
August 16, 2010 - 12:00pm
Brian Flowers, 1924-2010 I've just said by last farewell to a former boss while welcoming a new one.
August 15, 2010 - 9:45pm
Guest blogger, Afshan Jafar, writing from Connecticut in the USA. Photo: Afshan Jafar Afshan Jafar
August 15, 2010 - 9:35pm
A new correspondent writes:Why are ranks at Community Colleges sometimes different from those at 4-year schools? For example, my rank is "Instructor," but I'm full-time tenure track. I only achieve the rank of "Assistant Professor" in five years, after I get tenure. The other ranks are for various levels of promotion.I know it's a minor issue, but frankly it drives me a little nuts having to explain to people that I am, in fact, TT and that I'm not a part-timer. Sometimes I just fudge and say "Assistant Professor," to avoid the confusion.
August 15, 2010 - 9:18pm
I often have two or three books going simultaneously, one or two of them "serious" and one much less so.The "less so" novel I just finished is "Soon I Will Be Invincible", by Austin Grossman. It's an original piece, but it draws heavily (and with obvious parodic intent) on material from Marvel and DC comic book universes. In fact, if you didn't grow up (and aren't growing up right now) with tales of Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Iron Man, and the X-Men, then reading the book would be a waste of your time. Grossman's considerable work and wit would be for naught.
August 15, 2010 - 9:07pm
Greetings, dear reader, and welcome to DigitalTweed. Launched in 1999 as a column in Converge Magazine, DT later appeared in Campus Technology Magazine (2003-06). Following an extended sabbatical, it returns to Inside Higher Ed, where IHE founders and editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman have given me permission to wander the academic landscape. If successful, these posts will inform and entertain, and at times also annoy. A little dissonance can be a good thing.
August 15, 2010 - 8:49pm
Hurricane Katrina helped convince much of higher education that there is a tremendous need for emergency planning. And many of us developed sophisticated plans to do what we need to do if an emergency strikes — resume full operation or get as close to that as possible, and do it in the least possible time. But what has happened to those plans since then and how prepared are we?
August 15, 2010 - 5:43pm
Parents of high schoolers here in New York have been following the recent events at Hunter High School with interest and some anxiety.
August 12, 2010 - 9:15pm
The first student looked at me with tears in his eyes, silent for a moment, and then said, “I have to call my parents.” The next tried to argue with me, then begged, pleaded, and finally resigned himself to the news. A third student meekly accepted my words, and the fourth didn’t come to the meeting at all, perhaps predicting that it would be about something she did not want to hear.
August 12, 2010 - 9:08pm
In our never-ending quest to help students succeed, we’re taking a fresh look at how we do academic advising on campus. From asking around, it seems like there are several different schools of thought on academic advising, each pretty much talking past the others.

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