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June 8, 2011
Sustainability, to the extent that it's achieved, will be achieved regionally. This is fairly easy to understand, if we look at what are called "GHG emissions offsets".
June 8, 2011
If clothing makes the man, then cases make the academic technologist.
June 8, 2011
Since my semester in Chicago has ended, I’ve been in Florida while my teenagers finish their last week of school. My son needs to excel on his final exams in order to receive grades higher than a ‘D’ in several classes for which he has lacked the ‘appropriate’ motivation to participate. His father and I (both educators) are mystified by Nick’s lack of concern for his grades. We suddenly don’t quite recognize our son.
June 8, 2011
When the anthology Mama, PhD, was published in 2008, another anthology came at almost exactly the same time, called Motherhood: The Elephant in the Laboratory, edited by Emily Monosson. Like Mama, PhD, it contains wonderfully written personal narratives of academic mothers, albeit with a science bent. Both books examine motherhood through the lens of academics, and academia through the lens of mothers – and their simultaneous publishing reflected the huge need for discussion of this topic (still just as true now, three years after publication of these volumes).
June 8, 2011
Walking down the block, a nice day. A bird’s entire wing lying on the sidewalk, not a feather missing from the pattern, unruffled. Only a spot of dried blood at the head of the humerus where it once attached to the body. The wing the size of a robin’s, probably a victim of one of the huge crows or the occasional hawk in the neighborhood. The sense that life is modular, meant to come apart and recombine.
June 7, 2011
Several alert readers sent along info that Connecticut and Rhode Island are considering streamlining their internal education governance systems, presumably to save money. Connecticut’s proposal involves combining oversight of community colleges, state colleges, and compass direction universities in a single board.
June 7, 2011
Amazon's post-mortem of its late April cloud services (AWS) outage makes for fascinating reading.As higher ed accelerates our transition to cloud based services, (e-mail, storage, backup, the LMS, lecturer capture storage/serving , media management, and eventually the SIS), we should think about the AWS outage in terms of the skills we need to develop and retain on campus.
June 7, 2011
Usually, I avoid reading and writing about star books as much as possible. As in the case of various pop stars, general and particular opinions are inevitably influenced by the ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ aired in the media, the result of ingenious PR campaigns aimed to sell. ‘Successful’ books are often evaluated in terms of sales reports and although I could appreciate a smart communication strategy aimed to increase the income of both the publisher’s house and the author, I prefer to keep myself away from the trends.
June 7, 2011
Where do student affairs practitioners go for information about technology and student affairs? I generally point folks toward several websites, including: BreakDrink, The SA Collaborative Blog, Higher Ed Live, and of course (ahem) this particular blog.
June 7, 2011
In more than one forum over the last couple of years I have made the claim that the concept of privacy has the potential to become a central organizing principle for politics in the twenty-first century. I venture this idea based on the following three thoughts. As a concept, it is as old as it is nebulous in civic life throughout Western society and therefore stands the test of time as an enduring political quality while not having been so thoroughly exhausted as the eighteenth-century notion of rights might be suspected of becoming as we move forward in this new, global century.

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