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August 11, 2010 - 4:00pm
In case you missed it a couple of weeks back, a boat constructed almost entirely from re-purposed plastic soda bottles has sailed from San Francisco to Sydney, Australia!While I doubt that this will set a new standard in nautical design, I do think it makes a compelling (and classroom-appropriate) argument for the idea that what we currently consider waste could just as easily be considered a stream of useful materials.
August 11, 2010 - 4:30am
I've been keeping track of as many tweeting Senior Student Affairs Officers (SSAOs) as I possibly can via a Twitter list. It is interesting to see how different tweeting styles emerge based on personality, strategy, and a willingness to adopt social media from a leadership perspective.
August 11, 2010 - 4:15am
Reading President Obama's higher ed speech, and the comments about his speech from all of you, has left me with a number of questions.
August 10, 2010 - 10:00pm
For academics of a certain age, having many fine balancing acts to prioritize is our prerogative. UVenus writers have blogged about the dilemmas of matching parenthood and work, working with both international and local students, and finding time for vacation and work. I am now facing yet another point of equilibrium: how do I make room for both research and teaching within the frame of my allotted working hours?
August 10, 2010 - 7:25pm
Okay, I’m a little nerdy, but this was a huge moment for us.
August 10, 2010 - 4:15pm
According to a couple of recent reports, many large US companies want to be operate more sustainably, but really don't know how. As lame as that might sound, I think it's likely to be true.
August 9, 2010 - 9:00pm
Ever since I read an essay, "The Shock of Inclusion" by Clay Shirky in Edge, I've been pondering the implications of one of the stickiest concepts in the essay: he argues that publishing is the new literacy.
August 9, 2010 - 8:40pm
We’ve had some discussions on campus recently about new employee orientation, which starts in a few weeks. The general consensus seems to be that some sort of orientation is called for, but nobody seems terribly happy with the current version.
August 9, 2010 - 8:30pm
When our President gives a major speech devoted to higher education it is important that all of us take some time to listen and discuss what he has to say. If you have time, please go check out the full text of his speech in Austin. For those of you who do not have the time, I tried to pull out the quotes that I thought were most relevant and would lend themselves to discussion and debate.

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