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September 9, 2010 - 7:01pm
As I work proofs with my Calculus and Higher Geometries students, I often run across the Greek symbol that, in math, means “there exists." This might show up, for example, in statements such as “there exists” a point, a line or, (in economics) an equilibrium. Such existential issues are not foreign to mathematics, as arguably the most famous existential statement, “I think, therefore I am”, was made by Rene Descartes, who also gave us the “Cartesian Plane”, the intersection of the X and Y axes that becomes the canvas on which we draw analytic geometry.
September 9, 2010 - 6:15pm
One of the most significant annual conferences each year (actually two -- one in the USA and one across the pond) is run by a little group known as TED. The name started out to mean "technology, entertainment, design", but the subject matter has expanded significantly in the last 25 years. The TED conference is probably the single outstanding forum for communicating bold and important ideas across industry, sector, discipline and international boundaries.
September 9, 2010 - 7:37am
September 6th was the 150th birthday of writer, philosopher and political activist Jane Addams --the first woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and the founder of Chicago’s Hull House. I decided to require my honors students to meet me for class this week at the Hull House museum, where a block party birthday celebration was planned for the community (with free food...).
September 8, 2010 - 10:32pm
A new correspondent writes:I'm a librarian at a community college. The Library and Tutoring Center together make up the Learning Resources department and we're part of the Liberal Arts Division. The dean of our division has been in his position for (many) years. One of his primary goals since he arrived here has been the renovation of the library building to update it and reallocate much of the library's space to other support-services like the Tutoring Center, Reading Lab, and Language Lab. The construction has finally begun.
September 8, 2010 - 10:00pm
For women in the academy, one’s name is akin to a passport which under no circumstance must you tamper with. Your reputation as a scholar is attached to your name, which when subjected to a Google search, may yield only a few or a substantial number of hits depending on if it is correctly remembered or spelled. Unlike men, marriage pressures women to decide whether or not to make this changed civil status a separate “name reality” from their professional one. It is a tough choice to make.
September 8, 2010 - 2:30pm
Great dialogue this week in our discussion of the relationship between the for-profit and non-profit educational sectors. Thank you to everyone who has contributed.
September 8, 2010 - 8:59am
Last week I read a publication newly released by the AAUP (American Association for University Professors) giving “Recommendations on partner accommodation and dual career appointments.In reading it, I started thinking about some of the many dual-academic couples I know.
September 7, 2010 - 10:20pm
The first week of classes has a charm all its own. Students are everywhere, professors are rested and ready, nobody’s behind yet, parking is a nightmare of Biblical proportions, a few professors turn up missing at the last minute, and everyone -- everyone -- complains about the bookstore.It’s the same every year. It’s actually sort of reassuring.I can count on hearing certain things, and have already gone through most of the list for this year:“Books are too expensive!” Yes, they are.“Can you believe what some students wear in public?” No, I can’t.
September 7, 2010 - 9:45pm
The comment posts and discussion in yesterday's blog post on "3 Ideas for For-Profit Communication" are fascinating. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far to the discussion. (The debate and questions raised in the comments section are fascinating - and I'm particularly pleased that people from the for-profit and non-profit world are contributing).I was struck by what MiddleMgmt wrote:

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