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June 24, 2010 - 5:19pm
There's a video making the rounds of the 'net, purporting to show the results of oily rain falling on Louisiana. I don't know that it's not a hoax although if it is, it's well done. The explanation it seems to put forth -- that oil has been carried up into the air by evaporating water and formed droplets -- makes no sense at all.In truth, I wish it did make sense. If that were happening, it would make an incredibly powerful "everything really is connected" case study.
June 24, 2010 - 3:01pm
The SCImago Research Group has just published a new ranking of Ibero-American universities, based on their research productivity, which is available for download, in Spanish. The indicators are based on the scientific publications.
June 24, 2010 - 9:06am
Last Sunday, on father’s day, The New York Times reported that fathers are becoming more stressed trying to balance jobs and family.
June 24, 2010 - 4:44am
India has a huge unmet demand for higher education. Having a young population and with school enrollment expanding rapidly, this demand is destined to grow further. Country’s increasing prosperity with rapid economic growth mean that more people can now afford to pay for higher education. In this backdrop, there has been keen interest globally about India opening itself to foreign providers.
June 24, 2010 - 12:16am
Why do we care so much about the actual and potential uses of bibliometrics (“the generic term for data about publications,” according to the OECD), and world university ranking methodologies, but care so little about the private sector firms, and their inter-firm relations, that drive the bibliometrics/global rankings agenda forward?
June 23, 2010 - 9:39pm
Last week I heard an interview with Seth Godin in which he mentioned the need for employees to make themselves indispensable. In the context of academic administration, I have to disagree. In fact, in many ways, making yourself dispensable means you’re doing your job well.
June 23, 2010 - 8:14pm
Have you figured out any methods for mitigating the proximity problem? This problem is particularly acute in higher education, where technology enabled and infused courses rely on the inputs of people who work across departments and buildings. The modern course is no longer a solo faculty act, as the ability of technology to help bring active learning engagements to large classes depends on the coordination and ideas of a range of learning professionals.
June 23, 2010 - 3:51pm
The Center for International Higher Education at Boston College presents a new blog, The World View, which will offer commentary, news, and analysis collected from an international network of experienced observers and researchers — global perspectives by global analysts. The opinions and analyses posted will be written to stimulate reflection and debate on the central issues facing higher education worldwide. Our community of bloggers will provide a wide range of viewpoints and perspectives.
June 23, 2010 - 3:48pm
The University of Kentucky, a public institution, used to hold the papers of that state's most esteemed living writer, Wendell Berry. But Berry, disgusted by the university's prostituting itself to the coal industry, pulled his papers last year. They will be housed someplace other than the house of ill-repute that UK has become.
June 23, 2010 - 7:41am
When my son was in kindergarten his teacher gave the class an exercise designed to help the children define what was important in their lives. They were asked to draw a series of concentric circles, with room within each circle to add drawings. In the center circle, the children drew the people or things that were most important to them, while the outer circles contained things of decreasing importance. When my son showed me his drawing, I saw that he’d made several perfect circles, but his only drawings, at the very center, were of our two cats.


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