05 mai 2014

The Problem With Assumptions

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.png?itok=ITDqfJNPBy Erin Bedford and Kelly Hanson. This post began as a glimmer of hope, and perhaps a little delusion. When those of us in the humanities look at the narratives about academia flooding the internet--there are no jobsadjunctificationoffers pulledfunding cut, and so on--we sometimes get thinking that those in the sciences tend to have it better. More consistent funding. Easier publishing opportunities. Jobs at the end of the tunnel. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 01:14 - - Permalien [#]


Creativity for Work and Play

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.png?itok=ITDqfJNPBy Laura B. McGrath. A few weeks ago, I asked complete strangers to write on me with markers. I had no idea what they would write, or if they would write anything at all. But write on me they did: on my arms, back, and shoulders, they wrote a collective poem, and then I made that poem dance, twirl, and do push-ups. It was a powerful experience, for me and for the poet-strangers. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 01:12 - - Permalien [#]

Promotional Considerations

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/library_babel_fish_blog_header.jpgBy Barbara Fister. I’ve just been noodling around ideas about libraries drawn from my very limited knowledge of the digital humanities and find myself bumping up against the issue of “impact.”
As Jeffrey Schnapp describes digital humanities, it’s an array of practices that are often collaborative, project-based, and public-facing. Libraries, archives, and museums can be both classrooms and laboratories for this collaborative project work and can support making work public. As he writes in his Short Guide to the Digital_Humanities, these cultural institutions are make spaces for inquiry. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 01:09 - - Permalien [#]

Cutting Corners

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/mama_phd_blog_header.jpg?itok=C5xGPD1aBy Laura Tropp. Every year, around the end of the semester/ school year, my husband and I enter what we call “crisis-mode.” This is the time of the year when we have to read semester-long papers, wind down our grading, finish up advising the stragglers, and hurriedly write those administrative reports coming due. Like a perfect storm, it’s also the time when weekends are taken up by activities such as weddings, showers, school shows, and outdoor events. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 01:06 - - Permalien [#]

Math Geek Mom: Finding a New Equilibrium

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/mama_phd_blog_header.jpg?itok=C5xGPD1aBy Rosemarie Emanuele. One of the first topics studied in a Principles of Economics course involves the shifting of curves. Downward sloping demand curves (price and quantity values at which consumers are willing to purchase goods) and upward sloping supply curves (combinations of price and quantity at which suppliers are willing to offer goods) are united in an equilibrium where there is no pressure for the price to change. These relationships are often presented as straight lines that shift up and down or back and forth. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 01:04 - - Permalien [#]


Joining a Group

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/mama_phd_blog_header.jpg?itok=C5xGPD1aBy Susan O'Doherty. Last semester, I took a musical improv "master class," in which I felt distinctly outclassed. Most of my fellow students were very experienced improvisers and/or professional musicians, and all were more confident and quicker than I was. They were also funny and nice, and even though I worried about bringing down the quality of our scenes, I learned a lot and had a wonderful time. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 01:01 - - Permalien [#]

Getting Ready to Commence

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/provost.jpg?itok=k-3W3N__By Herman Berliner. It’s that time of year. We are all getting ready for commencement and we are all trying to do whatever tweaking will make the commencement more of a  special moment for our students/graduates. A few years ago, we moved all our May commencements indoors for the first time in my memory. Of course, also part of my memories are the outdoor commencements where it rained or, even worse, there was thunder and lightning, and the outdoor commencements where winter made a reprise in May, or August arrived early instead. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 00:59 - - Permalien [#]

Nation-Building From the University Classroom

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/the_world_view_blog_header.jpgBy Darren L. Linvill. Since its political revolution in 2011, Libya has faced ongoing internal conflicts, and the future of this new democracy continues to be filled with doubt. Libya’s current central government struggles for legitimacy and lacks real power. Heavily armed militias, bands of former rebels, regularly defy the government and threaten Libyan oil exports, the country’s primary source of revenue. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 00:48 - - Permalien [#]

Unveiling Talent

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/the_world_view_blog_header.jpgBy Liz Reisberg. I’ve just returned from my fourth visit to Saudi Arabia and with each visit find myself more impressed by the women I meet. At first glance, the female population of Saudi Arabia seems inaccessible — robed and veiled in black, they seem like graceful black clouds floating by you everywhere you go. But when I have been privileged to enter those spaces where women can remove their veils, I find myself in the company of extraordinary talent — engineers, medical doctors, nuclear physicists. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 00:45 - - Permalien [#]

Colleges Urged to Count Patents in Tenure Reviews

HomeUniversities should begin making patents and other industrial and commercial research count toward promotion and tenure, in an effort to stimulate such research nationwide, argues a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal. "There is a fundamental disconnect between technology transfer activities and incentives for faculty members in terms of merit raises, tenure and career advancement," Richard B. Marchase, co-author and vice president for research and economic development at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said in a news release. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 00:33 - - Permalien [#]