Monthly Archives: February 2014

Does cell phone use cause accidents?

Does cell phone use cause accidents?

For nearly 20 years, people have widely believed that using a cell phone while driving distracts drivers and causes an increased amount of accidents. Today, 39 states, including the District of Columbia, have banned texting while driving, and 10 states have prohibited the use of hand-held cell phones while driving. However, a recent study from […] … learn more→

Life skills as College?

Life skills as College?

“…100 level lessons will help you find resources to pay for college, understand the steps required to apply for financial aid and prepare to repay your student loans…” —I’m serious, this is a college course, from a supposedly non-profit institution. Not only are students being loaned money, they’re now being billed to learn how to […] … learn more→

It still makes sense to build an overseas campus

It still makes sense to build an overseas campus

Students have always travelled in search of the best study opportunities and researchers have always collaborated across borders. But until fairly recently, higher education institutions have been stubbornly national – whether limited by the demands of domestic regulation or by protectionist approaches in potential destinations. With the exception of a small number of private sector […] … learn more→

In search of a principled stance on toleration and acceptance

In search of a principled stance on toleration and acceptance

Opinions are not hard to come by, but merely having a position is not enough. The great achievement is in having a point of view that is defensible, that does not buckle under the pressure of scrutiny. The same is true of belief systems. Most people are interested not only in believing things, but in […] … learn more→

Sexual dysfunction and diabetes – a taboo not limited to men

Sexual dysfunction and diabetes – a taboo not limited to men

Ever since former presidential candidate Bob Dole announced that he had erectile dysfunction it has become common and even blasé for men to discuss their own sexual dysfunctions, especially if they are diabetic. However, women diabetics also suffer from sexual problems as a direct result of their diabetes. According to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, […] … learn more→

The culture of fear in Higher Education

The culture of fear in Higher Education

“Patricia Adler stunned her students in a popular course on deviance Thursday by announcing that she would be leaving her tenured position teaching sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder… Adler said that officials told her that one of the highlights of the course — popular year after year – had to go.” –so […] … learn more→

A gay old time? Social media lessons from Russia

A gay old time? Social media lessons from Russia

As the Winter Olympics in Sochi draw to a close, a brief survey of trending topics across social media and international press reveal some entertaining and frightening contradictions on the slippery slopes of privacy, politics and disruptive sexuality. The ramifications of challenging the established order are evident in brutal images of gay men beaten by […] … learn more→

Betting on vetting

Betting on vetting

Imagine that, having polished a dissertation for publication or finished a second or later book, the social-science scholar sends the typescript to an independent Review Institute. The institute determines a list of five to 10 scholars worldwide who are best placed to evaluate the work, taking into account both those experts cited in it and […] … learn more→

Are raw food health claims overcooked?

Are raw food health claims overcooked?

Eating only raw foods has emerged as a popular dietary trend. Proclaiming an emotive health message, it is enough to make you think twice before next adding heat to your food. But fear not – on the scales of health, there is little to tip the balance in either direction. Raw food advocates claim cooking […] … learn more→

Is it possible to escape the casual teaching trap?

Is it possible to escape the casual teaching trap?

Having recently submitted my PhD with timely support and advice from various posts, I thought that the findings from my PhD might be of use to those of you in the higher education community. My PhD was an investigation of the casualisation of academic work in Australian universities. My research involved a large survey of […] … learn more→