How mental illnesses affect life insurance policies

How mental illnesses affect life insurance policies

Perhaps there is no greater confusion than how various mental illnesses affect the purchase of life insurance coverage. Next in line is when a policy will pay a death benefit from suicide. Mood and anxiety disorders are common in today’s world.  From a life insurer’s point of view the risk of mortality is directly related […] … learn more→

3 reasons to consider Trade School instead of College

3 reasons to consider Trade School instead of College

At this point in time, every well-meaning person in your life will attempt to convince you to go to college to figure out what you want to be or to advance your career. Many fail to realize the power and possibilities of becoming a highly skilled worker through knowledge and experience gained by taking tradesman […] … learn more→

Three strategies to help students navigate dodgy online content

Three strategies to help students navigate dodgy online content

A recent Stanford University Report revealed that students’ abilities to distinguish between questionable and valid online content needed work. In one example cited in the report, researchers set high school and university students a task to evaluate the credibility of information found on the MinimumWage.com site. Only 9% of high school students and 6% of university students could identify […] … learn more→

How successful academics write

How successful academics write

I am a longtime fan of Helen Sword’s work on academic writing. I first came across her lovely piece in Studies in Higher Education on Writing higher education differently. Sword writes the first part of the paper in a conventional way, and then the second part in a more daring, direct and elegant way. This paper really […] … learn more→

4 ways to ensure you get your dream job

4 ways to ensure you get your dream job

We all have a dream job, and sometimes it can seem like it’s a long way down the road from where you are now. You might think that all you can do is wait and hope, but there are a lot of things you can do to ensure your ideal employment comes to you. Firstly, […] … learn more→

A conference paper? it may be five texts, not one…

A conference paper? it may be five texts, not one…

Conference season begins again. Well it certainly seems that way – there are lots of calls around for papers, workshops and posters. A conference paper seems like an easy thing to do. Just write the abstract, then write the actual paper, and then present it. Not too hard. And not high stakes at all. A […] … learn more→

LIGO announcement vaults astronomy out of its silent movie era into the talkies

LIGO announcement vaults astronomy out of its silent movie era into the talkies

When LIGO detected its first gravitational wave back in September 2015, I was pretty excited to say the least. As part of a decades-long endeavor, our whole team was ecstatic to observe gravitational waves – which are literally ripples in space – caused by two black holes smashing together. It was the first time that Einstein’s predictions about these […] … learn more→

Educators have a responsibility to help students plan for life after graduation

Educators have a responsibility to help students plan for life after graduation

Ken Bain’s 2004 book, What the Best College Teachers Do, is something of a contemporary classic on the practice of higher education. One of the main themes of the book is the idea that the highest goal for college teachers is to inspire an intrinsic love of learning among college students. What is missing from this […] … learn more→

Game of Thrones and College football

Game of Thrones and College football

  It’s obligatory to put “spoiler alert” in front of discussion of Game of Thrones; I’m going to be discussing one episode in detail, “Battle of the Bastards,” so if you haven’t seen up to that part, fair warning to stop reading now. –it’s a great shot, but this was a throwaway, a desperate attempt […] … learn more→

5 promising models for College affordability

5 promising models for College affordability

As reported last week by Ashley A. Smith in Inside Higher Education, one of the most interesting developments in higher education is how the growing concern over high tuition sticker prices is playing out in state and national politics. Much of the discussion is a good-hearted effort to make college more affordable, especially for middle class students […] … learn more→