Dawn of ‘Trumpocene’ era spells disaster for world’s primates

Dawn of ‘Trumpocene’ era spells disaster for world’s primates

Eight years ago, in the middle of the night in a damp forest in Madagascar, I found myself standing alongside a similarly wet but happy Russell Mittermeier, then president of Conservation International. We were very happy because we were both, for the first time in our lives, peering through the darkness at the world’s smallest […] … learn more→

Growing gap between flagship state universities & public colleges

Growing gap between flagship state universities & public colleges

Writing in the New York Times last month, Laura Pappano offered a thoughtful analysis of the efforts by public colleges – principally public flagship universities – to find new sources of revenue, diversify their student bodies, and expand their national reputations. It’s an interesting trend that should be watched closely. America’s colleges and universities have […] … learn more→

5 reasons why digital learning is the future of education

5 reasons why digital learning is the future of education

As the world embraces digital devices and technology, the field of education must strive to find the best ways to incorporate these tools into instruction. Simply using technology doesn’t necessarily offer a better learning experience; its use must be purposeful and engaging. There are many different advantages to using technology in education, which makes it […] … learn more→

Protect your privacy during turbulent times: A hacker’s guide to being cyber-safe

Protect your privacy during turbulent times: A hacker’s guide to being cyber-safe

Protecting individual privacy from government intrusion is older than American democracy. In 1604, the attorney general of England, Sir Edward Coke, ruled that a man’s house is his castle. This was the official declaration that a homeowner could protect himself and his privacy from the king’s agents. That lesson carried into today’s America, thanks to […] … learn more→

Why I left academia post-PhD for the world of driverless cars

Why I left academia post-PhD for the world of driverless cars

“That’s already been invented, you idiot!” was a friend’s reaction to my answer to the question “What do you want to do when you grow up?”. I’d said that I wanted to be an inventor, and when prompted for any ideas, I said that I thought electric cars were kind of cool. This was in […] … learn more→

5 DIY dorm room décor ideas

5 DIY dorm room décor ideas

Being on a tight budget and then living in a small dorm room doesn’t mean that you cannot have a stylish space. College happens to be the only time when you get to be roomies with your best friends and make it worth it.  Even a dingiest 3 bed dorm room could look amazing with […] … learn more→

Mandatory microaggression training?

Mandatory microaggression training?

I’ve written before of the microaggression lunacy affecting our campuses. It contributes to the culture of fear that is the lot of a typical teacher in higher ed—everything you say can now be viewed as offensive enough for termination, even if the offense is too small to be seen by any normal person. How do […] … learn more→

U.S. now ranks near the bottom among 35 industrialized nations in math

U.S. now ranks near the bottom among 35 industrialized nations in math

The math achievement of American high school students in 2015 fell for the second time in a row on a major international benchmark, pushing the United States down to the bottom half of 72 nations and regions around the world who participate in the international test, known as the Program for International Student Assessment or PISA.  Among […] … learn more→

No food, no water, no sleep: is Brazil torturing student protesters?

No food, no water, no sleep: is Brazil torturing student protesters?

Brazil’s public relations disaster has gone from bad to worse. In September, congress impeached president Dilma Rousseff for dubious reasons, in what some have called a “democratic coup d’etat”. Since then, street protests against the new government have been violently repressed. … learn more→

It’s time to rethink teacher training

It’s time to rethink teacher training

Over the past six years, we’ve had calls for teachers to be trained in everything from protecting girls from female genital mutilation to knowing how to recognise mental health issues in students. And the list of what teachers “should” or “could” be trained in is now very long. But while each call for training has […] … learn more→