Monthly Archives: November 2012

Making the most of MOOCs

Let’s begin with an old story about using technology to innovate in the classroom. In the 1990s, when the Internet was coming into its own, Professor Antonio Gonzalez at Wesleyan University found an early way to utilize this technology to enhance his class. He recited and recorded a poem, by early 20th century poet Antonio […] … learn more→

Is Facebook a factor in psychotic symptoms?

As Internet access becomes increasingly widespread, so do related psychopathologies such as Internet addiction and delusions related to the technology and to virtual relationships. Computer communications such as Facebook and chat groups are an important part of this story, says Dr. Uri Nitzan of Tel Aviv University\’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the Shalvata Mental […] … learn more→

Things you didn\’t know about metal recycling

Aside from glass, metal is one of the most recyclable materials on the planet. While most metals are not stamped with a recycling symbol (like many plastics are), it is still possible to easily recycle metal in most areas. Here are five little known facts about recycling metals. It Creates Significant Reductions in Carbon Dioxide […] … learn more→

Name-dropping during an Interview

Usually knowing someone at a company where you’re seeking employment is a good thing. But dropping their name without any tact could rub a human resources official the wrong way and it might even cost you the job. “HR folks can sabotage a search if they feel one-upped,” said career coach Kelley Rexroad, a former […] … learn more→

Your unofficial job-application checklist

Recently I wrote about the \”official\” materials you submit for a tenure-track academic hire, like a statement of your teaching philosophy and a list of references. But in the Internet age, you are more than the sum of those formal documents. The \”unofficial\” part of your application is what exists about you online. I call […] … learn more→

Meeting of miniatures: technology is at a critical junction

It’s early morning, you’re preparing for the day ahead and thinking about life’s important conundrums. Is there enough muesli left for the week? Do you have enough time to catch the bus? Are you going to meet that looming deadline at work? How are we going to continue improving electronic technology beyond today’s generation? OK, […] … learn more→

World University rankings — Time for a name change?

I\’ve often wondered if the term \’World University Rankings\’ — the one deployed by the firm QS in its QS World University Rankings®, or TSL Education Ltd along with Thomson Reuters, in their Times Higher Education World University Rankings, is an accurate and indeed ethical one to use. My concern over the term was heightened […] … learn more→

Dust Bowl Revisited

On October 18, 2012, the Associated Press reported that “a massive dust storm swirling reddish-brown clouds over northern Oklahoma triggered a multi-vehicle accident along a major interstate…forcing police to shut down the heavily traveled roadway amid near blackout conditions.” Farmers in the region had recently plowed fields to plant winter wheat. The bare soil—desiccated by […] … learn more→