Monthly Archives: December 2012

Runners benefit from new spin-out – Research

Run3D Ltd, a new Oxford University spin-out company, provides a pioneering service to help runners avoid a common form of injury. The firm offers Europe\’s first computerised three-dimensional assessment for preventing the types of overuse injuries that affect 50% of runners. Run3D\’s service uses 3D motion analysis checked against the world\’s largest biomechanical database to […] … learn more→

Damage control for your holiday mishap

How to repair your reputation after a holiday party blunder. Alright, so you didn’t read my last article – you had a few too many vodka and tonics and things got a little out of hand at your company’s holiday party. Whether you mouthed off to your manager, got caught up in an inappropriate conversation, […] … learn more→

Online classes see cheating go high-tech

Easy A\’s may be even easier to score these days, with the growing popularity of online courses. Tech-savvy students are finding ways to cheat that let them ace online courses with minimal effort, in ways that are difficult to detect. Take Bob Smith, a student at a public university in the United States. This past […] … learn more→

Banned Books Awareness: “The Book of Negroes”

This is a republish of this article Lawrence Hill wrote one of the bestselling and most-popular Canadian novels of all time; but what does he do for an encore? Hill, who will be in Edmonton this coming Tuesday (4/17/12) to deliver the University of Alberta’s annual Henry Kreisel lecture, knows how to follow up a […] … learn more→

The hidden world of medical racism in the United States

The idea that discredited, repugnant ideas about racial differences might play a role in medical diagnoses and treatment today is one that doctors ought to find profoundly disturbing. The racially biased treatment of patients is a grievous violation of medical ethics and a direct threat to the dignity of the profession. But over the past […] … learn more→

Want to change academic publishing? Just say no

When I became a professor, 20 years ago, I received a request from a woman who lived close to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I taught: Could she come and talk to me about a set of interests she was developing, in the area of my own specialty in anthropology, and get my advice […] … learn more→

UK teenagers without the internet are \’educationally disadvantaged\’ – Research

A major in-depth study examining how teenagers in the UK are using the internet and other mobile devices says the benefits of using such technologies far outweigh any perceived risks. The findings are based on a large-scale study of more than 1,000 randomly selected households in the UK, coupled with regular face-to-face interviews with more […] … learn more→

You can go home for the holidays

An assistant professor in the sciences once described a particularly unpleasant Christmas visit home during which his cousins needled him relentlessly about the title and topic of his latest research paper. Eventually, he got so angry that he walked out and did not return for hours. He spent the rest of the holiday simmering with […] … learn more→

And now for something completely different

Mayan predictions for the end of the world aside, the years ahead are likely to be quite different for higher education than the past 100 years. As our holiday gift to you, we have put together this anthem for the end of higher education as we know it. Sing along! Please sing to the tune […] … learn more→

Expanding dust bowls worsening food prospects in China and Africa

When most people hear the term “dust bowl,” they think of the American heartland in the 1930s, when a homesteading wheat bonanza led to the plowing up of the Great Plains’ native grassland, culminating in the greatest environmental disaster in U.S. history. Despite warnings from researchers and some farmers, history repeated itself in the Soviet […] … learn more→