Posts Tagged ‘academe’

November 15th, 2017 - 12:47 pm § in Misc.

Being Unemployed While Academic in Sweden

Things are different in Sweden but even with good unemployment benefits and i a union to help employment its better if you belong to an a-kassa? A-kassa is voluntary unemployment insurance. Probably not. If pay that monthly fee for the security it gives you, here is what a Swediah a-kassa (an u[...]

September 28th, 2016 - 1:14 am § in Israel/Palestine, Misc.

An Israel Boycott I Could Support!

70 US Academics Call For Selective Boycott of Israeli Settlements BDS alienated me and many other Jews.  We want peace irrespective of blaming either the Israelis or the Arabs.  The ONLY path to peace requires two states. That path may be hard on the Israelis.  Palestinians have never had a peace[...]

July 25th, 2016 - 9:57 pm § in Misc.

The week Turkish government closed down a total of 15 universities.

Dear Colleagues, The week Turkish government closed down a total of 15 universities.   There are 165 universities in Turkey; 103 of them are public, 62 are private.  All the universities that have been closed down are private.  The government has stated that the students  will be placed in othe[...]

January 5th, 2014 - 1:00 pm § in Misc.

UW Faculty Senate and New Speak

A central Issue in the discussion of the legislation called “” is the issue of Newspeak.  Words like A Statement of Principle: Academic Freedom and Responsibility,” are lal tooo much like the words used by Orwell. I received an email Friday afternoon  (below at the Ψ) that illus[...]

September 25th, 2013 - 1:21 pm § in Schools & Colleges, The Ave Scene

Paying Taxes to Harvard

How Taxpayers Are Helping to Finance Harvard’s Capital Campaign Thanks to its status as a nonprofit organization, the university reaps the benefits of tax deductions for donors, which is a gross misallocation of public resources, writes Kevin Carey. On the local level, at least as I am told, w[...]

November 10th, 2012 - 12:55 pm § in Schools & Colleges, The Ave Scene, UW

Why do we still have a university press in an internet age?

The Gamble The answer may come from Princeton. The Princeton University Press cannot give away the ending of its forthcoming book,  The Gamble,on the 2012 presidential election. But it does plan to give away the beginning. Read more[...]

September 27th, 2012 - 3:47 am § in Misc., Schools & Colleges, UW

How to Fund a Major University

A serious challenge faces all of us at the UW.  What are we going to be?  How do we attract new, young faculty  competitive enough to eventually win a federal grants or stimulate their students to greatness? The desperate reaction to Washington state’s cuts to higher education have led, rig[...]

July 11th, 2012 - 8:43 pm § in Politics, Schools & Colleges

Leroy Searle: The conviction that universities should do so is as time-honored and legitimate as the conviction that we should teach students to think, to read, and to write. But the way we are doing it now surely is not sustainable.

  This is a very thoughtful post by Leroy Searle.  Dr. Searle was responding to a long stream of UW emails about a 5% pay raise the faculty union at Western Washington had negotiated with their administration.  Most of thread was woven out of the usual angst about why UW faculty does d not ha[...]

July 9th, 2012 - 8:16 am § in Schools & Colleges, Science, UW

The Washington Post: U.S. pushes for more scientists, but the jobs aren’t there

The Canary in the Mine: a frightening insight into the US Economic future. Based in part on Washington Post article, “U.S. pushes for more scientists, but the jobs aren’t there“ Here in Washington state, Ed Lazowska , the Bill and Melinda Gates Professor of Comp Sci at UW, is a very fo[...]

June 25th, 2012 - 12:02 pm § in Schools & Colleges

Free Speech on Campus Wins Victory in Court!

Federal Court: University of Cincinnati Free Speech Zone Violates First Amendment, ‘Cannot Stand’ In a ringing victory for student rights, a federal district court declared today that the University of Cincinnati’s tiny “free speech zone” violates the First Amendment. In his or[...]