Archive for July, 2010

July 29th, 2010 - 5:45 pm § in Uncategorized

‘We Don’t Need Any More Neanderthals on the Planet’ .. Craig Venter

Quotes from an interview with his brilliance, Craig Ventener (der Spiegel): (referring to CV) “a single person comes along and beats scientists who have been working on it for years. It is no wonder they didn’t like that.” ————————[...]

July 29th, 2010 - 9:00 am § in Misc.

A Lesson from Obama: Teachers’ Unions and Administrators vs Faculty Elitism

OBAMA and DUNCAN: TEACHERS MUST BE ACCOUNTABLE Arnie Duncan, Sec. of Education, sees the solution to the decay if  our secondary school system as requiring a free market .. odd for a liberal, perhaps courageous for a democrat, and very irritating to the teachers’ unions.  Obviously Obama is [...]

July 28th, 2010 - 12:04 am § in Misc.

NIXTY: web based education

NIXTY is the Virginia-based startup that  provides an educational platformfor individuals to offer courses.  Sort of a U-WIKI! Take a look:[...]

July 26th, 2010 - 11:19 pm § in Misc.

Admin Bloat

In 1976, for every 1,000 full-time students, there were 42 professional administrative staff members, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. By 2008, the most recent year available, there were 84. At the same time, the number of full-time faculty members for every 1,000 students [...]

July 26th, 2010 - 11:23 am § in Politics

Entanglement of Church and State.

Kenneth Howell, a lecturer at the University of Illinois was fired for sending email to his class saying that “Homosexual Acts Are Morally Wrong’. The UI Faculty is protesting this but the story gets more complex because it now appears that Howell was chosen for his job AND PAID FOR HIS [...]

July 26th, 2010 - 10:48 am § in Misc.

Russian State University for the Humanities .. Competes with UW for students?

Efim Pivovar, president of the  Russian State University for the Humanities, discusses  the challenges one of Russia’s best educational establishments is facing in the process of going global. I have wondered whether “outsourcing” might present a threat to America’s greatest as[...]

July 12th, 2010 - 2:09 pm § in Misc.

Who shall fibrillate the Oatmeals?

Lilly-livered liberals to a man, or nearly ..[...]

July 11th, 2010 - 9:35 am § in Misc.

“Despite Obama’s Words, Scientific Integrity Rules Are Lagging”

Dan Froomkin has a frightening editorial at Huffington Post. The liberal columnist is angry that Obama has not overturned the Bush dera od repression of science.  Unfortunately, Froomkin’s answer comes out as Orwellian Newspeak: Integrity  = Compliance. Froomkin complains Obama has not creat[...]

July 9th, 2010 - 8:57 am § in Misc., UW

UW Agrees to Stop Spying on Political Groups

The American Civil Liberties Union alleges the University of Washington Police Department authorized an undercover officer to attend, participate in and collect information about meetings of the UW Student Worker Coalition — a group they say was being improperly monitored. While the UW claims [...]

July 8th, 2010 - 8:27 am § in Misc., UW

The Aprikyan Case

Have you read Dr. David Dale’s frightening account of what happened to our colleague, Andrew Aprikyan? Your own career could be next. Andrew Aprikyan was charged with scientific fraud by an anonymous accuser who himself had a conflict of interest over the intellectual property in question.  B[...]