Monthly Archives: November 2011

Walking and Chewing Gum

November 30, 2011 We know that walking is good for us.  Now Jonah Lehrer lays out the case that chewing gum boosts performance.

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The Idea of a Catholic University

November 29, 2011 Writes the Rev. Gregory Kalscheur, an associate professor at Boston College Law School, this morning in Inside Higher Ed: For Christians, the dialogue between faith and culture is as old as their earliest efforts to articulate what … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Turkey”

November 26, 2011 Clearly, the country comes first, and then the word winds up being attached to the bird, even though the bird is native to North America.  From etymology.com: turkey 1540s, “guinea fowl” (Numida meleagris), imported from Madagascar via … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Money”

November 23, 2011 Via XKCD, “money” bears scrutiny.

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The Ethical Obligations of Scholar-Teachers and Coaches

November 21, 2011 In a recent post I voiced some skepticism about the readiness of faculty to deal in a fair, timely and effective manner with ethical lapses.  I was commenting on a recent NYT op ed piece by Michael … Continue reading

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Serving NSSE

November 18, 2011 The 2011 Annual Report for NSSE, the National Survey of Student Engagement, has now been released.  It’s entitled “Fostering Student Engagement Campuswide.”  As a member of the NSSE National Advisory Board, I had the chance to write … Continue reading

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Shared Governance: An Aspect of Academic Freedom?

November 18, 2011 UPDATE below. In today’s New York Times, Michael Berube has an interesting, earnest opinion piece on the unfolding mess at Penn State: “At Penn State, a Bitter Reckoning,” it’s titled.  Berube appears to feel some compulsion to … Continue reading

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