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 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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