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At Libraries, Quiet Makes a Comeback - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education
The buzzing of smartphones, the clacking of computer keys, the chatter of study groups: Academic libraries aren't the quiet temples to scholarship they used to be. Personal portable technology takes some of the blame. So does the current pedagogical emphasis on group work.
UNL professor apparently detained in China
University of Nebraska-Lincoln students and faculty are searching for answers after, they say, an assistant professor who had been accompanying students on a study abroad trip was detained by Chinese authorities for an undisclosed reason. Weixing Li, assistant professor of practice management at the university's College of Business Administration, last was seen by students in early June - right after the four-week summer program concluded.
How One Instructor Teaches 2,670 Students - The Digital Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education
In October, Myanmar's pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, got a quirky request on YouTube. A hyperactive instructor in a plaid jacket posted a video inviting her to do a Skype interview with his "World Regions" geography class at Virginia Tech.
Social Networks for Academics Proliferate, Despite Some Scholars' Doubts - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education
As a medieval historian with some decidedly old-school habits, Guy Geltner wanted to expand his online presence, but he shuddered at the thought of "friending" or "Tweeting" to get other scholars' attention. Then a colleague introduced him to, one of a growing number of networking sites designed specifically for scholars.
total-impact gets £17,000 support from OSF
total-impact has come full circle: we were born out of a hackathon thrown by the Beyond Impact project, funded by the Open Society Foundations. Now we’re being generously supported from that same Beyond Impact grant, helping us move from prototype to a reliable, scaleable service.
Auden, Musée des Beaux Arts
About suffering they were never wrong, The old Masters: how well they understood Its human position: how it takes place While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along; How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting For the miraculous birth, there always must be Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating On a pond at the edge of the wood: They never forgot That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer's horse Scratches its innocent behind on a tree.
Miss. House bill would bar promotion of 'any partisan agenda or philosophy' in history classes
JACKSON, Miss. - Some House members want to ban Mississippi school history courses from promoting "any partisan agenda or philosophy." Sponsored by House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, the measure is supposed to keep history teachers or textbooks from indoctrinating students according to a particular partisan viewpoint.
Nic Alderton - Blog
Nic Alderton's infrequently updated intertube. | The world's largest climate forecasting experiment for the 21st century. is a distributed computing project to produce predictions of the Earth's climate up to 2100 and to test the accuracy of climate models. To do this, we need people around the world to give us time on their computers - time when they have their computers switched on, but are not using them to their full capacity.
Elsevier committed to universal access to content, sustainable publishing model
I AM responding to Gareth Cook's Feb. 9 op-ed "Why scientists are boycotting a publisher.'' Cook has omitted details about Elsevier's commitment to universal access. As the former president and CEO of Cell Press, which is an Elsevier imprint based in Cambridge, I can attest to the value added in the publishing process by the scientific editors and production teams Elsevier employs.
Local costs for journals- The University of Iowa Libraries
A boycott of Elsevier journals has been growing to show opposition to their support of the Research Works Act and their 36% profits (see Research Bought, Then Paid For - an Op-Ed in the New York Times, Elsevier boycott gains momentum, Elsevier responds to the boycott, and "Of goats and headaches"-The Economist on journal publishing for previous posts on these issues ).
The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World - Flavorwire
With Amazon slowly taking over the publishing world and bookstores closing left and right, things can sometimes seem a little grim for the brick and mortar booksellers of the world. After all, why would anyone leave the comfort of their couch to buy a book when with just a click of a button, they could have it delivered to their door?
The Best Data Visualization Projects of 2011
I almost didn't make a best-of list this year, but as I clicked through the year's post, it was hard not to. If last year (and maybe the year before) was the year of the gigantic graphic, this was the year of big data. Or maybe we've gotten better at filtering to the good stuff.
University-Press Association Speaks Out on Public Access to Research - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Association of American University Presses does not support the proposed Research Works Act, the group said in a statement released Tuesday. But it also does not support an opposing bill, the Federal Research Public Access Act, which would require public access to the results of federally financed research no later than six months after publication.
The Sinking of the Maine - Topics in Chronicling America (Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room, Library of Congress)
The Sinking of the Maine - Topics in Chronicling America (Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room, Library of Congress).
PLoS ONE: Rivaling the World's Smallest Reptiles: Discovery of Miniaturized and Microendemic New Species of Leaf Chameleons (Brookesia) from Northern Madagascar
Frank Glaw1, Jörn Köhler2, Ted M. Townsend3, Miguel Vences4* 1 Zoologische Staatssammlung München, München, Germany, 2 Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany, 3 Department of Biology, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, United States of America, 4 Division of Evolutionary Biology, Zoological Institute, Technical University of Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany One clade of Malagasy leaf chameleons, the Brookesia minima group, is known to contain species that rank among the smallest amniotes in the world.
World's Tiniest Chameleon Discovered | LiveScience
A juvenile of the tiniest chameleon species ever discovered perches on a researcher's fingertip. CREDIT: PLoS One. A species of chameleon small enough to easily perch on a match head has been discovered on a tiny island off Madagascar, a group of scientists has announced.
Introducing the Journal of Digital Humanities : Digital Humanities Now
Digital Humanities Now is pleased to announce the Journal of Digital Humanities (ISSN 2165-6673), forthcoming in March 2012. In this comprehensive, peer-reviewed journal we will feature the best scholarship, projects, and tools produced by the digital humanities community in the previous quarter. The Journal of Digital Humanities will offer expanded coverage of the digital humanities in three ways.
Game of Thrones valentine cards
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