Everyone I run into, whether at meetings or at the coffee shop, is waiting to exhale…
November 27th, 2009

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Not much time to blog this week, I’m afraid. Too much to do, too little time to do it all. Everyone I run into, whether at meetings or at the coffee shop, is waiting to exhale. A few obnoxiously keen neighbors have already laced their trees with Christmas lights, the stores are blocked with red and tinsel inventory, and even though the weather in late fall is double-digit mild, there’s a whiff of urgency in the air. When I start waking up to the strains of the Little Drummer Boy I start to get Holiday Anxiety. (more…)

Welcome Mr. President!
November 19th, 2009

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Welcome Mr. President! Yesterday the Board of Regents announced the name of the next CEO of this university. On July 1, 2010, R. Gary Kachanoski will be the 12th president – acting and not acting – of Memorial. It’s been an uneasy couple of years here without a permanent appointment, and there’s no need to rehearse all the travails following the departure of President Axel Meisen in the fall of 2007. But now that we know where the buck will be stopping for a while, it’s time to welcome the future together. (more…)

The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers. So says a character in Shakespeare’s Henry VI..
November 12th, 2009

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The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers. So says a character in Shakespeare’s Henry VI. Okay, maybe not all of them. Maybe not the ones who are helping our universities muddle though campus complaints and the growing culture of accusations and counter charges. More to this point coming up…. (more…)

Let’s Talk Science. Or at least let’s try to talk sensibly. I last blogged about..
November 5th, 2009

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Let’s Talk Science. Or at least let’s try to talk sensibly. I last blogged about my experience attending a large Science Policy Conference in Toronto. I wish to follow up with part II of that experience, since I was writing then at the very beginning of the event and a lot of talk happened in the following days.

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