Two apparently unrelated headlines in the education presses caught my attention this week…
January 29th, 2010

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Two apparently unrelated headlines in the education presses caught my attention this week:

“Female Scientists Do More Housework Than Men Do”

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“Colleges seek new ways to support female scientists.” (more…)

Rednecks need not apply for academic jobs. In fact, they don’t apply at all…
January 22nd, 2010

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Rednecks need not apply for academic jobs. In fact, they don’t apply at all. That’s the message of a recent study described in the New York Times. Neil Gross, of the University of British Columbia, and Ethan Fosse, a doctoral student at Harvard, both sociologists, have published a self-evidently titled article, “Why Are Professors Liberal?”. The piece has drawn quite a bit of attention to the obvious, but sometimes it’s worth reviewing the obvious. The angle these scholars take is to ask why liberals seek to become academics—and conservatives do not. Of course, they are not talking about political parties as we know them in Canada but about ways of thinking about the world. (more…)

The pictures coming out of Haiti are as devastating as it gets…
January 14th, 2010

The pictures coming out of Haiti are as devastating as it gets. Technology now brings us directly to the site of the earthquake disaster way in advance of food, water, and medical supplies. We still haven’t advanced beyond having to load up monster carriers with emergency supplies and then waiting in agony until they arrive, often far too late for thousands who just didn’t have another 24 hours in their futures. Perhaps one day we will be able to transport large materials across great distances within an hour or two. For now, those who have survived the catastrophe are inhabiting a hell we just can’t imagine. (more…)

Welcome back to my Postcards from the Edge..
January 8th, 2010

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Welcome back to my Postcards from the Edge. The 2010 launch of my blog spot was delayed because of a vicious bug that pretty well flattened me for the first week of January. Perhaps, it’s all because of too much New Year’s Eve revelry around the bay, as we say here. ‘Revelry around the bay’ is practically redundant, of course. There is something about leaving town and entering the wild beauty of rural Newfoundland, especially right by the coast, that brings out the reveler in all of us. It’s such a rush of emancipation, away from traffic and Blackberries, that one can’t help but feel released. With only the sound of the sea and the wind in one’s ears, revelry can extend for days. (more…)