Plagiarism can kill you. All the buzz right now is that…
February 25th, 2010

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Plagiarism can kill you. All the buzz right now is that the president of a small liberal arts college in Ohio has been charged with the crime and unceremoniously encouraged to ‘retire,’ and not on his laurels, I bet. These days, university presidents are getting kicked out of office more often than Bode Miller has been kicked out of bars. But kicked out for plagiarism? The guy is 64-years-old. He’s not Sarah Palin, for goodness sake. He knows where Russia is on a map. He doesn’t have to use crib notes inked on his palm to remember what to say next, as Palin was notoriously caught doing on camera.

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February 18th, 2010

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Doctoral Students With Large Loans Finish Fastest. Those aren’t my words. Those are the words lifted from a recent study conducted over a year in the USA. I don’t think the situation in the States is so different from Canada that we would have any grounds on which to argue with the findings. Over 43,000 doctoral students who had received their degrees were the raw data for the research. I’m no scientist but that’s a sizable number. I do wonder what those earned doctorates are all doing now, though. Paying back their loans, I guess.

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Of course, size matters. You don’t need to be a biologist to know that…
February 12th, 2010

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Of course, size matters. You don’t need to be a biologist to know that. Graduate Studies got a great big giant cheque this week, the kind you can’t fold in your wallet or tear up in teeny weeny shards of paper, but the kind you can hang on a museum wall or hang on the side of a bus. I do my banking with CIBC, always have, but this week I am thinking about switching over to the green team, TD Trust that is, my new close personal banking friends who had the wisdom to donate the cheque.

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What makes a good teacher? When I was a graduate student TA..
February 8th, 2010

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What makes a good teacher? When I was a graduate student TA, the professor who was put in charge of mentoring me told me that the secret to high teaching ratings was mobility. The more the instructor walked around the first-year classroom while talking the more attention s/he got from the students and the higher the ratings. I was appalled at the time, smugly thinking that my professor-mentor was shallow and lazy, and that his lectures were big on show and light on tell. But the truth was that that instructor did receive high teaching ratings and students really enjoyed his classes. For the most part, they stayed awake and for all I know they learned as much if not more than anyone in the classroom next door.

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