Like you, I am already very tired of any news about The Dark Knight theatre shooting and the ostensibly intelligent young man who did the evil deed
July 27th, 2012

Like you, I am already very tired of any news about The Dark Knight theatre shooting and the ostensibly intelligent young man who did the evil deed. But some of the narrative details are harder to ignore than others. Given the way the mainstream media (see, or, rather, do not see FOX News) can hysterically turn the most incidental details into the direct causes of violence, there is reason to be concerned. It’s widely known now that the bug-eyed guy who sits in jail is also a graduate student enrolled in a neuroscience PhD program at the University of Colorado at Denver. The blogosphere contains multitudes and so it is not surprising that there has been heightened chatter about the pressures on grad students to succeed and finish their degrees.

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This postcard was meant to be sent last week from Boston…
July 20th, 2012

This postcard was meant to be sent last week from Boston, where I was attending the annual Summer Institute for grad deans sponsored by the Council of Graduate Schools. I just couldn’t get to the screen long enough to finish it and so consider this a delayed mailing.

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Postcards From the Edge will return next week, as the Dean of Graduate Studies is out of town, and away from her computer
July 13th, 2012

Been dipping into a unique film festival – “Fishing for the Future,” the brainchild of Memorial researcher Barb Neis
July 6th, 2012

Been dipping into a unique film festival – “Fishing for the Future,” the brainchild of Memorial researcher Barb Neis. Barb’s work is all about engagement with community and she has been tirelessly, brilliantly working on projects related to fishery and ocean communities for years. It’s July and warm and sunny, and so not everyone wants to sit in the dark and watch documentaries about the collapse of the fishery in this province and beyond or about disappearing ways of life. Those who are, however, are being rewarded with a variety of perspectives on what is not just a local social reality but a global condition with enormous consequences.

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