Recounting the Secrets of Sea Ice

David Lymburner on January 9, 2011 in College Entry | No Comments »

In December 2010, UofU professors Ken Golden and Cindy Furse, mathematics post-doc Joyce Lin and senior electrical engineering student David Lubbers travelled close to 9,000 miles to Antarctica to conduct some vital climate-related research.  The team, composed of mathematicians and electrical engineers, worked together to collect data on temperature, salinity and electrical properties of sea ice.  Read this story by Brian Maffly in the Salt Lake Tribune January 10, 2011 to find out what they were looking to measure, and what clues the information holds for understanding climate changes.Feel free to consult these site for tlcgraduatecredits.com

Want more?  You can read back through the researchers’ personal journals that they posted on RedThread during their preparations and travels.   Cindy Furse’s blog has still more pictures and entries.

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Fashion Nerdery In Academia

Scarlett Garvan on January 7, 2011 in Education News | No Comments »

Fashion is intellectual, too, you know. I read Worn Through: Apparel From an Academic Perspective because the writers are always so amped about everything all the time. And because the subject is so foreign to me: I live in Seattle; I wear Levis, black t-shirts, Fluevog boots and Converse sneakers and call it good. I’m continually fascinated by the exhibits and Assistant Professor of Fashion job postings they list.

Due to my math and science snobbery, I have to work to acknowledge to myself that there are several other arenas for nerdery in academia. R

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude will be awarded honorary degrees by Occidental President Jonathan Veitch in recognition of the inspiring body of work they have created over the past 50 years. The 5:30 p.m. ceremony will be held in Thorne Hall on the Occidental campus. A reception will follow.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s installations in urban and rural environments rely on the use of fabric and textiles and combine elements of painting, sculpture, and architecture. The temporary nature of their art – they wrapped the Reichstag in fabric and set up 3,100 blue and yellow umbrellas in Japan and California — mirrors the temporary nature of human existence, the artists say.

“For instance, we have love and tenderness for childhood because we know it will not last.

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Hire well, then trust your teachers

Bianca McKerihan on January 7, 2011 in Education News | No Comments »

I split my 18-years of teaching between public and private schools (three schools and close to nine years in both “worlds”). Twenty years ago I had the chance to support and study the 1990 alternative licensure law in Colorado that welcomed new folks into the teaching profession, often without taking the usual education courses; this more flexible process felt similar to the way many of us had been hired in our first jobs in private schools.  I hoped it would be one of many approaches that had worked well for independent schools and that might be adopted by public education.

In Another View #68, “A skeptic on SB 191 takes a closer look” (Sept. 26, 2010

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Closet Conservatives

Joseph Landor on January 1, 2011 in College Entry | No Comments »

Before one of the College Republicans club’s weekly Wednesday meetings, a member who prefers to remain anonymous said she didn’t want to tell her friend where she was going, so she instead told her that she was on her way to a “secret society.”

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Luke Springer / Photo Illustration

On an overwhelmingly liberal campus, Republicans are outnumbered. In a pro

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