Tidbits on July 3, 2005
Bob Jensen
at Trinity University 

Fraud Updates --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/FraudUpdates.htm
For earlier editions of New Bookmarks go to http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/bookurl.htm 
Archives of Tidbits: Tidbits Directory --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/TidbitsDirectory.htm

Click here to search Bob Jensen's web site if you have key words to enter --- Search Site.
For example if you want to know what Jensen documents have the term "Enron" enter the phrase Jensen AND Enron. Another search engine that covers Trinity and other universities is at http://www.searchedu.com/.

Bob Jensen's home page is at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/

Security threats and hoaxes --- http://www.trinity.edu/its/virus/


Music:  America, Land of Dreams --- http://mywebpages.comcast.net/singingman7/LOD.htm

Train of Life (Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline) ---  
http://mywebpages.comcast.net/singingman7/TOL.htm
  




A look at the stars will save us from the littleness of our own interests.
THE STARGAZING YEAR, by Charles Laird Calia (Tarcher/Penguin)
As quoted in a book review in The Wall Street Journal, July 1, 2005, Page W4 --- http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB112017974017474962,00.html?mod=todays_us_weekend_journal

The only statistics you can trust are those you falsified yourself.
Winston Churchill


Scent of a Woman (History of Perfume)
The International Perfume Museum (takes a long time to load) http://www.museesdegrasse.com/MIP/fla_ang/MIP_accueil.shtml 


A great site for biology and medical education from the Baylor School of Medicine
From the Scout Report on June 30, 2005

BioEd Online [pdf, Microsoft Powerpoint, RealPlayer] http://www.bioedonline.org/ 

Ever since the early days of the Internet, various educational organizations and foundations have sought to use the Web to disseminate important pedagogical tools to fellow educators and interested parties. This very fine site sponsored by the Baylor College of Medicine and Texas A&M University does exactly that for the field of biology with great aplomb. First-time visitors will want to start by perusing the homepage, which includes links to "Hot Topics" in biology (such as flu prevention), a "Biology News" section (which digests important news from the field), and a selection of recent additions to the site. Educators will also want to take a look through the slide sets offered here, in the PowerPoint format, which include topics such as human body systems, ecosystems, and Mendelian genetics. Additionally, the site also features a number of streaming video presentations for classroom use on a wide range of biological topics.


It's about time Florida A&M stopped paying its ghosts
Florida A&M University fired 41 people — many of them “ghost employees” who collected paychecks but never showed up for work — on Thursday, according to The St. Petersburg Times. The newspaper said that the financially troubled university would save $1.1 million annually by eliminating the positions.
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed, July 1, 2005 --- http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2005/07/01/qt


Parkinson's drug prompts brain cell growth
A drug that relieves the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease – but was controversially withdrawn over toxicity fears – has now been shown to stimulate growth of the nerve fibres damaged by the disease. When delivered directly to the brain, glial cell-line derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) had been shown to stimulate regrowth of cells in animal models of Parkinson’s. But this is the first time regrowth has been seen in the human brain, says Steven Gill, a neurosurgeon at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, UK.
Rowan Hooper, "Parkinson's drug prompts brain cell growth," New Scientist, July 1, 2005 --- http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7619

The Written Word Still Thrives
It's not easy for writers today to compete for a share of a public attention span so easily distracted by such temptations as video games, satellite TV and always-on internet. But according to contributors to Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times, a collection of essays written by a generation of authors raised in a media-saturated culture, the literary world is holding its own. Prompted by a 2004 report from the National Endowment for the Arts, "Reading at Risk," which concluded "literary reading" was plummeting dramatically, editor Kevin Smokler set out to show that contemporary writing and its authors are thriving, online and off.
Sushanna Breslin, "The Written Word Still Thrives," Wired News, July 1, 2005 --- 
http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,67979,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_13 

 

July 1, 2005 email message from Carolyn Kotlas [kotlas@email.unc.edu]

PERSONAL DIGITAL LIBRARIES

Academics have always amassed large collections of personal research materials: journals, letters, clippings, photographs, slides, and books. Digital capturing, computer storage, and retrieval tools have made even vaster collections both possible and practical. In "Plenty of Room at the Bottom? Personal Digital Libraries and Collections" (D-LIB MAGAZINE, vol. 11, no. 6, June 2005), Neil Beagrie looks at the impact that growth of personal libraries will have on individuals and the libraries in their institutions. He envisions the need for more services to help control, protect, organize, and present these materials. And he suggests that more formal networking can make personal collections a part of the larger body of materials available to researchers. The article is available online at http://www.dlib.org/dlib/june05/beagrie/06beagrie.html .

D-Lib Magazine [ISSN: 1082-9873] covers innovation and research in digital libraries. D-Lib is published, online and free of charge, eleven times a year by the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI) and is sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). For more information, contact: D-Lib Magazine, c/o Corporation for National Research Initiatives, 1895 Preston White Drive, Reston, VA 20191 USA; tel: 703-620-8990; fax: 703-620-0913; email: dlib@cnri.reston.va.us ; Web: http://www.dlib.org/ .


ELEARNING AND THE STRUCTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS

"[A]re traditional universities able to compete with other independent education providers in relation to social demands for 'life long learning' and globalised education services?" Gurmak Singh, John O'Donoghue, and Harvey Worton think that eLearning has a "fundamental impact on the structure of higher education." Online-only corporate and virtual universities compete with traditional colleges and universities for some of the same students. Even though traditional higher education institutions have the advantage of established reputations, to maintain this competitive edge, they need to incorporate more flexibility into their existing structure. In "A Study into the Effects of eLearning on Higher Education" (JOURNAL OF UNIVERSITY TEACHING AND LEARNING PRACTICE, vol. 2, issue 1, 2005), the authors outline suggestions for making these structural changes. The paper is available online at http://jutlp.uow.edu.au/2005_v02_i01/odonoghue003.html .

The Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice [ISSN: 1449-9789] is published bi-annually by the Centre for Educational Development and Interactive Resources (CEDIR), University of Wollongong. For more information, contact: Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, University of Wollongong, c/o CEDIR, Northfields Avenue, Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia; email: jutlp@uow.edu.au ; Web: http://jutlp.uow.edu.au/ .


PRINCIPLES FOR SUPPORTING CYBER-FACULTY

"As colleges and universities work steadily to get full-time faculty onboard with distance learning, virtual adjuncts have eagerly stepped up to fill the void, thereby enabling institutions to respond promptly to market demand." In "Managing Virtual Adjunct Faculty: Applying the Seven Principles of Good Practice" (ONLINE JOURNAL OF DISTANCE LEARNING ADMINISTRATION, vol. VIII, no. II, Summer 2005), Maria Puzziferro-Schnitzer uses Chickering and Gamson's principles as a suggested framework for supporting and managing "cyber-faculty." Although Puzziferro-Schnitzer uses examples from a community college viewpoint, the principles can be applied to any institution that wants to attract and retain high quality faculty. The paper is available online at http://www.westga.edu/%7Edistance/ojdla/summer82/schnitzer82.htm .

The Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration is a free, peer-reviewed quarterly published by the Distance and Distributed Education Center, The State University of West Georgia, 1600 Maple Street, Carrollton, GA 30118 USA; Web: http://www.westga.edu/~distance/jmain11.html .

See also:

Chickering, Arthur W., and Gamson, Zelda F. APPLYING THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES FOR GOOD PRACTICE IN UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, Number 47, Fall 1991. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, Inc.

Short summary of Chickering and Gamson's seven principles: http://honolulu.hawaii.edu/intranet/committees/FacDevCom/guidebk/teachtip/7princip.htm


Another buzz word for business elite
Sustainability-Driven Innovation is starting to offer real business value, but benefits are still intangible for many and there are still significant barriers to overcome · in stark contrast to five years ago, the leaders are now focusing on winning tomorrow's customers, rather than just managing risks · a small minority of companies have integrated sustainability into both their business strategy and product/process design · a few leading companies are already exploring exciting breakthrough opportunities in Sustainability-Driven Innovation.  To download the Arthur D. Little report in full please visit http://www.adl.com
July 1, 2005 message from Ethical Performance [list_admin@ethicalperformance.com]


From Technology Review on July 1, 2005
Yahoo's Search Reinvention
Yahoo tries to upend Google with a new 'social' search engine that allows people to tag websites -- like leaving posty notes. http://www.technologyreview.com/articles/05/07/wo_070105hellweg.asp?trk=nl 

Bob Jensen's search helpers are at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/searchh.htm


Study Says More Large Companies End Pensions
About 11 percent of large companies that offer traditional pension plans either terminated them or froze benefits last year, a new study says. And as workers around the country are watching their retirement funds shrink, CEOs at companies with massive unfunded pension obligations continue to collect huge salaries and retirement benefits. In addition, rule changes are being considered that could force even more companies to ditch their promises to workers. "The companies are operating in a world of uncertainty," said Sylvester Schieber, director of U.S. benefits consulting at Watson Wyatt Worldwide, which conducted the study. "Big companies that continue to be viable, for the most part, have not cut and run, although if we go on indefinitely with this uncertainty they undoubtedly will," he told the Associated Press.
"Study Says More Large Companies End Pensions," AccountingWeb, June 24, 2005 ---
http://www.accountingweb.com/cgi-bin/item.cgi?id=101039


World Myths and Legends in Art
Myths are stories that explain why the world is the way it is. All cultures have them. Throughout history, artists have been inspired by myths and legends and have given them visual form. Sometimes these works of art are the only surviving record of what particular cultures believed and valued. But even where written records or oral traditions exist, art adds to our understanding of myths and legends.
World Myths and Legends in Art --- http://www.artsmia.org/world-myths/


A guide to great museums around the world
Global Museum --- http://www.globalmuseum.org/

Bob Jensen's museum bookmarks are at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/BookBob2.htm#History



This SEC history site is not as dull as you might think at first blush
This virtual museum and archive preserves and shares the history of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and of the securities industry from 1929 to the present. It includes a wide range of primary materials, including a timeline, papers, photos, oral histories and original programs broadcast from this site, which contribute to the understanding of how the SEC has shaped and continues to shape U.S. and international capital markets. The Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society and its virtual museum and archive are independent of and separate from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and receive no federal funding. To help build the virtual museum and archive, click here.
Virtual Museum and Archive of the SEC and Securities History ---  http://www.sechistorical.org/
Some of the multimedia programs are at http://www.sechistorical.org/museum/programs/index.php

Bob Jensen's history bookmarks are at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/BookBob2.htm#History
 


Why should he be allowed to keep five percent?
Bernard J. Ebbers, the swaggering, self-made businessman who vowed to revolutionize the telephone industry, yesterday agreed to give up virtually everything he has built or bought to raise an estimated $45 million to settle the claims of investors hurt when WorldCom Inc. collapsed into bankruptcy three years ago. Ebbers, 63, will be allowed to keep enough money to cover legal fees and to support his wife in what prosecutors call a "modest" fashion. But the once-brash executive must move out of his Clinton, Miss., mansion within three months so that it can be sold. He also must forfeit interests in 300,000 acres of timberland, a marina and a golf course, and an anticipated federal tax refund of millions of dollars, lawyers said.
Carrie Johnson and Yuki Noguchi, "Ebbers Agrees to Settle Shareholder Suit Former WorldCom:  Chief Executive to Give Up About 95 Percent of Assets," The Washington Post, July 1, 2005 ---
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/30/AR2005063000693.html?referrer=email


Come on gang, muff a few to stay in the league
No one misbehaved. No one broke any rules. But after only a few games, the Columbus Stars have been kicked out of a recreational youth baseball league in Canal Winchester. The players, ages 11 and 12, were deemed too good.
Kirk D. Richards, "Hit the showers, boys Youth baseball team ousted from league for being ‘too good’," The Columbus Dispatch,  June 17, 2005 --- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1435277/posts


Fusion:  A large volume of gas must be heated to a temperature above that found at the centre of the sun
THIS week, an international project to build a nuclear-fusion reactor came a step closer to reality when politicians agreed it should be constructed in France rather than in Japan, the other country lobbying to host it. The estimated cost is $12 billion, making it one of the most expensive scientific projects around—comparable financially with the International Space Station. It is scheduled to run for 30 years, which is handy since, for the past half century, fusion advocates have claimed that achieving commercial nuclear fusion is 30 years away . . . Advocates of fusion point to its alleged advantages over other forms of power generation. It is efficient, so only small quantities of fuel are needed. Unlike existing nuclear reactors, which produce nasty long-lived radioactive waste, the radioactive processes involved with fusion are relatively short-lived and the waste products benign. Unlike fossil-fuel plants, there are no carbon-dioxide emissions. And the principal fuel, a heavy isotope of hydrogen called deuterium, is present in ordinary water, of which there is no shortage . . . The challenges of achieving fusion should not be underestimated. A large volume of gas must be heated to a temperature above that found at the centre of the sun. At the same time, that gas must be prevented from touching the walls of the reactor by confining it in a powerful magnetic field known as a magnetic bottle. The energy released in fusion is carried mostly by neutrons, a type of subatomic particle that has no electric charge and hence cannot be confined by the magnetic bottle. Ensuring that the reactor wall can cope with being bombarded by these neutrons presents a further challenge.
"Nuclear ambitions," The Economist, June 30, 2005 ---
http://www.economist.com/science/displayStory.cfm?story_id=4127211


Keep a remote eye on what is happening in your house or office
From the Scout Report on June 30, 2005

ZoneMinder 1.21.2 http://www.zoneminder.com/ 

One potential use for the home computer is as a monitoring device, whether it be to check in on a child in another room or to keep an eye out for potential intruders into the home. ZoneMinder 1.21.2 allows visitors to do just that, and also to capture various images recorded with the use of one or more cameras attached to their computer. Users can also choose to be notified by email when the camera records any new images, if they so desire. The website for ZoneMinder also includes a FAQ section, along with various screenshots. Zoneminder is compatible with the Linux operating system.




David Letterman's Top Ten Things You Don't Want To Hear At A July Fourth Barbecue --- http://www.cbs.com/latenight/lateshow/top_ten/

10. "Beef is great, but squirrel's so much cheaper"

09. "Take a photo of me lighting this cigar with an M-80"

08. "To give it a little 'kick,' I put charcoal starter in the punch"

07. "Oh God, Letterman's shirtless again"

06. I'd like to tell you why scientology is so important to me"

05. "Hey look, it's Earnest Borgnine--oh, sorry lady"

04. "All right, detainees, line up over here for your gitmo-style powdered baked beans"

03. "I'm afraid the only fireworks tonight are between me and your wife"

02. "My hot dog has a knuckle"

01. "I don't think that's mayonnaise in the cole slaw"




Fraud Updates --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/FraudUpdates.htm
For earlier editions of New Bookmark s go to http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/bookurl.htm 
Archives of Tidbits: Tidbits Directory --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/TidbitsDirectory.htm

Click here to search Bob Jensen's web site if you have key words to enter --- Search Site.
For example if you want to know what Jensen documents have the term "Enron" enter the phrase Jensen AND Enron. Another search engine that covers Trinity and other universities is at http://www.searchedu.com/.

Bob Jensen's home page is at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/

 

Professor Robert E. Jensen (Bob) http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen
Jesse H. Jones Distinguished Professor of Business Administration
Trinity University, San Antonio, TX 78212-7200
Voice: 210-999-7347 Fax: 210-999-8134  Email:  rjensen@trinity.edu