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 ---
The only statistics you can trust are those you
Scent of a Woman (History of Perfume)
The International Perfume Museum (takes a long time to load)
A great site for biology and medical education from the Baylor School of
From the Scout Report on June 30, 2005
BioEd Online [pdf, Microsoft Powerpoint,
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 ---
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– but was controversially withdrawn over toxicity fears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,
Rowan Hooper, "Parkinson's drug prompts brain cell
growth," New Scientist
, July 1, 2005 ---
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 ---
July 1, 2005 email message from Carolyn Kotlas
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
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:
firstname.lastname@example.org ; Web:
ELEARNING AND THE STRUCTURE OF HIGHER
"[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
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:
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
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:
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
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
July 1, 2005 message from Ethical Performance
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
Bob Jensen's search helpers are at
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 ---
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 ---
A guide to great museums around the world
Global Museum ---
Bob Jensen's museum bookmarks are at
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
Virtual Museum and Archive of the SEC and Securities
Some of the multimedia programs are at
Bob Jensen's history bookmarks are at
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 ---
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,
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 ---
Keep a remote eye on what is happening in your house or office
From the Scout Report on June 30, 2005
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 ---
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"
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