02 novembre 2014

MooT Pursuits

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy I have a soft spot for people who invent games, especially games with words. And by way of some random keystroke, I found myself on the mailing list of Jon Steeves, inventor of MooT, “the game of semantics, etymology, and grammar.” More...

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Professor Pinker and Professor Strunk

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . The voice on BBC radio was that of Professor Steven Pinker, fluent and engaging as ever. But my blood froze as I listened to what he said. More...

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Czars in Their Eyes

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . It’s been a big month for the czars. The White House has appointed Ron Klain as Ebola czar. Not capo or boss, but czar, the Russian term (also transliterated as tsar) related to Latin Caesar and German Kaiser. More...

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Student-Loan Servicers Are Often ‘Unfair’ to Borrowers, U.S. Finds

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . Report: “Supervisory Highlights”
Organization: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Summary: Earlier this month, in the third annual report of its student-loan ombudsman, the bureau reported that private loan servicers aren’t doing much to help borrowers understand their repayment options. Well, here’s more bad news: Some of those servicers are doing a bunch of “unfair” and legally dubious things, too. More...

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Harvard Leads ‘U.S. News’ Ranking of Global Universities

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . U.S. News & World Report’s annual global college rankings are out, and Harvard University tops the list, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, and the University of Oxford. The list’s methodology favors global reputation and research volume, among other factors. Because of the distinct methodology, Princeton University, which the magazine named the top American university this year, was ranked 13th on the global list. More...

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What the Wonks Are Saying About the Final Gainful-Employment Rule

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . The U.S. Department of Education released the full text of its final gainful-employment rule on Thursday morning, and it’s a big one, weighing in at 945 pages. But sheer volume has never been enough to discourage the most devoted of higher-education observers: the diehard policy wonks, who took to Twitter with observations and analysis. More...

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Which Marvel Superhero Could Run a University?

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . Marvel Comics this week announced a new slate of superhero movies to be released over the next several years. You’ve got plenty of time to decide which ones you’ll see, so in the meantime let’s address the question on everyone’s mind: Which Marvel character would make the best college president? Let’s limit the search to all nonmutants who have starred or will star in a Marvel movie. More...

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Social-Media Challenge Takes Aim at an ‘Inequity’ in Admissions

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/headcount-45.pngBy Eric Hoover. Bates College was the first to throw down. On Thursday morning, the liberal-arts college announced via Twitter that it would send one high-school counselor to the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s annual conference next year, in San Diego. And Bates challenged Pitzer College to do the same. More...

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Why One Professor Thinks Academics Should Write ‘BuzzFeed-Style Scholarship’

By . Mark Marino wants to shake up academic publishing. To declare his intentions, the associate professor of writing at the University of Southern California chose a format both fitting and provocative: a BuzzFeed listicle. Read more...

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Technology Group Promises Scientists Their Own Clouds (the Data Kind)

By . Scientists will soon have access to their very own clouds. Not the meteorological sort—although these clouds might help advance weather research as well as improve medical systems and power-grid management. Read more...

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