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Convention hotel design has the potential to contribute to Cleveland skyline, but still needs refinement

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Designs for the Cleveland convention center hotel are moving in a positive direction, but are not yet a done deal and still need extensive refinement.
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A young neurosurgeon with terminal cancer reflects on his mortality

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For MSNBC's special project “7 Days of Genius” that highlights people who are changing the world, Lawrence O'Donnell tells the story of Dr. Paul Kalanithi.
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On My Mind: Information Literacy in the Design, Tinkering, and Building Process

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On My Mind: Information Literacy in the Design, Tinkering, and Building Process
Posted on February 18, 2015 by Kristin Fontichiaro
Two things crossed my desk this week that have been do-si-do’ing in my head. After a few years of seeing my information literacy work in one silo, my maker work in another, and my role as an instructor of contextual inquiry in a third, I’m just starting to explore the connections between them.

How does traditional research inform making?Does it help people know about and build on what’s already been created? Or would it be more rewarding to design something even if it already exists elsewhere else?

How does prior research impact qualitative interviews in the IDEO/design thinking/human-centered design/contextual design method. Does it give better information that leads to more knowledgable interview protocols or introduce biases that bleed into and impact interview answers?

Here are the this week’s additions to my thinking:

1. Purdue University’s Integrating Information into the Engineering Design Process, available as a free download or bound print volume.



“Integrating Information into the Engineering Design Process” by Michael Fosmire and David Radcliffe via kwout

From the Preface (Fosmire & Radcliffe 2014, ix):

Both engineering educators and librarians understand that novice engineering students tend to make quick decisions about what approach to take to solve a problem, then spend a lot of time develop- ing prototypes and finishing details, when they might have saved a lot of effort and created a superior outcome had they spent more time upfront attempting to understand the problem more fully and thinking more broadly about potential solutions before actually working to implement one.

Furthermore, many engineering students seem to believe that everything needs to be done from first principles. They waste an inordinate amount of time trying to redesign a widget that is already cheaply and readily avail- able commercially, and often spend months designing a new device, only to find out that something remarkably similar had already been patented yea
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Bridge to Presearch and Growing Student Understandings: Connect, Extend, Challenge

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One of our ongoing goals this academic year as instructional designers has been framing the importance of process in research projects and emphasizing the frontloading of presearch experiences as a...
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Promising new strategy to halt pancreatic cancer metastasis

Pancreatic cancer and its metastases might have their days numbered, according to a study published in The Journal of Experimental Medicine.
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Four Reasons to Worry About "Personalized Learning" - Alfie Kohn

Tocqueville’s observations about the curious version of democracy that Americans were cultivating in the 1830s have served as a touchstone for social scientists ever since. One sociologist writes about the continued relevance of what Tocqueville noticed way back then, particularly the odd fact that we cherish our commitment to individualism yet experience a “relentless pressure . . . (Read More)
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Historic Cold: February 2015 shatters 140-year-old Cleveland cold record

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February 2015 has shattered a major Cleveland cold record.
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Extraordinary teacher offers extraordinary look at her job. We need to support rather than undermine her efforts. | Get Schooled

Extraordinary teacher offers extraordinary look at her job.  We need to support rather than undermine her efforts. | Get Schooled | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
An extraordinary teacher writes an extraordinary explanation of her job and her concerns. This is a lengthy piece that every policymaker in the state ought to read.

Allison Webb of Woodstock is a 15 year veteran teacher at Sequoyah High School in Canton. Pour a cup of coffee and settle in --  her essay is worth the time as it shows what good teachers attempt in spite of a system that...
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Essay on the rhetoric about Yik Yak and college students @insidehighered

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How the landscape of the pancreatic cancer genome is coming into view

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Scientists from Australia and the UK have done the most in-depth analysis yet of 100 pancreatic cancer genomes and highlighted 4 subtypes that may help guide future patient treatment. The study is
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Georgia abandons its rural hospitals | Jay Bookman

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How do you rescue Georgia's rural hospitals -- often the heart and soul of the communities that they serve -- from the financial challenges that are forcing them to close their doors forever?

Apparently, you don't. If you're the state of Georgia, you express insincere concern for their health, slap a Band-Aid on their gaping wounds and push them out the door to face the ugly future that awaits them.

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Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2015

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From autonomous drones to emergent AI to digital genomes, this year’s list from the World Economic Forum offers its latest glimpse of our fast-approaching technological future
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A Ken Burns team views cancer through the lens of an honored book

“The Emperor of All Maladies” by Siddhartha Mukharjee has been turned into a documentary.
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Don't let me be misunderstood

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In my last post, I said that I was a failure - except, not really.  My programs are strong and by any standards other than those insisted on by the leaders in my profession a great success.  Which ...
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Doctor decries how we approach the end of life

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It may be the fact that Atul Gawande is a doctor - a Harvard doctor, yet - that draws readers to his books on our flawed medical system.
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Seth's Blog: The circus is coming to town

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Too often, we wait. We wait to get the gig, or to make the complex sale, or to find the approval we seek. Then we decide it's time to get to work and put on our show. The circus doesn't...
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GA Governor Staff Raises Exceed Those For Teachers, Others

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(AP) - Many of Gov. Nathan Deal's top aides and senior executive branch officials got raises in 2015, according to a new analysis from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The governor himself continu...
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Protect Georgia’s Teacher Retirement System (TRS)

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Georgia’s Teacher Retirement System (TRS) is one of the most financially sound systems in the United States. As educators, we dedicate our careers to teaching and investing in the lives of our 1.6 million children in public education. In this profession, our pay is below market compared to other professions, and pay raises are rare. Regardless of this reality, we know that we can depend on the Teacher Retirement System of Georgia to provide us an adequate retirement in our golden years throu
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Pancreatic cancer splits into four types, says genome study

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A study of whole genomes and DNA variation in pancreatic tumors suggests there are four subtypes of the cancer depending on location, frequency and pattern of DNA rearrangement.
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Aspirational Librarianship

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In the September/October issue of Knowledge Quest, Buffy and Kristin coauthored an article that suggested that there was a widening gap between the standards and expectations AASL promotes and the ...
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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, February 27, 3:51 PM

How about you?  Do you aspire to meet the AASL standards?

 

"I aspire to what AASL considers “excellence”, keeping that as a potential goal while looking at the reality of the situation on the ground."

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Heinen's downtown supermarket is equal parts dining destination, grocery store

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Today's food-shopper is just as likely to buy food to heat-and-eat, or eat cold, as he is to gather ingredients to cook for a meal. The new Heinen's store in downtown Cleveland is as much a grocery store as it is a place to buy - and maybe eat - a finished meal.
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