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The Science behind Superstorm Sandy’s Crippling Storm Surge: Scientific American

The Science behind Superstorm Sandy’s Crippling Storm Surge: Scientific American | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
Sandy, a massive “superstorm,” unleashed high winds and large-scale flooding in New York and New Jersey—and the future holds more such damaging surges...
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A literary life: Alabama's next poet laureate Andrew Glaze says words inspire him

A literary life: Alabama's next poet laureate Andrew Glaze says words inspire him | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
Poetry — creating imagery, provoking thought, highlighting the similarities and differences we share — has always been a part of Andrew Glaze's life. He was a poet, even as a child.
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As I Get Older, Why Does My Memory for Names Seem to Deteriorate?: Scientific American

As I Get Older, Why Does My Memory for Names Seem to Deteriorate?: Scientific American | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
As I get older, why does my memory for names seem to deteriorate?
—Tony Karger, U.K .

Paul Reber , a psychology professor at Northwestern University, answers:

Forgetting someone's name is a common misstep.
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Seismic Risk in Eastern U.S. May Be Higher Than Previously Thought: Scientific American

Seismic Risk in Eastern U.S. May Be Higher Than Previously Thought: Scientific American | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
An analysis of the 2011 magnitude 5.8 Virginia earthquake suggests seismic waves generated near U.S.
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Natasha Trethewey: A poet who can't be ignored

Natasha Trethewey: A poet who can't be ignored | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, a UGA graduate, will deliver the UGA Charter Lecture on Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel with a public reception immediately following in Demosthenian Hall.
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More Georgia college students apply for loan program

More Georgia college students apply for loan program | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
Students struggling to pay college bills have turned to Georgia’s new low-interest loan program for help, according to data the Georgia Student Finance Commission shared Wednesday.
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The President wins. Does education win, too? | Get Schooled

The President wins. Does education win, too? | Get Schooled | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
One of the least discussed issues in this presidential campaign was education.
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Bedford Bits: Ideas for Teaching Composition » Blog Archive » The Nice White Lady Teaches Comma Splices, Part 2

What we call “standard” English is deeply embedded in cultural hierarchies that are often left unspoken. To address those hierarchies draws attention to the larger social context in which our teaching takes place—and to challenge that larger social context may bring chaos into our classrooms. Or so it would seem. In the 1966 film To Sir with Love, Sidney Poitier plays a Black Guyanese engineer who, when he cannot find a position as an engineer, accepts a teaching position in a tough London school. Almost all of his students are white and working class. Racial and class tensions are turned on their ear in this film. White teenagers must confront their own racism as they engage with the social hierarchy through poignant and often unexpected struggles.

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Growing populations of underprepared students provide a new challenge for private colleges | Inside Higher Ed

Growing populations of underprepared students provide a new challenge for private colleges | Inside Higher Ed | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

It is clear from one look at the institute's agenda that serving such students is a growing prerogative for many of these colleges, particularly as they face decreases in their traditional demographics, increased competition from public institutions, and mounting pressure to tap into new revenue sources.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/11/06/growing-populations-underprepared-students-provide-new-challenge-private-colleges#ixzz2BS5PJb6X
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Librarian Brings Bouchercon to Cleveland—and $1M+ to Its Economy

Librarian Brings Bouchercon to Cleveland—and $1M+ to Its Economy | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

Mogg hopes that more librarians will attend future Bouchercons, emphasizing that it’s a great way to mingle with authors, and if the event is held in your area you may be able to piggyback onto the event by contacting authors who will be attending for possible events to be held in your library.

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Faculty groups say president endangered safety of professor | Inside Higher Ed

Faculty groups say president endangered safety of professor | Inside Higher Ed | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

"Before the grievance was adjudicated and the facts in the case were established, and without the courtesy of contacting Professor DeSoto, you issued a highly prejudicial and inflammatory press statement," the letter said. "The media response, which unfairly and falsely characterized Professor DeSoto’s actions, was a direct result of your premature and provocative press release. As a consequence of your actions, Professor DeSoto and members of her family received numerous threatening e-mails and phone calls."

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/11/05/faculty-groups-say-president-endangered-safety-professor#ixzz2BLboiDUt
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Charter school battle involves big money

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The question facing Georgia voters Tuesday is fairly simple: Do they want to create an additional pathway to approve charter schools in the state?
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#digped Storify: On the Deformation of New Media Citation Practices | #digped | HYBRID PEDAGOGY

#digped Storify: On the Deformation of New Media Citation Practices | #digped | HYBRID PEDAGOGY | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
Hybrid Pedagogy is an academic and networked journal of teaching and technology that combines the strands of critical and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses of technology and digital media in education.
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Review: Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' a towering achievement

Review: Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' a towering achievement | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
Hollywood's most successful director turns on a dime and delivers his most restrained, interior film. A celebrated playwright shines an illuminating light on no more than a sliver of a great man's life.
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Should you quit your PhD?

Should you quit your PhD? | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
Do you sometimes think about giving up? Should you entertain this notion seriously, or ignore it? When is it right to walk away?

It's an important issue which we haven't really tackled much on t...
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Kentucky test results offer glimpse into how Common Core assessments will affect Georgia and other states | Get Schooled

Noteworthy scores out of Kentucky, the first state to introduce tests explicitly tied to the Common Core State Standards.
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LJ Index 2012: The Star Libraries

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Welcome to the latest update on America’s Star Libraries and the data that earn them that distinction. The LJ Index of Public Library Service 2012, sponsored by Baker & Taylor’s Bibliostat, is based on 2010 data released by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Below are the libraries that received stars from the LJ Index of Public Library Service 2012, divided into peer groups by expenditure category.

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Big healthcare decisions loom for state in election’s wake

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Now that President Barack Obama’s re-election has secured the survival of his health care law, Georgia’s Republican leaders must decide whether to help shape how the law will work here or cede control to the federal government.
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Charter school amendment glides to victory | Get Schooled

In a 58 to 42  percent vote, Georgians adopted a constitutional amendment tonight that will put the state back in the business of approving charter schools...
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Anthropologists approve new code of ethics | Inside Higher Ed

Anthropologists approve new code of ethics | Inside Higher Ed | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

As a discipline, anthropology has at times been divided over ethics, with many in the field feeling shame over early work in the field that was used to promote imperialism and with more recent debate over whether it is appropriate for anthropologists to work with the U.S. military. But debate over the new code (as is reflected in the overwhelming vote to approve it) was not as intense as discussions in recent years over very specific questions, such as whether anthropologists should work to help American efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Digital Literacies 101 – What MOOCs Really Teach | Inside Higher Ed

Digital Literacies 101 – What MOOCs Really Teach | Inside Higher Ed | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

Even the biggest, most formalized MOOCs, some of which are built on linear talking-head videos and automated grading, change the game a little. Not in the tools. Simply being online doesn’t develop digital literacies terribly quickly or effectively.

But interacting at scale, even in a large network aimed at having the teacher at the traditional centre, does. Because when there are 30 or even 300 students in a course, the teacher can be expected to be the audience for that student’s engagement.

But in a course of 3,000 or 30,000 or 100,000, that expectation fails. Fast. Maybe even fast enough that the students who only dip into a MOOC long enough to get disoriented and confused about the whole process begin to understand that it’s possible to be a student and still be self-directed, not teacher-directed.

To me, is the most important digital literacy there is. And it is the one that will gradually - maybe - bring change to education.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/university-venus/digital-literacies-101-%E2%80%93-what-moocs-really-teach#ixzz2BSA3MJCo
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LJ Directors’ Summit: MOOCs, Museums, Poets, and Irises | LJ Insider

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At the Ithaka conference, Deanna Marcum, the managing director of Ithaka S+R and the former associate librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress, explained the shifting educational terrain this way: “Classrooms are not what they were, faculty are doing different things, technology has really allowed us to think in quite different ways about how people learn, how we engage with people and what the expectations are of those who want to learn.”
Public library directors need to grasp what those “different ways” and “expectations” are—and to exploit them.
Rebecca Edwards has been actively doing so as an education specialist, family audiences, at The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. At the directors’ summit she will explain how the Getty has engaged those changing expectations by using new technologies for museum education and services in the midst of institutional disruptions.
For example, Edwards recently explained to the New York Times, that the Getty has created an audio tour in which animals in various works of art talk about themselves.
It is not seen as a money maker but as a way to increase the number of visitors. “What these do is provide parents a way for their children to focus on art that perhaps they could not have done themselves,” Edwards told the Times.

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Examining Technology Use, Diversity & Equity at the Digital Edge | DML Hub

Examining Technology Use, Diversity & Equity at the Digital Edge | DML Hub | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

As a leading ethnographer, lecturer, and author, S. Craig Watkins is working at the forefront of the digital media and learning initiative. At the core of his studies is an interest in how young people navigate social change around them, particularly the innovative ways youth are adapting to new media and mobile media platforms. For more than a year, Craig and his connected learning research team have been working with Texas City High School (TCHS), a public school with an enrollment of 1,650 students, the majority of whom are minorities, in an effort to implement several ‘connected learning’ design pilot projects. He also serves as conference chair for the 2013 Digital Media and Learning Conference, which is themed “Democratic Futures” and will take place March 14-16 in Chicago. Craig spent a few moments with us talking about how his perspectives on civic education and issues of digital equity have evolved as a result of working at the majority-minority school.

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my dream about time by Lucille Clifton : The Poetry Foundation

my dream about time by  Lucille  Clifton  : The Poetry Foundation | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
a woman unlike myself is running / down the long hall of a lifeless house / with too many windows which open on / a world she has no language for,...
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