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Fooling around with Wordle

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All three Tri Cities are ranked

In NerdWallet's list of the ten best cities in Tennessee for young families.  They looked at public schools, cost of living, and town growth and prosperity. Here's the list::

The Best Towns in Tennessee for Young Families

RankCityNearest big cityGreatSchools ratingMedian home valueMonthly owner costsMedian household incomeGrowth,’99-’11Overall score for young families1ColliervilleMemphis10$277,100$2,172$102,29827.0%68.12Spring HillNashville9$197,700$1,493$75,72824.4%65.83Mt. JulietNashville9$192,300$1,439$70,86820.9%65.14FranklinNashville9$309,400$1,907$77,11836.7%64.65Oak RidgeKnoxville8$142,100$1,312$53,41927.3%62.36BrentwoodNashville10$483,700$2,615$127,59614.1%62.07Bristol–8$100,900$1,015$35,32017.6%61.08HendersonvilleNashville8$198,200$1,598$63,71927.2%60.89Johnson City–8$153,000$1,207$37,28420.9%60.010Kingsport–7$120,400$1,021$39,90130.7%59.5

She really was a stripper working her way through college....

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Talk about a non-traditional student.  Pour some sugar on me.  From Salon.
G-strings and Ph.D.s
Anthropologist Katherine Frank spent six years stripping and interviewing 30 of her regular customers to research her book “G-Strings and Sympathy: Strip Club Regulars and Male Desire.” Adapted from her Ph.D. dissertation, it’s an academic yet accessible exploration of the exchange between the naked lady on the platform and the man who keeps returning to tuck money in her garter. Frank discusses with equal ease the bounce/rump-shaker move and the self-reflexive nature of the post-tourist, and her experience reflects less mind-body dissociation than one might expect. She created a set she calls her Ode to Baudrillard at one of the clubs, stripping off layers to songs (one from “The Matrix” and one by White Zombie) that reference the philosopher who argues that reality — sorry, “reality” — has become indistinguishable from its representations, or simulacra. (Had she not retired to academia, I w…

ETSU is 87th

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In the Washington Monthly's 2013 National University Rankings. Ahead of us in Tennessee: Tennessee State University is 17th, Vanderbuilt is 20th, and the University of Memphis is 37th. Behind us:  Middle Tennessee State University comes in at 105 and The University of Tennessee at 124.  In case you're wondering, TSU is ranked extremely high in Social Mobility, just behind the University of Texas-El Paso and North Carolina A&T State University.  In the more information than you probably want or need catagory--my son teaches History at Tennessee Wesleyan College, the 32nd ranked Baccalaureate College in the country.

This cracked my friends up at the Faculty Convocation

A biologist, a chemist, and a statistician are out hunting. The biologist shoots at a deer and misses five feet to the left. The chemist takes a shot and misses five feet to the right. The statistician yells, ‘We got ‘im!’ ”

Women's Equality Day

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Infographic Friday

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And never wear a red shirt

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I wouldn't volunteer for an away mission either.  From OPEN Forum.
Everything I Need to Know About Business I Learned From Star Trek Hire people who are smarter than you. Kirk had Spock. Janeway had Tuvok. Picard had Data. Starfleet captains are highly intelligent, highly trained specialists, but every single one has a close and trusted officer on board they know is even smarter and more capable. When a captain runs into a situation that's beyond his mental abilities, somebody with the capacity to figure it out is right there on the bridge. Takeaway: It's tough on the ego to not be the smartest person in the room, but great for business. Hire people specifically because they're smarter and more capable than you are. It will give you a huge advantage over leaders whose egos can't take the hit.

God help me, I do love top ten lists

Grammar time!

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What, me worry?

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Living within your means seems to be the answer.  From Time.
What Retirement Crisis? American Retirees Say They're Doing Just Fine Maybe we worry too much about retirees. As a group, they are more likely than working people to describe their finances as comfortable, according to a new poll.  How can this be? Aren’t oppressively low bank rates crushing the lifestyle of folks concentrated in conservative investments? Hasn’t the housing bust wiped out much of their home-equity safety net? Weren’t many forced to sell assets at low prices to make ends meet?  The answer to these questions is, in part, yes. Yet 75% of retirees report that they are financially comfortable right now, Gallup reports. That tops the 67% of working people who claim to be financially comfortable and suggests that whatever economic hardships have befallen elders, they are no more painful than those that have afflicted working folks.  On its face, the comfort level that retirees express is confounding. Low rates h…

Coffee

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Is there anything you can't do?  From The Huffington Post.
Coffee May Lower Suicide Risk By 50 Percent, Harvard Study Indicates
Keep drinking your morning cup of joe, coffee drinkers. Aside from a jolt of energy, caffeinated coffee may lower the suicide risk in men and women by 50 percent, Harvard researchers indicated in a recent study.  Reviewing data from three large-scale U.S. studies, the team from the Harvard School of Public Health compared the risk of suicide for adults who consumed two to four caffeinated cups per day with that of non-coffee drinkers, those who drank much less coffee per day and people who chose decaf.  The results, published earlier this month in the The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, were striking. Comparatively, the suicide risk for those who drank two to four cups per day was about 50 percent less than the risk for subjects in the other groups. (The total sample included more than 200,000 participants, who were studied for time spans of at lea…

Infographic Friday

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There's not enough graduating high school seniors

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This enrollment trend will put more emphasis on attracting adult and nontraditional students, creating more pressure for continuing education units.  At the same time, tuition has gotten so high that many adults cannot afford to attend.  Plus, there's constant and increasing competition for that adult student.  It's hard out there for a continuing educator.  From The New York Times.
College Enrollment Falls as Economy Recovers The long enrollment boom that swelled American colleges — and helped drive up their prices — is over, with grim implications for many schools.  College enrollment fell 2 percent in 2012-13, the first significant decline since the 1990s, but nearly all of that drop hit for-profit and community colleges; now, signs point to 2013-14 being the year when traditional four-year, nonprofit colleges begin a contraction that will last for several years. The college-age population is dropping after more than a decade of sharp growth, and many adults who opted out o…

And sometimes a banana is just a banana

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Throughout my career, I've been blessed with great bosses.  Of course, some were better than others, and I learned just as much from their mistakes as their successed.  From TODAY.com.
Sometimes, the boss really is a psycho  The bully, the narcissist, the know-it-all, even the psychopath.  We may not like them, or want our children to be like them. But chances are, almost everyone who has worked long enough has a horror story about a superior who generally behaved like Homer Simpson’s boss, Mr. Charles Montgomery "Monty" Burns. A growing number of researchers are looking into what makes a real-life Mr. Burns, and what they are finding isn’t always pretty.  “There are whole climates and cultures of abuse in the workplace,” said Darren Treadway, an associate professor at the University at Buffalo School of Management. His recent research looks at why bullies are able to persist, and sometimes even thrive, at work.  He said many people have either seen or experienced bullyi…

Grammar time!

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Perhaps if it comes with a thaw in state support

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When I moved to Tennessee twenty years ago, we were a low-tuition state.  Our out-of-state tuition was cheaper than some neighboring states' in-state tuition. Students paid about 33% of the cost of their education at public universities; now it's 67%.  That reversal has led to increased tuition.  And it's the same story in a lot of states. From The Tennessean.
TN senator seeks to freeze state colleges' tuition A state senator has announced plans to file legislation that would freeze tuition rates for state colleges and universities.  Sen. Jim Summerville, R-Dickson, said in a news release that his bill would keep tuition rates at their current level “for several years” but did not offer specifics. It also will include recommendations for reducing higher education costs, he said.  In June, the Tennessee Board of Regents and The University of Tennessee both raised tuition between 3 and 6 percent for each of the campuses they oversee. Over the past five years, the average …

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ETSU’s Professional Development granted APA co-sponsorship status

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The American Psychological Association (APA) has recently granted co-sponsorship status to East Tennessee State University’s Office of Professional Development. The APA designed such status to facilitate access to quality APA-approved continuing education programs for psychologists and other mental health professionals.

Psychologists in Tennessee must acquire 40 continuing education credits every two years to maintain membership in APA; non-APA members must participate in continuing education every two years to maintain licensure.

Applications for partnering with groups for APA credit programs are being accepted by the Office of Professional Development. These applications may be accessed by going to www.etsu.edu/professionaldevelopment.

I'm feeling victimized myself when I look in the mirror...

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It absolutely wouldn't surprise me that this discrimination exists.  But I have to wonder what in the world Dr. Miller was thinking when he tweeted.  Evolutionary psychology indeed. From CBS News.
Are fat Ph.D.'s subject to discrimination? Does academia discriminate against fat Ph.D. students?   A new study that suggests it is in fact happening comes on the heels of a professor's controversial tweet last month that denigrated obese Ph.D. students. Geoffrey Miller, an evolutionary psychology professor, unleashed a firestorm of criticism when he tweeted this:    "Dear obese PhD applicants: if you didn't have the willpower to stop eating carbs, you won't have the willpower to do a dissertation. #truth."  After the tweet caused an uproar, Miller, who is a visiting professor this summer at New York University, claimed that the tweet was part of a research project, but the institutional review board at the University of New Mexico where he is tenured didn't …

Let's go Peay!

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The only public Tennessee institution on The Chronicle of Higher Education's best workplace list is Austin Peay State University. Privates Milligan College and Lee University made the list. From The Tennessean.
Austin Peay State makes best-workplace list again For the second consecutive year, Austin Peay State University is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.  APSU was the only public university in Tennessee to make the list.  The results were released in The Chronicle’s sixth annual report on The Academic Workplace. In all, only 97 institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions, with APSU included among the large universities with 10,000 or more students. APSU won honors in categories including professional/career development programs, job satisfaction and teaching environment.

University of Iowa tops Princeton Review's party school list

Hail to thee, our alma mater... Interestingly enough, the top fve has a distinctive Midwestern flavor.  The entire list can be found at ABC News.
The Princeton Review released its annual college rankings on Monday, including a list of the Top 20 party schools in the nation for 2013.
1. University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
2. University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, Calif.
3. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Ill.
4. West Virginia University, Morgantown W. Va.
5. Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.

Grammar time!

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Learn a new language through ETSU Rosetta Stone language instruction

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East Tennessee State University’s Office of Professional Development is offering online language-learning courses available in 25 languages through a licensing agreement with Rosetta Stone®, a leading provider of technology-based language-learning solutions.

Users pursue independent study, available at all proficiency levels, in the language of their choice. Among the most popular of the 25 languages available are Italian, English, Japanese, Latin, French, Spanish and Greek, offered for a fee of $60 for two months.

In addition, a continuing education unit with certificate option is available for those who need this documentation. The option requires completion of all the areas of the chosen language, including grammar, vocabulary and conversation.

This non-credit professional development instruction is available to the community and does not require formal admission to ETSU.

For more information, contact Christy Buckles of the ETSU Office of Professional Development at (800) 222-3878,…

I need a skinnier avatar...

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If only he would get off his lazy butt and exercise more!  From Time.
Weight Loss and How Virtual Reality Can Change Behavior Most studies involving video games and avatars have been connected with weight gain, but seeing our virtual selves could also melt pounds away — if the avatar adopts the right healthy habits.The appeal of virtual-reality games lies in their power to simulate realities that we create ourselves — from the mundane familiarity of our own existence to the stimulating excitement of a fantasy world where anything goes. And the appeal of simulated worlds is driving researchers to investigate how these virtual experiences are changing or shaping our behaviors. Does connecting with a virtual version of yourself alter your perception of who you are and what you are capable of doing? And if that’s the case, could such virtual realities become a new tool for influencing social behaviors like relationships, or even lifestyle choices such as exercising, smoking or eating?Accor…

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Summer enrollments stagnant

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I once had a summer school director in Illinois tell be that it was hard to balance the threefold mission of summer school: (1) to generate revenue for the university, (2) provide additional salary to faculty, and (3) provide learning opportunities for students.  He put them in that order, as well.  With our new funding formula, summer sessions offer an opportunity to increase student persistance to degree and speed up the path to the degree. It's often hard to take advantage of that opportunity, as the University of Tennessee found out.  It appears like they plan to improve by moving to a more entrepreneureal model, similar to ETSU's.  From The Knoxville News Sentinel.
UT seeks to draw more students, instructors for summer classes
Even free money couldn’t get more students to spend their summers in classrooms at the University of Tennessee.  Two years ago, the university announced plans to ramp up enrollment in summer courses as a means of getting students to stay in school a…