Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America's Public Universities [Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)]

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The second book review I've ever published in Nature Magazine appeared last week, roughly the same time I was on a trans-Atlantic flight from NYC to Frankfurt, Germany. Due to my lack of wireless and jet lag, I've neglected to mention this until now. This review discusses a book that I think is very important for everyone involved in higher education to read and think about: Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America's Public Universities by William G. Bowen, Matthew M. Chingos, and Michael S. McPherson. If you would like a free PDF of this review, either click here or, if that link does not allow you to access the review, leave a comment here and I'll email the PDF to you.

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Flesh [DrugMonkey]

"Your pumpkin pie slice skin, your caramel corn nice skin, your toffee wrapped, ginger snapped, cinnamon spice skin!"

A Twitt from occasional commenter @szvan alerted me to this blog post pointing to an AP story about the recent State Dinner hosted by the President and First Lady. The blog post was updated to say the AP story had been subsequently edited to redact the offending bit but I was able to screen capture what seems to be the original version. Anybody spot the problem?

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@LukeD It's due to hashtag spamming by morons. I'm still waiting for "search only among those I'm following".

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‘The pill’ for him: Scientists find a hormonal on-and-off switch for male fertility

A new research report published in the December 2009 print issue of The FASEB Journal could one day give men similar type of control over their fertility that women have had since the 1960s. That's because scientists have found how and where androgenic hormones work in the testis to control normal sperm production and male fertility.


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Big freeze plunged Europe into ice age in months

In the film, 'The Day After Tomorrow' the world enters the icy grip of a new glacial period within the space of just a few weeks.


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Research highlights need for national HIV strategy

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that well over one million people in the United States are infected with HIV/AIDS.


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That was fun

Several people have notified me of this amusing editorial by the editor of the Colorado Springs Gazette, which compares me to a diseased pig and insists on addressing me as "Little Paul" throughout. It's poorly written and mostly pointless (well, other than its demand that we censor youtube), and I think there is only one virtue to it. It gives Bryan Appleyard an example to follow in his ongoing efforts to improve his writing.

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Very happy about new Tweetdeck list support & geolocation. Unhappy about continued lack of CTRL-Z undo and "not otherwise grouped" column.

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The Mentally Unbalanced Views of Thomas Friedman [The Primate Diaries]

The New York Times Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Thomas Friedman, by his own definition, is insane. Many understood this when he published The Lexus and the Olive Tree and asserted that military socialism was a good thing because it promoted American business:

McDonald's cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the designer of the U.S. Air Force F-15. And the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for Silicon Valley's technologies to flourish is called the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. And these fighting forces and institutions are paid for by American taxpayer dollars.

However, this only makes Friedman insane for those that watched America's surge towards global economic saturation as a bubble of self-inflated hubris (as the current financial crisis is beginning to reveal). It takes a very specific kind of crazy to meet Friedman's own high standards.

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