November 21, 2015 7 Comments
Lots of good stuff this week. Let’s go.
1) I did not read the (surely great) NYT series on how big business has basically taken away all our rights in the fine print (with a very strong assist from the Supreme Court), but I did love the Fresh Air interview on the matter.
2) A physician on the problem of allowing only 15 minutes for appointments.
4) Frank Bruni with a nice takedown of the epic phoniness of Ted Cruz.
5) Loved the Wired interview with JJ Abrams about making the new Star Wars movie.
7) On how building relationships with students leads to student success.
Last year faculty on my campus met for dinner to discuss How College Works,by Daniel F. Chambliss and Christopher G. Takacs. The book documents a long-term study the authors conducted to understand which aspects of the college experience had the greatest impact on students — both during their undergraduate years and afterward.
Their most consistent finding: Students cited the relationships they formed as the most important and memorable aspect of college. Those relationships began with fellow students, but also included connections with faculty and staff members. The number and intensity of those relationships not only predicted students’ general satisfaction with college, but had the power to motivate them to deeper, more committed learning in their courses.
8) Can reading (books) make you happier? Of course. That said, it makes me sad that the author of one of my very favorite books, The Corrections, left me pretty disappointed with Purity.
9) So, what’s up with this daesh thing? An explanation.
10) Great story on the secret effort to thwart the Nazi’s nuclear effort by blowing up their heavy water production.
11) Fascinating story on risk at baseball games and umbrellas. I don’t go to many baseball games, but when I do, you will never find me near the field down the baselines.
12) And speaking of fascinating… this story of the most extensive face transplant ever. At least click through and check out the photos.
13) Summary of my colleagues’ research on how state-level corruption doesn’t really hurt political parties.
14) It’s time (is it time?) for the Supreme Court to end the death penalty.
15) Future redistricting and North Carolina’s changing demographics.
16) What a journalist learned from interviewing imprisoned ISIS fighters.
17) Scoring in hockey is down significantly. Goalies are bigger and better. Time for bigger goals?
18) Religious children are more selfish than secular kids:
The findings “robustly demonstrate that children from households identifying as either of the two major world religions (Christianity and Islam) were less altruistic than children from non-religious households”.
Older children, usually those with a longer exposure to religion, “exhibit[ed] the greatest negative relations”.
The study also found that “religiosity affects children’s punitive tendencies”. Children from religious households “frequently appear to be more judgmental of others’ actions”, it said.
19) Phil Klay’s tweets on the refugees (whole series at the link). And another opportunity to plug his brilliant book, Redployment.
20) Very much enjoying the new Gimlet podcast, Suprisingly Awesome. Especially this episode on free throws.
21) Long read to finish things off– John Judis on Bernie Sanders.