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In Other Words (Week of April 9)

On the Left Nestlé “We Own the Muskegon River” Waters Gets MDEQ Approval to Pump 400 Gallons of Ground Water Every Single Minute(link is external) From Up North Progressive, Nestle’s controversial request to increase water pumping for resale approved by MDEQ. Medicaid Work Requirements: A Prescription For Problems(link is external) From the Michigan League for Public Policy …

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Cultivating a Culture of Trust

It has been difficult to write for the public in the months since posting the Open Letter to the College of Arts & Letters in the wake of the survivor impact statements that are transforming Michigan State University.1 Part of the difficulty is what my thoughtful #SpartanDean colleague, Prabu David, emphasized when he wrote that it is challenging to find the right …

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National Indian Law Library Bulletin (4/5/2018)

Here: The National Indian Law Library added new content to the Indian Law Bulletins on 4/5/18. U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2017-2018update.html Petition was filed in Fort Peck Housing Authority, et al., v. Department of Housing and Urban Development, et al. (Jurisdiction; Grant in Aid Funds) on 3/22/18. Read the latest Tribal Supreme Court Project update published on 4/2/18. …

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We installed a new exhibit today!

We installed a new exhibit today! Come check out some high flights from our Special Collections on display in the Sawyer-Koch exhibit cases, which are located by the front entrance of the main library. Many thanks to our Facilities crew for helping with the install! #libraryexhibit #exhibition #specialcollections #librariesofinstagram (at MSU Libraries)   Tweet

A Double Anniversary to Remember

Today, April 4, marks two significant anniversaries. Of course, one is the one remembered by nearly  all who were alive at the time – the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis, on April 4, 1968, 50 years ago today. One of the most visible leaders of his time, executed by hate for his …

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2018 FBA Baca Award Winners

Eric Eberhard and Heather Kendall-Miller Honored With 2018 Lawrence R. Baca Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Federal Indian Law The Federal Bar Association Indian Law Section is proud to announce that Professor Eric Eberhard and Heather Kendall-Miller are the 2018 recipients of the Lawrence R. Baca Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Federal Indian Law. Eric and Heather will …

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National Indian Law Library Bulletin (3/20/2018)

Here: The National Indian Law Library added new content to the Indian Law Bulletins on 3/20/18. U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2017-2018update.html Petition was filed in Harvey, et al., v. Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, et al. (Exhaustion of Tribal Remedies) on 3/7/18. Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2018.html Tribal lending and tribal …

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National Indian Law Library Bulletin (3/15/2018)

Here: The National Indian Law Library added new content to the Indian Law Bulletins on 3/15/18.Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2018.html Justice for Native Nations: Insights from legal pluralism. GMOs, International law, and Indigenous peoples. May the spirit of section 106 yet prevail?: Recognizing the environmental elements of Native American intangible cultural heritage. Tribal …

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SITE 2018 The Quickfire Challenge Roundtable: How to fail fast & learn while having fun

We (Candace & Leigh) are honored to present at SITE 2018. This blog post will serve as our guide and “handout” for our roundtable session. Inspired by reality TV cooking shows, the “Quickfire Challenge” is an educational tool created as an activity in the Master of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET) program at Michigan State University (Wolf, 2009). Over the …

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In Other Words (Week of March 12)

On the Left Time To Double Check Your Paycheck! (You Could Be Paying Later).(link is external) From the Michigan League for Public Policy’s blog Factually Speaking, federal tax reform and your paycheck. DeVos Fails Standardized Test(link is external)  From Progress Michigan, a reflection on Betsy DeVos’ latest interview on 60 Minutes. The Sinister Motive Behind Trump & DeVos’ Plan …

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Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)

Roger Penrose writes in the Guardian, providing a scientifically precise summary of Hawking’s accomplishments as a physicist (worth reading in full at the link). Penrose and Hawking collaborated to produce important singularity theorems in general relativity in the late 1960s. Here is a nice BBC feature: A Brief History of Stephen Hawking. The photo above …

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Risk, Uncertainty, and Heuristics

Risk = space of outcomes and probabilities are known. Uncertainty = probabilities not known, and even space of possibilities may not be known. Heuristic rules are contrasted with algorithms like maximization of expected utility. See also Bounded Cognition and Risk, Ambiguity, and Decision (Ellsberg). Here’s a well-known 2007 paper by Gigerenzer et al. Helping Doctors and …

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Better to be Lucky than Good?

The arXiv paper below looks at stochastic dynamical models that can transform initial (e.g., Gaussian) talent distributions into power law outcomes (e.g., observed wealth distributions in modern societies). While the models themselves may not be entirely realistic, they illustrate the potentially large role of luck relative to ability in real life outcomes. We’re used to …

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Big Tech compensation in 2018

I don’t work in Big Tech so I don’t know whether his numbers are realistic. If they are realistic, then I’d say careers in Big Tech (for someone with the ability to do high level software work) dominate all the other (risk-adjusted) options right now. This includes finance, startups, etc. No wonder the cost of …

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How NSA Tracks You (Bill Binney)

Anyone who is paying attention knows that the Obama FBI/DOJ used massive government surveillance powers against the Trump team during and after the election. A FISA warrant on Carter Page (and Manafort and others?) was likely used to mine stored communications of other Trump team members. Hundreds of “mysterious” unmasking requests by Susan Rice, Samantha …

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National Indian Law Library Bulletin (2/22/2018)

Here: The National Indian Law Library added new content to the Indian Law Bulletins on 2/22/18. U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2017-2018update.html Petition for certiorari was denied in Renteria, et al. v. Superior Court of California, Tulare County, et al. (Indian Child Welfare Act) and in Norton, et al. v. Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, et …

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Food Fraud Tabletop Exercise: “Something’s Fishy” – Grant Deliverable for FDA’s Innovative Food Defense Program (IFDP)

Attached you will find our “Something’s Fishy” free and public Food Fraud Tabletop Exercise (FFTTX) that was the final deliverable for our 2013 FDA’s Innovative Food Defense Program(IFDP) grant. Feel free to use the content as you see fit. The grant deliverables included submitting materials ready to be posted online in the FDA FREE-B program Food Related Emergency Exercise …

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Documentary Films as Soccer Storytelling

I recently went on a cinematic journey that took me from women’s soccer in Zanzibar to a failed stadium-and-entertainment complex in Buenos Aires. My travel agency, so to speak, was the Football Scholars Forum. On February 23 it held an online discussion of two low-budget, high-return documentary films. (A recording of the event can be found here. …

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New Publication: Hacking Structures: Educational Technology Programs, Evaluation, and Transformation

I was elated to see the tweet from Michelle this morning that our chapter “Hacking Structures: Educational Technology Programs, Evaluation, and Transformation” in Hacking Education in a Digital Age Teacher Education, Curriculum, and Literacies has been published! I’m so proud of this chapter (and what led us to write the chapter.) Can’t wait to get a copy to see the words …

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Who Me Worry? I Believe We All Should.

“It is not light that we need but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder.” Frederick Douglass      ***** I signed into a webinar this week hosted by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The webinar was presented by Jessica Gehl   on “Sustainable Development Goals(SDG’s) – How Will They Impact Your Business?” The bulk of …

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Childhood Lead Exposure in Michigan: It’s Not Just Flint

The risks of childhood lead exposure and poisoning were inadvertently brought into the spotlight through the Flint water crisis. But the issue in Michigan extends far beyond that city’s limits. Last November, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released provisional 2016 data on childhood lead testing(link is external) showing that the rate of elevated lead …

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In Other Words (Week of February 19)

On the Left Schuette Silent On Environmental Issues(link is external) From Progress Michigan, Bill Schuette’s silence in responding to environmental issues. The NRA Is Killing Us And Their Weapon Is The Second Amendment(link is external) From Ramona’s Voices, gun violence in schools and the role of the NRA. Enough With The Bonuses, Mr. President*!(link is external) From Eclectablog, …

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Report – A Review of ISO Standards Terminology Regarding Product Integrity and Authenticity

This review of ISO standards is in support of several project definitions of Food Fraud and related terms. The ISO definitions are important to consider since they are already published, internationally recognized, led by government appointed representatives, and have already been through a rigorous, consensus-based development process. The US government is represented and led by …

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