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Big M and Integrality Tolerance

A change I made to an answer I posted on OR-Exchange, based on a comment from a well-informed user of OR-X, might be worth repeating here on the blog. It has to do with issues that can occur when using “big M” type integer programming models, a topic I’ve covered here before. As I mentioned …

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Kirsten Carlson on the Rise of Lobbying by Tribal Interests from 1978 to 2012

Kirsten Matoy Carlson has posted “Lobbying Against the Odds,” forthcoming in the Harvard Journal on Legislation. Here is the abstract: Conventional narratives maintain that groups that lack political power litigate because they cannot attain their goals politically. Yet lobbying by American Indians has increased over 600 percent since the late 1970s. And they are not …

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Teaching Soccer Online: 2018 Edition

  A couple of weeks ago, I was mired in grading final papers and exams when I received the first student emails about my “Global Soccer” online summer course. “Professor,” an eager young man wrote, “I’m really excited about taking your soccer class and want to get an early start.” His enthusiasm, while obviously welcome, …

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National Indian Law Library Bulletin (5/11/2018)

Here: The National Indian Law Library added new content to the Indian Law Bulletins on 5/11/18.Tribal Courts Bulletin http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/tribal/2018.html People of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians v. Sorrell (Exclusion Order) People of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians v. Nickaboine (Exclusion Order)Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2018.html To sue and be …

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Grant Christensen on ICRA and Banishment

Grant Christensen has posted “Civil Rights Notes: American Indians and Banishment, Jury Trials, and the Doctrine of Lenity,” forthcoming in the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal. The syllabus: Indian defendants appearing before tribal courts are not protected by the Bill of Rights. Instead, Congress enacted the Indian Civil Rights Act in 1968 to …

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Importing food damages domestic environment

Trees falling as fragile forests become cropland is a visual shorthand for the environmental costs exporting countries pay to meet lucrative global demands for food. Yet a new study reveals a counterintuitive truth: Importing food also damages homeland ecology. In this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) …

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In Other Words (Week of April 23)

On the Left Time’s Up, John Engler From Progress Michigan, John Engler’s history in handling sexual assault as Michigan Governor and more recently as MSU interim president. Earth Day: A Revisit From Ramona’s Voices, remembering the first Earth Day. Tax Day 2018: Celebrating The Contributions Of All Michiganders From the Michigan League for Public Policy blog Factually Speaking, tax …

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Independent Streams (Week of April 16)

Problems East Lansing Is Going To Soon Have A Housing Market Overload IPPSR affiliate Charles Ballard is quoted on East Lansing demographics and student housing choices. New Findings Raise Concerns About Avian Malaria In Southwest Michigan IPPSR affiliate Eric Freedman pens article on the spread of avian disease in Michigan as temperatures rise. In Today’s World, Student …

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AERA 2018 presentation: Patterns of engagement in a flipped undergraduate class (slides, paper, & code)

I’m presenting a second paper at AERA on patterns of (outside of class) engagement in a flipped undergraduate class with my colleagues You-kyung Lee, Kristy Robinson, John Ranellucci, Cary Roseth, and Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia. The presentation is at 8:15 am (Sunday, 4/15) in the Millenium Broadway Hotel (Room 7.04) and is on a session on emotions, …

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AERA 2018 presentation: How engagement during out-of-school STEM programs promotes the development of interest (slides, paper, & code)

I’m excited to present a paper on how engagement during out-of-school STEM programs promotes youths’ development of interest with my co-authors Patrick Beymer and Jennifer Schmidt. The paper is in the session “Data-Intensive Approaches to Studying Engagement in Education: Exploring Their Current Potential”. My co-presenters in the session include Eric Weibe and James Creager, Sophia …

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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

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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