New article in Tech Trends: Design guidelines for graduate program social media use

In 2014, Colin Terry, John Bell, Virginia Hiltz, Tracy Russo, and other members of a group interested in social media within our Educational Psychology and Educational Technology program presented a paper on best practices for graduate program social media use at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education conference. We’re excited the article is …

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Moore’s Law and AI

By now you’ve probably heard that Moore’s Law is really dead. So dead that the semiconductor industry roadmap for keeping it on track has more or less been abandoned: see, e.g., here, here or here. (Reported on this blog 2 years ago!) What I have not yet seen discussed is how a significantly reduced rate …

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Solidarity Forever

I came across this sentence during my morning reading: “Chimpanzee’s most sophisticated social-cognitive abilities may emerge only in the more natural situations of food competition with conspecifics.” It set me thinking. But first, the obligatory tangent, this time less in the vein of changing the subject and more in line with being helpful to my …

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Trump on Trump

Someone sent me a link to this 1990 Playboy interview with Donald Trump. There’s much more in the interview than what I have excerpted below. See also Crazy like a fox. What satisfaction, exactly, do you get out of doing a deal? I love the creative process. I do what I do out of pure enjoyment. …

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Crazy like a fox

Trump Unstoppable? Matt Taibbi writes in Rolling Stone. (Does Rolling Stone still exist? It’s only a matter of time as the lawsuit(s) over the UVA fraternity rape hoax work their way through the system.) See also Trump: the Master Persuader and American and Chinese Oligarchies. How America Made Donald Trump Unstoppable: … It turns out …

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Research Proposal Season

It is definitely true that proposal writing, editing, and evaluation are skills that can be developed over time. I say that with just a N=1 (me), but I’ve seen it amongst others, too, and several mentors have suggested as much. So how do you advise a student writing their first research proposal, particularly if they’re …

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The ESSA and Public Opinion

Long-time Washington D.C. lobbyist Tom Korologos once quipped: “The things Congress does best are nothing and overreacting.” In many ways, the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was an enormous federal overreaction to the problem of stagnating educational achievement. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), by comparison, is a long overdue legislative correction of that …

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Two Bottles of Beer in the Ground: The MSU Connection to PH Kling and the Brewing Barons of Detroit

PH Kling Brewery Bottle Fragment – Gunson Unit D This past week, Lisa, the Campus Archaeologist, discovered fragment of two different beer bottles in the assemblage excavated from the remains of Professor Thomas Gunson’s household. The embossed words “PH Kling” appear on both fragments, although in different fonts, and an internet search quickly brought up …

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Pathogen testing and the safety of poultry parts

The USDA FSIS recently finalized new poultry pathogen performance standards. In brief, the finalized rule is establishing standards and testing procedures for assessing the level of salmonella and Campylobacter on chicken parts (read: chicken breasts, wings, thighs, etc.) and not-ready-to-eat comminuted chicken and poultry (read: ground chicken and ground turkey). While not a high-profile or …

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Clausnitz

There’s a German idiom that may also be similar in British English, but it’s one I’ve never heard Americanized: “Ich glaub’, ich bin im falschen Film.” Literally this means: I think I’m in the wrong movie. Figuratively, it means that something is out of place. Something went wrong, and you ended up on someone else’s movie …

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DeepMind and Demis Hassabis

Recent profile in the Guardian; 15 facts about Hassabis. The mastery of Atari games through reinforcement learning deep neural nets is described here (Nature). See also Deep Neural Nets and Go: AlphaGo beats European champion. Guardian: … “We’re really lucky,” says Hassabis, who compares his company to the Apollo programme and Manhattan Project for both …

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CSA Philosophy

Thornapple CSA is a community supported agriculture group in the Lansing area. They host the website for the Thornapple Blog. It’s not entirely clear whether they are supporting the blog, or whether the blog is supporting the CSA. It’s certainly true that the Blog sits on a website that is maintained by the CSA. All …

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Advance care planning

A version of this post first appeared at https://www.seniorly.com/. Last week I wrote about understanding individuals’ wishes as a means of providing culturally sensitive palliative care.  That assumes the individual in question knows their wishes and can communicate them or has someone who can communicate for them. Advance care planning is one way to increase …

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State Superintendent Reports on Michigan’s Failing Schools, Education Committee Members Point Fingers at Teachers

On February 16, Michigan’s Senate Education Committee met to hear a presentation delivered by State Superintendent Brian J. Whiston. The presentation focused on Michigan’s failing schools and the Michigan Department of Education’s (MDE) plans for improving them. Whiston and his colleagues highlighted schools that have moved from priority to reward status and shared turnaround strategies …

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Elite schools, birthright, and credentials

In mixing together the truly talented with the rich and powerful, elite US universities perform a useful service to both groups. Khan is discussing themes related to his book Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School. See also Credentialism and elite employment , Credentialism and elite performance, and Defining Merit. Bloomberg View: Save …

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NIH peer review percentile scores are poorly predictive of grant productivity

The impacts of studies ranked in the 3rd to 20th percentile are more or less statistically indistinguishable. With current funding lines as low as 10th percentile, this means that many unfunded proposals are more meritorious than funded studies. NIH peer review percentile scores are poorly predictive of grant productivity DOI: 10.7554/eLife.13323.001 Peer review is widely …

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Eva, Rick, and Mercury LLC: Damage Control Strategies for Abusive Teaching and Water Poisoning

    Today’s Lessons… 1. Abusive teaching behavior has been documented multiple times at Eva Moskowitz’s “Success Academy” charter school network. Ms. Moskowitz never denies these abuses happened—she simply attacks the newspaper or journalist who reported the abuses. 2. The PR firm handling Ms. Moskowitz’s damage control here is none other than Mercury LLP—the same …

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Michigan’s Accountability Blind Spot

A new report from the advocacy organization The Education Trust-Midwest (ETM) has raised alarm over the lack of governmental oversight of Michigan’s charter school authorizers. The report, entitled Accountability for All: The Broken Promise of Michigan’s Charter Sector, scrutinized the performance of the state’s largest charter authorizers and determined that many of them are failing …

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Canning on Campus

Complete Mason Jar from Gunson Unit A To say that the Gunson assemblage has a lot of glass is an understatement. So far, having fully cataloged one unit and being close to half way through another we have been encountering condiment jars, drinking glasses, medicine bottles, window glass, lab glass, and many fragments of canning …

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Saginaw Chippewa v. NLRB Cert Petition

Here: Saginaw Cert Petition and Appendix- Filed Questions presented: For more than sixty years, the National Labor Relations Board correctly declined to exercise jurisdiction over tribal operations on tribal lands. But in recent years, the Board has belatedly asserted the extraordinary power to regulate the on-reservation activities of sovereign Indian tribes, precipitating a three-way circuit split in the process. Nothing in …

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Little River Band v. NLRB Cert Petition

Here: Little River Petition and Appendix COMBINED Question presented: Whether the National Labor Relations Board exceeded its authority by ordering an Indian tribe not to enforce a tribal labor law that governs the organizing and collective bargaining activities of tribal government employees working on tribal trust lands. Lower court materials here. Tweet

Heart-Shaped Blog

Although we find frequent occasions to complain about robots here in the Thornapple Blog, I do have to acknowledge that The Google is a regular blogger’s friend and savior. I sat down with a few half-baked ideas this morning (they will probably be back soon, but hopefully more fully baked). Then I noticed it was …

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Cure for Love

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us! And while it can be a time of joy for many, for some it is more bittersweet, recalling memories of past heartache. If you fall into the latter camp this year, don’t fret—we uncovered the remedy you might need in an old manuscript recipe book. “A Cure for Love” was …

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