Going Viral With Your Scholarship

In a way, it all began with this picture. I was attending my first Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) conference in Ann Arbor to talk about digital scholarship and I didn’t know many people. I was committed to living out my fundamental commitment to use digital modes of communication to cultivate an academic community …

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A Book of Cyphers, or Letters Revers

A Book of Cyphers, or Letters Reverst (1683)Our somewhat damaged copy of this 17th century work on cyphers or monograms features wonderful hand-coloring throughout. Some of the colors have faded with age, but this artistic personal touch still adds a layer of beauty to this fascinating little book.     Tweet

Independent Streams (Week of May 9th)

Our weekly round-up of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems: Obama’s Trip to Poisoned Flint Spotlights Economic Inequality (link is external). Following President Obama’s visit to Flint on May 4th, State of the State Survey results are cited in the event’s coverage. When is $500 million worth nothing? (link is external)  The Detroit Free Press …

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Mansplaining Egg Prices

Hanging out with Jane Bush the other day, she mentioned the dramatic decline in the wholesale price of eggs. Here, I must note a disconnect because since Diane and I buy all of our eggs directly from Jane, I haven’t been paying a lot of attention to the retail price of eggs. As such, I …

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War on the Common Core Continues

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. If a group of Michigan legislators have their way, Michigan’s adoption of common standards will end. Senate Bill 826, which was referred to the Michigan Senate by the Senate Education Committee on April 26, and House Bill 5444 would both repeal the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as well as …

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Accessing R Objects By Name

At a recent R user group meeting, the discussion at one point focused on two of the possibly lesser known (or lesser appreciated?) functions in the base package: get and assign. The former takes a string argument and fetches the object whose name is contained in the string. The latter does the opposite, assigning an …

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CAP at Munsell!

This past Monday CAP had the opportunity to tour the Munsell facility. A few months ago we realized that Munsell headquarters were a mere hour drive from campus. Katy reached out to their organization, and shortly after our tour was on the books! To say that the CAP fellows and Dr. Goldstein were excited is …

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#OLCInnovate 2016

Oy, it’s the end of the semester and time is flying! Two weeks ago I attended my first OLC conference – OLC Innovate in New Orleans. It was a fantastic experience.  We had quite a few MSU faculty, staff & graduate students in attendance and it was a rare opportunity to hang out with colleagues …

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AfD Party Meeting in Stuttgart

AfD Party Meeting in Stuttgart Last weekend, the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD/Alternative for Germany) party met in Stuttgart for their first national party meeting. This meeting was the focus of much attention for several reasons. First, the AfD is a new party, so what they decide at this meeting will shape both the party platform …

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Homo Sapiens 2.0? (Jamie Metzl, TechCrunch)

Jamie Metzl writes in TechCrunch. Homo Sapiens 2.0? We need a species-wide conversation about the future of human genetic enhancement: After 4 billion years of evolution by one set of rules, our species is about to begin evolving by another. Overlapping and mutually reinforcing revolutions in genetics, information technology, artificial intelligence, big data analytics, and …

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Independent Streams (Week of May 2nd)

Our weekly round-up of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems: On-the-job deaths in agriculture rise (link is external). An annual Michigan State University report revealed this week that reveals a decline in on-the-job deaths for the year, but an increase in fatalities related to the use of tractors. Community, multi-university campus partnership to address public health …

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May Day

I wake up and sit by the gas fire with a book. Eventually I go into the kitchen hoping that the oatmeal Diane cooked still has enough heat left in it to melt a pat of butter in the bottom of my bowl. I’ll eventually add a little bit of sugar and some milk. It’s …

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