Varieties of Time Travel

My kids have been reading lots of books over the break, including an adventure series that involves time travel. Knowing vaguely that dad is a theoretical physicist, they asked me how time travel works. 1. Can one change history by influencing past events? OR 2. Is there only one timeline that cannot be altered, even …

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Mint Upgrade Woes

As I mentioned a couple of months ago, I upgraded a laptop from Linux Mint 17.3 (“Rebecca”) to 18.0 (“Sarah”) with minimal difficulties. My laptop serves as a guinea pig for these things. Once I’m sure things work fine on the laptop, I’ll consider upgrading my desktop as well. A few days ago I finally …

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Time and Memory

Over the holiday I started digging through my mom’s old albums and boxes of photos. I found some pictures I didn’t know existed! Richard Feynman and the 19 year old me at my Caltech graduation: With my mom that morning — hung-over, but very happy! I think those are some crazy old school Ray Bans …

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Independent Streams (Week of December 19)

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems Great Lakes Greatly Stressed (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Eric Freedman pens article on threats to the Great Lakes, near and far away. State Taps Unemployment Insurance Fund To Balance Books (link is external) MPLP Alumni and House Minority Leader Tim Greimel criticized a recent …

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Toward A Geometry of Thought

Apologies for the blogging hiatus — I’m in California now for the holidays :-) In case you are looking for something interesting to read, I can share what I have been thinking about lately. In Thought vectors and the dimensionality of the space of concepts (a post from last week) I discussed the dimensionality of the space of …

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Secretary DeVos and Title I Portability: A Renewed Push for Federally-Funded School Choice?

  New Education Secretary: What Policy?                                                                                                In all likelihood, Betsy DeVos will soon become Secretary of Education. As an earlier Green & Write post has pointed out, DeVos is best known as a very rich, very well-connected champion of school choice and publically-funded vouchers. Remarkably influential in Michigan politics, she has provoked criticism, and garnered support, …

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2016 (on two wheels)

2016 (on two wheels) was a good year with some challenging points too. Here were some rides silly, challenging, and otherwise memorable: This was one of the most strange rides ever. Katie and I decided to head to St. John’s. It doesn’t look too far (from where we are in Lansing), and it’s not, but …

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Social-Emotional Learning: States Consider New Accountability Indicator

In December 2015, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), bringing changes to accountability requirements for state systems. While many of the accountability provisions were consistent with the flexibility permitted via ESEA waivers, one noteworthy addition was the explicit requirement to include a non-academic indicator of …

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Matt Townsend Show (Sirius XM)

I was on this show last week. Click the link for audio. We Are Nowhere Close to the Limits of Athletic Performance (16:46) Dr. Stephen Hsu is the vice president for research and a professor of theoretical physics at Michigan State University. His interest range from theoretical physics and cosmology to computer science and biology. …

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2016 BIA ICWA Guidelines Released

Here are the 2016 Guidelines. For those keeping track at home February 2015, Updated Guidelines replacing the 1979 Guidelines (No Longer in Effect) June 2016, Federal Regulations released (Became Binding on December 12) December 2016, Updated Guidelines replacing the February 2015 Guidelines What this means: 25 USC 1901 et seq (ICWA) has not changed in …

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Are Teacher Preparation Programs the Smartest Investment We Can Make?

Elementary teacher preparation programs have made recent gains in reading instruction but still struggle with math and classroom management. Photo courtesy of Ilmicrofono Oggiono. Undergraduate elementary teacher programs have made progress recently, but still have room for improvement according to a recent report released by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). NCTQ examined 875 …

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Time to Break Silence

  Well I haven’t exactly been silent in recent years, but I think the circumstances we are in call for being unafraid to stand up to forces that are dragging us toward our collective demise, but also to offer alternatives that redirect us towards a more just and peaceful future. It will be 50 years …

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International College Ranking Metrics

Over the past decade, an interesting phenomenon emerging from the marriage of big data analytics with social media and online platforms is the widespread availability of online reviews and rankings. Consumers now have a plethora of information to consult when buying cars or choosing economically competitive hotels or finding new employment opportunities. What is the …

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Independent Streams (Week of December 5)

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems Long-Haul Charters (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Joshua Cowen discusses charter school performance. Michigan Court Upholds Penalty For Filling Wetland (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Eric Freedman pens article on disappearing wetlands in Michigan. New Study Shows A Much Darker Side To Detroit’s Vaunted Comeback …

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Medicare needs you

Before there was Medicare, most older Americans did not have any or had insufficient health insurance coverage.   The marketplace didn’t (and doesn’t) work when it comes to health insurance.  This is especially true for older adults who, on average, have more medical bills than younger people. And because of that, they are unattractive to private …

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Can Life emerge spontaneously?

It would be nice if we knew where we came from. Sure, Darwin’s insight that we are the product of an ongoing process that creates new and meaningful solutions to surviving in complex and unpredictable environments is great and all. But it requires three sine qua non ingredients: inheritance, variation, and differential selection. Three does …

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