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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Steve Pinker and Joe Rogan

I’ve just started watching this so I can’t give you an evaluation of the whole conversation. Looks promising — they jump right in on topics like sex differences, political correctness, internet flame wars, the Trump candidacy, social media, … (I’m skipping the Super Bowl, by the way. I stopped watching the NFL and NBA years …

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A Compass for the Future

Michigan State University (MSU) is making national and international news. And it’s not for its prowess on athletic fields or courts. In fact, as I’m sure everyone reading this is aware, it is for the tragedy of sexual abuse that went on for years without being stopped. The president is gone, the gymnastics coach is …

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A Transformative Moment

While I have been retired from Michigan State University for three years, I spent 30 years of my life walking the campus, teaching classes, helping students and faculty uncover information they sought, active in faculty governance and founding and directing sustainability operations. It is no small part of my life. So it is not without …

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Michalyn Steele on Congressional Powers and Sovereignty in Indian Affairs

Michalyn Steele has posted “Congressional Power and Sovereignty in Indian Affairs” on SSRN. The paper is forthcoming in the Utah Law Review. Here is the abstract: The doctrine of inherent tribal sovereignty — that tribes retain aboriginal sovereign governing power over people and territory — is under perpetual assault. Despite two centuries of precedential foundation, the …

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New publication: Strategies, Use, and Impact of Social Media for Supporting Teacher Community within Professional Development: The Case of One Urban STEM Program

Just over a month ago, an article by Josh Rosenberg, me, Leigh Graves Wolf, and Matt Koehler appeared in the Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching. This is—perhaps obviously—a continuation of some of our previous work on Twitter hashtags in graduate education, but this piece took a particular look at social media use, …

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