Time for a Leap?

Time for a leap, that was the message last night from Naomi Klein as she spoke at Michigan State University. In addressing both the seeming conflicting euphoria and dismay that followed the recent Paris Climate Agreement she summarized it as: on the Euphoria side that the world had agreed to a plan to keep climate …

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Ulysses by James Joyce

We’ve probably all done this before. While out and about, perhaps while traveling or shopping, we lay a scrap of paper inside a book. Maybe it’s a receipt for the book’s purchase, or perhaps it’s a plane ticket. Whatever it is, we probably don’t give it much thought at the time. But decades later, or …

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Global Impact Initiative

MSU will be hiring over 100 new professors (beyond ordinary hiring such as retirement replacements), primarily in science and technology areas that address key global challenges. Priority areas include Computation, Advanced Engineering, Genomics, Plant Sciences, Food/Environment, Precision Medicine, and Advanced Physical Sciences. MSU total funding from the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation …

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A Living Place of Education

Tree in the Botanical Gardens at Michigan State University   The places we inhabit habituate us. The virtues they cultivate are grounded in the values they embody. In 1855, a natural opening in the oak forest of the Burr farm was selected as a fitting site for the creation of the Michigan Agricultural College (M.A.C.) …

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Ioannidis at MSU

These videos are from an interview I did with John Ioannidis when he visited Michigan State earlier this month. The whole thing (29 min) and more short clips are available here. Is 85% of NIH funding wasted? Early candidate gene studies rarely replicated, but GWAS hits do. The flyer for his talk: Tweet

Is Bigger Better

Michigan State University(MSU) has been on a growth spurt in recent years topping 50,000 students for the first time this past fall. The growth of the student body isn’t the only sign of expansion at MSU. MSU has  been operating under the planning assumption that they will continue to grow into the foreseeable future (MSU …

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Letter of resignation

Dear <chairs>, I am resigning my Assistant Professor position at Michigan State University effective January 2nd, 2015. Sincerely, CTB. Anticipated FAQ: Why? I’m moving to UC Davis. Do you have an employment contract with UC Davis?? Nope. But I’m starting there in January, anyway. Or that’s the plan. And yes, that’s how this kind of thing happen. …

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Creationist Origin Summit at Michigan State University

ORiGiN SuMMiT Michigan State University November 1st, 2014 Business College Complex, Room N130 FREE ADMISSION website  Meet the Speakers Dr. Gerald Bergman Northwest State Community College Dr. Donald DeYoung Grace College and Theological Seminary Dr. Charles Jackson Points of Origin Ministries Dr. John Sanford Cornell University Workshops Hitler’s Worldview There’s no doubt Adolph Hitler believed in …

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Thank you MSU WIC #ald14

This is my 5th year blogging for Ada Lovelace Day.  It’s a wonderful exercise in celebrating women in science, technology, engineering and maths. This year I would like to celebrate a group of women here on campus at MSU – the MSU Women in Computing (WIC) group.  They are a phenomenal group of young women …

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Lifelong tenure

Good evening, everyone. Let me add my sincere congratulations to those you’ve already heard tonight. Tenure at a great research university is a milestone in the life of a scholar. I hope you will take some time to reflect and to enjoy. In psychology there is a well-known phenomenon called the Hedonic Treadmill. Individuals who …

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Higher Ed Behind Close Doors

The Detroit Free Press has sued the University of Michigan over the closed meetings it holds regularly. Our local paper’s coverage of that story indicated that MSU is similarly culpable of this violation, claiming “Michigan State University’s Board of Trustees also regularly meets in what amounts to private sessions.” For democracy to fulfill it’s ideal, …

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