If you're in Maine, vote NO on 1. This is the law that attempts to repeal civil rights from gay couples.
If you're in Washington state, vote YES on 71. This is a vote to preserve a law that gives legal protection to gay couples.
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More species than ever before are facing extinction, according to the latest IUCN Red List. See some of the most endangered
Laura Bonetta wrote an excellent article for the science journal Cell recently in which she quoted various science types who use Twitter on the subject of whether or not scientists should be tweeting. It’s a topic I’ve discussed more generally regarding scientists’ use of social media and online networking communities.Anyway, she asked my opinion on [...]
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Mobile computing in the cloud can have its pitfalls. For instance, what if you permanently lost all your addresses, calendar entries, e-mails, phone numbers, etc.? Undoubtedly, you would not be too happy about it, as a recent Business Week article relates. One obvious solution is backing up your dat
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Engineering leadership education is emerging as a topic in engineering institutions worldwide. But the review of international “best practices” in engineering leadership education says a lack of resources, expertise, and formal networks in the nascent field is causing concern in a profession threatened by a diminishing focus on the notion of the “engineer-as-doer.”
Commissioned by the Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program, the new white paper, Engineering Leadership Education: A Snapshot? Review? of International Good? Practice, reveals that the vast majority of engineering leadership education programs are based within the U.S. and most are relatively new (developed in the last five years). The white paper highlights the distinct divide between the U.S. and the rest of the world in both attitude and approach to engineering leadership education.
“As a sub-discipline, engineering leadership education is not yet on the radar of most engineering education experts outside the U.S.,” said Dr. Edward Crawley, Director of the Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program. “Certainly for many of the programs outside the U.S., there’s some discomfort with the notion of ?leadership education?, as they feel this concept runs counter to their educational culture of inclusiveness and equality.?
The report was conducted by Dr. Ruth Graham in a series of interviews between September 2008 and March 2009. Dr. Graham investigated more than 40 programs, seeking to provide an insight into current practice, highlight international variations in approach, and identify examples of good practice.
One major ?current ?trend? in ?engineering? leadership ?education? is ?the ?development ?of? the ?students?? global ?awareness? and? their ?ability ?to ?work ?on ?complex?cross?national? projects? ? ?which? is? seen ?by many? as? the ?environment? within ?which? the? engineering ?leader? of ?the ?future ?will ?need ?to ?operate. ?
Many? of ?the ?programs ?which ?were ?most ?highly ?rated ?by ?interviewees ?incorporate ?some? global? elements ?either ?through ?international ?travel, ?remote? link?ups? with? overseas? universities/companies ?or ?project? briefs? involving ?an? international ?or? cross?cultural? context.? ?The trend ?towards? a ?more? ‘global’ ?view? of ?leadership ?education? was ?seen ?by ?many ?of ?the? interviewees? as? one? that ?would? continue.?
Launched through a $20 million gift by The Bernard M. Gordon Foundation, the Bernard M. Gordon ? MIT Engineering Leadership Program is a new educational initiative at MIT whose goal is to help MIT’s undergraduate engineering students develop the skills, tools, and character they will need as future leaders in the world of engineering practice.
Related: Educating Engineers for 2020 and Beyond – Global Engineering Education Study – USA Losing Scientists and Engineers Educated in the USA – International Engineering Education Data: USA, China, India – House Testimony on Engineering Education
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Bill Bailey gives Rosie O'Donnell (and mothers like her) some advice: "Nuke every country that hasn't sent us a Christmas card in the last 20? years."
UPDATE – NOV 5: Still working through the almost 650 members of the list, but now up to the P’s.Pressure was on from lots of science tweeps for to categorise my scientwist list…so I’ve made a start.The spillover (lots of tweeps in the T to Z group from the TweepML.org version of my scientwist list [...]
Okay. Okay. Pressure was on to categorise my scientwist list…so I’ve made a start.First off, the spillover (lots of tweeps in the T to Z group from the TweepML.org version of my scientwist list, which has 650 members of thereabouts) have now each been given a category as I cannot squeeze them into the 500 [...]
Climate change skepticism seems to be growing, at least online. In the mainstream media, the so-called “debate” seems to be finally disappearing and global warming is now taken as truth by the media, but they still don’t talk about it enough. It gets a mere mention now and then.
George Monbiot, a well-known writer and activist in the UK, wrote an article recently that puts out a theory as to why climate change skepticism seems to [...]
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