Mary Paz Alvarez Valverde

Shift in Administration from Teaching

In recent university existence there seems to be a shift in hiring. Universities have been focusing on hiring administrators over professors and have been focusing on the business aspect of the university system. When analyzing recent hires for the university there has been an increase in the amount hiring done for administrators while the amountContinue reading “Shift in Administration from Teaching”

How to Save Higher Education

Higher education to many of us is essential, its no longer an option but is now a base line requirement for any successful career. Minimum wages are stagnant, Americans are not having their wages reflecting the increase in living expenses. Keeping this in mind, the fact that higher education has only gone up and upContinue reading “How to Save Higher Education”

Inequality in Pandemic Responses

Corona virus is the topic. It’s been the topic every single day from when it exploded in November of last year in China and became even more talked about once it hit the U.S. in March. Schools going online is the only reasonable response to the virus – holding classes in person puts students andContinue reading “Inequality in Pandemic Responses”

Inequality in Pandemic Responses

Corona virus is the topic. It’s been the topic every single day from when it exploded in November of last year in China and became even more talked about once it hit the U.S. in March. Schools going online is the only reasonable response to the virus – holding classes in person puts students andContinue reading “Inequality in Pandemic Responses”

Online Classrooms and Professor’s Thoughts

Being in an age old field such as wood science, there isn’t too much to going on in terms of technology. With these types of times there has been an enormous shift in the amount of technology being implemented into courses and higher education. Whether it be zoom, using online textbooks, or utilizing simple screenContinue reading “Online Classrooms and Professor’s Thoughts”

Diversity Discussions in Higher Education

Diversity discussions have never been more present than now when there are movements such as black lives matter dominating our social media and is all over the news. The movement is incredibly important in that it’s not only bringing a variety of issues to the common individual but it is also sparking conversations within theContinue reading “Diversity Discussions in Higher Education”

Do Panhellenic Organizations Still Have a Place in Higher Education?

The short answer; no. The longer answer is that these organizations have expired in their actual contribution to a healthy university. These organizations are founded in being exclusive, lacking diversity, and being almost cruel to the individuals who try and join them. There have been multiple situations in which young men have died while tryingContinue reading “Do Panhellenic Organizations Still Have a Place in Higher Education?”

Corona Virus University Responses

With the current pandemic there has hardly been a time where academia has been forced to change so quickly. With most classes being moved online and universities not knowing when to open or close; its been a confusing time. In my opinion, the way Virginia Tech handled reopening was not appropriate in that they areContinue reading “Corona Virus University Responses”

Open Access Forestry Journal

The open access journal I chose was https://www.mdpi.com/journal/forests The larger organization MDPI was created in 1996 and was founded in Basel, Switzerland. The organization has multiple topics that fall under their umbrella. It includes multiple topics in STEM such as chemistry and other topics like energy. The journal is supported by the UN but theContinue reading “Open Access Forestry Journal”

Ethics Case Commentary

The case that I chose was https://ori.hhs.gov/content/case-summary-fulford-logan that revolved around a medical research graduate student that falsified and re-labelled certain graphics in their published paper. The reason that this student was unethical was because they falsified information that they published and, in my opinion, what makes it worse is that this student was working inContinue reading “Ethics Case Commentary”