Monthly Archives: September 2013

My late ORI Post: “Revocation of 3 German Politicians’ Ph.Ds For Plagiarism”

Back in 2010 Germany was faced with a big scandal about plagiarism: three politicians were caught plagiarizing, had their PhD revoked and left their jobs subsequently. All three finished their PhDs in the late 80s/ early to mid 90s – … Continue reading

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Plagiarism tools – Questions

Has anyone ever tried out any of these tools from the ORI website? http://ori.dhhs.gov/plagiarism-tools   Are they any good? I have never tried them and would like to have some feedback. Are they used by professors? Or how do professors … Continue reading

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Rather boring “Ethic Statement” for the Crop and Soil Department

I could not find a specific professional code of conduct or ethics statement, but the website has an “our values” statement. (an ethic statement must exist since someone in class talked about it for the Soils Department, but I couldn’t … Continue reading

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Huh? I didn’t even know that that was in the works: “Duke University’s China campus to open in 2014”

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/09/16/3201826/duke-universitys-chinese-campus.html#storylink=cpy   I am trying to figure out what my opinion is on that. Why would we want to build a campus on a different continent? Is this supposed to be for Americans going for a study … Continue reading

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How would you react – as a returning student or as teacher of the returning students?

How would you react – as a returning student or as teacher of the returning students?   “Students Accused of Cheating Return Awkwardly to a Changed Harvard” (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/17/education/students-accused-of-cheating-return-awkwardly-to-a-changed-harvard.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0&ref=education)   I don’t think I would have the guts to come back … Continue reading

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Has electronic communication and social media lessened our civility with each other? INFO SESSION

In case you haven’t heard about it and might find it interesting:   “Has electronic communication and social media lessened our civility with each other? Come join us for a lively discussion about the many ways the presence or absence … Continue reading

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“Smartphones, Tablets, and Tech: Innovative Ways to Connect Kids to Nature” Info session

There is a nice webinar coming about http://online.nwf.org/site/Calendar/232700788?view=Detail&id=107281   NWF and NRPA: Technology and Nature Webinar Webinar “Do you think that technology helps or hinders kids’ experience of nature?  Some firmly believe that a reliance on technology just gets in … Continue reading

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General Ed

Last class – two of the take home messages for me were that “most high school students at 18 don’t know what they want to become” and that “18 year olds need to go to college first to figure out … Continue reading

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Future for scientists?

I am not sure yet if I want to become a teacher or try to go the tenure ship route to become a full professor. If I chose the latter, I will one day have undergrads to teach about science … Continue reading

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The mystery of the Americans desire to be cold

Now that we have survived our first two lectures, I was thinking about blogging and what to blog about.  And I tried to remember back to yesterday (not an easy task) and the week before (even harder) and the most … Continue reading

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