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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Sunspots 552

Things I have recently spotted that may be of interest to someone else:

Christianity: Some interesting research on church attendance during the Christmas season, from Christianity Today.

Education: Adjunct professors don't get paid much, and may have to teach at more than one institution, to get enough to live on, according to an NPR report.

From Global Citizen Foundation: "50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About."

Food: NPR reports on how the food industry has been manipulating us, and not for our good.

Health: An article about the most common receiving blanket (for newborn babies).

NPR reports that surgeons had a saxophonist playing his instrument during brain surgery, and why.

Politics: (and Christianity) Michael Gerson, of the Washington Post, on how un-evangelical Donald Trump is.

Science: Wired reports that you have tiny mites on your face. So do I. Scientists can trace the connections between racial groups by studying these mites.


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FancyHorse said...

Several interesting articles. My sons and my grandchildren has those baby blankets!

I sincerely hope Trump doesnt' win the Republican nomination. I may vote Democrat, or not vote at all.

Martin LaBar said...

Thank you.

I can't imagine any circumstance that would persuade me to vote for Mr. Trump.

Ted LaBar said...

When I became a department chair at a rural public university in Tennessee I was appalled to learn that adjuncts were paid $600 per credit. So, for a standard 3-credit course they made just $1,800. No one who wasn't local could afford to work for that. And the rate had not been raised in more than 20 years! The business office and academic affairs got upset when I wanted to pay them more per credit, or for mileage. I could do so only if I took it out of my small operating budget. The rate was still unchanged when I retired 6 years later.

Martin LaBar said...

And it's probably still unchanged. Using "part-timers" (some of them actually full-time, but not paid full-time) can be exploitation, for sure.

Thanks for trying.