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Robert Talbert
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Attended Dickson County High School
Lives in Allendale, MI
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Had to share another #ChrisSquire  / Yes rarity -- an instrumental demo of "Parallels" which would end up on the Going for the One album. It's weird to see Squire playing a Fender Precision instead of his trademark Rickenbacker, but HOLY COW that sound he gets, and what a groove he is locked into. 
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Interview with GVSU's library director about our amazing library and a conference that is springing up around it. 
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Happy Fathers Day to me, thanks to my awesome wife and kids. This replaces my beloved Weber Genesis Silver C that finally had to be put out to pasture. There is currently a pork tenderloin slowly cooking inside it. 
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New at CO9s: The situation with Tim Hunt and his fall from academic grace has been on my mind lately. 
I believe most people have heard about Nobel-prize winning scientist Tim Hunt and his, shall we say, steep career dropoff after firing off some highly sexist...
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+Ondřej Čertík I think the Mozilla CEO situation is appalling. This was a situation where a person was purged from a company for expressing political speech, pure and simple. The argument at the time was that the guy, as a CEO, is the public face of the company (same language I used in my post) and such people can't be seen supporting such causes. Mozilla is a private corporation and can do what it wants with its employees, I guess, but it certainly has a chilling effect on diversity in the workplace when your employer is literally firing people for the private donations they make. It makes me wonder, as a conservative pro-life Catholic, if one of these days I'll get fired because my views on certain subjects don't match the narrative that my employer (a state-funded public university) wants to project. That's not the kind of environment you want to have in a university or anywhere else. 

EDIT: To clarify, GVSU has never once inquired about my political or religious views, and I don't go around at work projecting them, so I feel my employer  really models well the ideas of tolerance and diversity for all. It would take a major shift in the institution to cause that to change, but I don't say it could never happen. 
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New at CO9s: The final CO9s post of the +Chronicle of Higher Education era.

TL;DR: The Chronicle is closing down the blog network at the end of the summer, so CO9s is moving to a new location: http://rtalbert.org/blog where I'll continue to blog in support of some larger-scale writing projects, which include regular contributions to +Wired Campus and a book on flipped learning coming in 2016. 

Thanks to all of you who have read and commented. Meet me over at the new site for the first post. 
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Read the novel The Martian when it came out a couple of years ago and loved it. I'm hyped that it's coming to the big screen, and it looks like it's sticking close to the spirit of the book. 
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Just heard the sad news that Chris Squire, bassist for the band YES, has died, from leukemia. I was the world's biggest YES fan in high school and college -- it was more like an obsession. I even got to meet Squire once, after a show on the 1994 tour in Nashville, and he was super gracious and friendly. Here's one of his best studio performances IMO from one of the band's most underrated albums. I spent many hours as a bass player trying to learn that riff. Enjoy and RIP Chris. 
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Ohhhhh, +Robert Talbert , that is sad news. I had not heard... Yes and Genesis were the bands of my youth. It's hard to imagine connecting with music as powerfully now as I did back then, a rebellious tween in 1970s Tucson.
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The two sides of the "do not disturb" sign in the hotel rooms here at the University of Texas on-campus conference center. #ibl  
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Interesting article -- I should forward it be email to all my friends!
By John PavlusIt wasn't until I heard that a colleague had nuked his personal email account—on purpose, for good—that it hit me: Email is t
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Do you know about the marvelous +Luis Suarez ...? 
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Here's my morning reading, hot off the "press". Would be well worth your time to read this for yourself and not listen to the news, which rarely gets it right when reporting on what the Pope says. 
Read Pope Francis' new encyclical online, in PDF, or in paperback form. Discover the Catholic Church's teaching on ecology, climate change, and care for creation.
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Had fun in downtown Grand Rapids yesterday with the kiddos, visiting the GR Public Museum and running around the downtown GVSU campus. The 11yo was divebombed repeatedly by a nesting redwing blackbird shortly after this photo was taken which was another kind of fun. 
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I think Shelly Irwin of WGVU named him Joe.  Joe the RWBB has almost gotten me a couple times walking past the engineering building.
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This will be very interesting if they manage to pull it off. If they turn it into some kind of action-adventure flick then it will be the worst movie ever.
 
Two of the dudes behind The Hangover​ are going to try to take on one of the most complex science fiction novels out there.
The actor reteams with director Todd Phillips for a cosmic 'Canterbury Tales'
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Education
  • Dickson County High School
    1985 - 1988
  • Tennessee Technological University
    Mathematics, 1988 - 1992
  • Vanderbilt University
    Mathematics, 1992 - 1997
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Mathematics, technology, education, family, faith, music, enjoying life.
Introduction
I'm a professor in the Mathematics Department at Grand Valley State University in Allendale/Grand Rapids, Michigan. I teach courses for mathematics majors, preservice mathematics instructors, engineers, and computer scientists. I'm also the department tech guy. Prior to coming here in 2011, I was at Franklin College in Indiana from 2001--2011 and at Bethel College in Indiana from 1997--2001. 

I received my PhD in mathematics from Vanderbilt University in 1997 in the areas of algebraic topology and homological algebra. My advisor was Efstratios Prassidis. My dissertation dealt with algebraic equivalences between two different kinds of homology theories. These days, my interests lie in algebra, cryptography, mathematics education, and engineering education. I'm especially interested in educational technology and how technology can support active learning environments in the university classroom. 

I live in Allendale with my wife, three kids (ages 3, 6, and 8) and our cat. We're Christians of the Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod persuasion. We're living the good life, with the beautiful beaches along Lake Michigan just 15 minutes west and a vibrant small city 15 minutes east, and a very cool job at one of the best public universities in the country in the middle. 
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Dad of three awesome kids. Husband to one awesome wife. Was an extra in "Ernest Goes to Camp".
Work
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Mathematics professor
Employment
  • Grand Valley State University
    Associate Professor of Mathematics, 2011 - present
  • Franklin College
    Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computing Science, 2001 - 2011
  • Bethel College
    Assistant Professor of Mathematics, 1997 - 2001
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Allendale, MI
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Hudsonville, MI - White Bluff, TN USA - Bargersville, IN USA - Nashville, TN - South Bend, IN - Cookeville, TN - Whiteland, IN
I've eaten here twice, once with a group from work and once with my family. Service each time was a bit on the slow side but friendly, at least. Food on the first visit was pretty good -- I had the turkey pita which was very tasty, but the wait staff forgot the side of chipotle mayo that was supposed to come with it. On the second visit I had the southwest chicken wrap which was bland and dry; my wife had the fajita wrap which had the opposite problem, so much liquid in the fajita that it was almost impossible to eat without sliming yourself. Overall I wasn't impressed with the food. I'd like to like Main St. Pub more, since I live and work in Allendale and it's one of the few nice sit-down places we have here, but they just really need to step up their game. This place could seriously benefit from a little competition. Put in a Chili's or a Friday's next door to this place and you'll have basically the same kind of dining experience but with better food.
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Best pizza in Hudsonville/Jenison area. I'm partial to the Hawaiian pizza, which has a delicious mix of sweet/salty in the ham and pineapple. My wife likes the deluxe. My kids could live off the breadsticks. Overall outstanding food at a decent price with good service.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
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