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*Researchers just proved that... *

Jamie Abaied was my research methods TA at the University of Illinois-UC when I taught there.  She is now a professor at the University of Vermont.

In this blog post, she discusses her experiences with the media reporting of her research findings.

http://www.jamieabaied.com/blog/2016/5/19/my-adventures-in-media-mis-representations-of-my-scientific-research
On his show Last Week Tonight, John Oliver recently presented a segment on misrepresentations of scientific research in media. If you haven’t seen it, you can watch it here: The segment (which is hilarious) does an impressive job of explaining not only the problematic media coverage of scientific studies, but also the underlying conditions that help explain why this problem exists in the first place. Scientists such as mysel...
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sharing. Thank you for posting. Great article.
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Scientific Studies

I wish this were out about three weeks ago when I was talking about this set of very important topics with the students in my Research Methods course. 

Here, my nerd crush John Oliver talks about some of the exciting elements of the scientific (and scientific reporting) process:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Rnq1NpHdmw

a now post doc who used to help with a teaching seminar shared this on another social (thanks Brian)
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And for my teaching buddies and other interested folks: +Carrie Canup  shared this related piece:
http://arstechnica.com/staff/2016/05/the-problems-with-science-journalism-dont-start-with-journalists/
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Minnesota Politics at its finest.

One of my favorite former students Representative Peggy Flanagan sings Purple Rain as an homage to the late Prince of Minnesota:

http://www.kare11.com/entertainment/television/programs/breaking-the-news/minnesota-lawmakers-honor-prince/153006173

a bipartisan tribute of red and blue honoring the Purple
ST. PAUL, Minn. - It's been five days that the city, the state, the nation, the world has been mourning the loss of Prince Rogers Nelson.
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Still grading, but I did take a short break to make some double chocolate hazelnut biscotti/ Mandelbrot

or, as I told my MIL, Schokoladehasselnussbrot  :-)

Developmental Psychology is on my mind (and Prince music is on my radio), so I'll share:

http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/publications/observer/2016/april-16/transcending-traditional-boundaries-to-create-edible-science.html

I guess I shoulda known
By the way you parked your car
sidewaaayz...

not sharin' the biscotti, though ;-)
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Video Game Addiction

My old grad school buddy +Douglas Gentile  talks about video game addition:
http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/06/health/video-games-addiction-gentile-feat/

Before my current job, I used to love teaching a wonderful class in Adolescent Development.  The students in the class were so thoughtful and insightful, and they would have had a lot to say about this. 

This would be another great video for a child psych class or a class in adolescent development or even a way to spark discussion with teens.
More of us are playing video games than ever before -- but can they actually be addictive? One U.S. expert has no doubts.
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The Sound of...

Well, what do you hear?
Nothing but the rain

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via +George Station 
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I was never a fan of the trite saying, "practice makes perfect."

 Perfect is, as King points out, no fun.  It's not very likely, either.

A good read.  Thanks to +Laura Gibbs 

  (That said,  I always preferred practice makes permanent :-) )
 
A new post for my writing help blog:
Practice will never make you perfect. Why should it? What fun would that be? — Stephen King

http://writingwithaesop.blogspot.com/2016/05/practice-writing.html
From Stephen King's book, On Writing: As with all other aspects of the narrative art, you will improve with practice, but practice will never make you perfect. Why should it? What fun would that be? Practice the art, always r...
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I also like "practice makes permanent" :-)
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Yes!  This (to all of my students past, present, and future :-) )

with a shout out to +George Station  for sharing this !
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+Mike L.  we like big books and we cannot lie...
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Spider Bots

Moving spider bots that can function as Star Trek-esque replicators.  Awesome!
http://www.gizmag.com/siemens-3d-printing-spider-robots/42957/
A research team working in the Siemens Robotic Labs at Princeton, New Jersey, has developed what are essentially autonomous 3D printers with legs, which could work together to manufacture complex structures such hulls of ships or the fuselage of an airplane.
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Grading a massive quantity of student papers, so I've not been plus-ing lately.  During a brief break, I see this and it tempts me to work hard to grade so that I can make something like it as a reward for completing the work.

Hey, we all need our carrots (or, Oreo Cheesecake Donuts) to motive us :-)
Easy doughnuts stuffed with cheesecake mixture and topped with sweet glaze and crushed Oreo cookies. Morning treat you will not want to miss!
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Toy
just child's play :-)

This is an interesting read that would spark some great discussion in a developmental psychology class:
http://www.achilleseffect.com/2016/04/fisher-price-then-now-shift-from-unisex-to-gendered-toys/
Contrasting Fisher-Price toys and marketing from the 1970s and today: there is a clear shift from unisex to more gendered toys & toy marketing.
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The thing that kills me the most is that some toys are left out because of this. For example, Black Widow was left of of the Age of Ultron toys because someone deemed the movie for boys and that they wouldn't want to play with her. Plus, by that logic, girls shouldn't like this movie (or anything comic book related).

This coming from a father of 3 girls. 😡
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I have been assigned to teach an online class.  Most of my role models for awesome teachers have been those with whom I have interacted in the classroom.

and so...

Saving for later...

Every post secondary instructor has had those teachers
whose memory they honor, and that form the models
for how they teach
 
I would so much like to be one of these teachers that +A. Michael Berman describes here!
quote In ten or twenty years it will be a lot different. We will have faculty who will remember that online instructor in high school or college, the one that really cared. The one they chatted with about their deepest fears and hopes, the one that believed in them when no one else did. And those teachers will not find it odd in the least to become online teachers – it will be a natural progression. But until we get there we will have to help give our instructors great online experiences and models if we expect them to be effective at teaching our students.



http://tlinnovations.cikeys.com/uncategorized/becoming-the-teacher-you-really-want-to-be-online/

Most people think they know what it takes to be a good teacher; in particular, most college instructors think they know how to do it and feel confident that they’re pretty good at it. Except …
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For me, just the opposite. I can reach very student online. In the classroom, no such luck... and that was assuming people even came to class! I teach Gen. Ed. ... often at the very bottom of people's to-do list. Luckily, online I can try to make it much more engaging, based on individual interests. The Internet has something for everyone. :-)
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