December 8, 2010, 3:41 pm
Texas Christian University’s career-services office has unveiled a set of career-oriented resources that can be accessed right at your fingertips, on the iPhone or iPad.
“I remember sitting in the waiting room and flipping through magazines before a job interview,” said Susan Nethery, director of student-affairs marketing at Texas Christian University. “The main idea was, What if you could instead spend that time brushing up on how to answer interview questions, or even look at some questions you may want to ask your potential employer?”
The new Career App was recently added to the university’s larger smartphone app, called iTCU. The Career App is divided into six sections, ranging from tips on interviewing to even dining and business etiquette.
For example, app users can gain perspective on how to answer more than 50 of the tough but often inevitable interview…
November 24, 2010, 1:21 pm
A new laptop designed by students may not self-destruct in 30 seconds, but it can be disassembled in about that amount of time, which makes it easier to safely dispose of when it’s time to throw it out.
A group of seven graduate students, from Stanford University and Finland’s Aalto University, created a prototype of a recyclable laptop as a project for a corporate-sponsored mechanical-engineering class.
The invention, called the Bloom laptop, is made mostly of materials that can be recycled alongside ordinary household items, like metal, plastic, and glass. Materials like LCD screens and circuit boards, which need to be sent to specialized recycling facilities, can be easily separated in a few steps.
“I think where the group really nailed it on the head is where they tried to understand how to modify…
November 18, 2010, 2:57 pm
The Dead Sea Scrolls cyberbully is being sent to jail. A judge in New York State’s main trial court sentenced Raphael Golb, a lawyer, to six months in prison for using false online identities to harass and discredit academics in a debate over the origin of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Associated Press reported.
At his trial in September, Mr. Golb was found guilty of 30 criminal charges, including identify theft, forgery, and aggravated harassment. He also was sentenced to five years’ probation, during which he cannot enter any online discussion about the Dead Sea Scrolls using a name other than his own or “anonymous.” And he has been disbarred.
Mr. Golb, who is the son of Norman Golb, a prominent Dead Sea Scrolls scholar at the University of Chicago, plans to appeal. During the past several years, according to court documents, Raphael Golb used several Internet aliases to claim that a…
November 17, 2010, 5:26 pm
Students often create multimedia projects for classes that blend in clips from YouTube videos or hit songs, and many want to post their creations online for a wider audience. But does that violate copyright law?
It might, and many students fail to understand the legal risks. A new study, titled “Copying Right and Copying Wrong With Web 2.0 Tools in the Teacher Education and Communications Classrooms,” attempts to educate students about both the appropriate and inappropriate ways to use copyrighted materials that are available to mass audiences on the Internet.
“There’s definitely a low-level crisis in copyright education now,” said J. Patrick McGrail, an assistant professor of communication at Jacksonville State University and one of the co-authors of the study. “We’re living in a world where most students regularly appropriate material they see in the music and movies into…
November 10, 2010, 5:44 pm
Colleges are working to make their data centers “greener,” though power use by the facilities has dropped only slightly compared with last year, according to a new survey by CDW Government Inc.
Out of 152 college tech leaders surveyed by the technology company, 74 percent said their institutions are developing programs to routinely monitor and reduce the amount of energy consumed by their data centers. The previous year, only about half that number— 36 percent—responded in the same way.
The efforts appear to be making at least a small impact: Sixty-one percent of those surveyed reported cutting their energy expenses by at least 1 percent in the past year. That’s up 7 percent over 2009.
Oscar Ramos, executive director of technology services for the Lone Star College system, recently gave a talk about greening IT facilities at the annual conference of Educause, the…
November 9, 2010, 5:26 pm
Despite the wealth of information available on the Internet, a recent study suggests that many students lack basic research skills.
According to the latest Project Information Literacy Progress Report, 84 percent of students say that when it comes to course-based research, getting started is their biggest challenge. The three sources cited most often by students were course readings, search engines like Google, and scholarly research databases. Only 30 percent asked a librarian for research help. The online survey polled 8,353 students from 25 college campuses nationwide.
Alison J. Head, a co-principal investigator for the project, said the results suggest that today’s students struggle with a feeling of information overload.
“They feel overwhelmed, and they’re developing a strategy for not drowning in all information out there,” she said. “They’re basically taking…
November 5, 2010, 5:06 pm
Women in science and technology doctoral-degree programs are more likely to drop out than are their male counterparts: Unfavorable workplace climates and discrimination are leading reasons. Arizona State University, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, is the latest university to attempt to combat this problem with a novel approach, featured on its new CareerWISE Web site.
Bianca L. Bernstein, the project’s principal investigator, says the site offers women examples of resilience: ways to rebound from the discouragement of situations in which they feel they are belittled and treated as outsiders. She says this is a different approach from other Internet-based materials for women academics. “There have been a lot of resources out there, but we felt a lot of them are not helpful because they either provide a lot of statistics and reports or tell a lot of war stories,…
November 3, 2010, 5:21 pm
Wikipedia, the user-written encyclopedia, has a shortage of public-policy articles, so it is getting help from nine universities to solve the problem. The Public Policy Initiative of the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit group that operates the online reference work, is running a pilot program during the 2010-11 academic year, asking public-policy professors to require active student participation on the site as a part of their courses.
Professors at these institutions have already heeded the call for help: Georgetown University, George Mason University, George Washington University, Harvard University, Indiana University at Bloomington, Lehigh University, Syracuse University, University of California at Berkeley and Hofstra University.
These professors teach 11 relevant courses, and their students will write and contribute new public-policy articles to Wikipedia, as well as edit…