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 on: Today at 06:53:57 pm 
Started by HMS_Surprise - Last post by helpful
There will be at least two years of staged changes--this kind of thing does not happen overnight. So current students will not withdraw en masse and leave (nor will they be expected to cough up overseas fees tomorrow). But going forward, we will see reduced numbers of applicants and incoming students from the EU, for sure.

Current EU faculty (and we have many at my place) will not be thrown out, but their lives just got a lot harder, what with work permits, queues at airports etc., coming (but again, not for two years or so). Hmm, kind of like my life was when I moved here from the US--I well remember those endless queues and near-daily hassles. Many EU staff may also gradually leave, and EU applicants for such new posts as we have will probably decline (though a job is a job...and there aren't many places in the EU where universities are expanding and mass hiring).

That is the UK side of things. Today the Euro people were advocating for a quick exit  (ie in the next year) to prevent other countries to follow the UK.

 on: Today at 06:49:37 pm 
Started by zuzu_ - Last post by helpful
Can someone explain briefly what the 'container' means in MLA speak?

I'm simplifying this from the seven or so major parts that you will see in the Handbook:  for the works cited page, each entry consists of (at least) three parts:  author (or creator), title, and container, which is basically where and how the work is published.  There can be another container if the work is accessed by, say, a database. 
What about date of publication? If online is the URL provided? If a book compilation, you say chapter title and then book title as before? Do they require full first names or just initials? (I meant in my post, APA uses 'initials' rather than first names. Really antiquated practice, especially if it is a common last name!)

 on: Today at 06:46:01 pm 
Started by mamselle - Last post by pigou
The campaign for Leave may have played on  people's worst attributes, but I think the outcome will make the UK much more competitive in the long run. The EU will inevitably have to exert more influence over its members (much like the federal government does over the states) and that will be a disaster: this is an organization that is so hostile to democracy, it avoided giving itself a constitution, because that would trigger a popular vote in some member countries, and instead simply has its principles enshrined in a treaty.

How does an organization have any political legitimacy if people never voted to become part of it, wouldn't approve its constitution, and approximately half the people in most member states are longing for a way to get out (albeit not an actual majority everywhere)? Heck, we make fun of people not knowing who their senator is... but how many people could explain the difference between the roles of the European Council, the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the Council of the European Union? And those are the fundamental bodies of the EU.

EU politicians also have shown themselves remarkably tone deaf. Consider the annual move of parliament from Brussels to Strasbourg. The only reason for this is France's ego. Now, the move costs a couple million dollars a year (and relocates thousands of people), which is really pocket change. But what does it say that votes to make Brussels the permanent capital have failed? Then take the headquarters of the European Central Bank. Commissioned just after the financial crisis (when countries had austerity measures imposed), they built a $1.5bn (billion, not million) twin-skyscraper headquarters. Again, not a substantial amount of money... but to do this and throw a giant opening party while giving speeches about how social benefits need to be cut in member countries?

There's a lot to be said for standardization and common markets. But that's part of the European Economic Area and EFTA, which are separate of the EU. Independent of EU membership, the UK remains a member of the EEA. And while lowering trade barriers is great, there's a lot of trade between the EU and the US without the benefit of a common market or common standardization.

Incidentally, Switzerland is really popular as a European headquarter for multinational firms -- not because of taxation (their effective tax rate is near zero anyway), but because it provides access to the European market without the burdensome restriction of EU regulations. The UK could carve out a similar position for itself, which will be especially useful to London's finance industry. The London Stock Exchange is far too influential for the EU to pass any meaningful restrictions on it. Frankfurt isn't going to take its place unless there are substantial changes at the regulatory level, which is nowhere on the horizon.

 on: Today at 06:09:29 pm 
Started by dr_dre - Last post by samspade
After pouting for a week for not getting tenure, I started sending out CV's like crazy in May. Much to my surprise, I have found myself a finalist at two schools in my preferred state, and based on the Chronicle's facts and figures, with higher average salaries then my current school.  I find it bizarre that not getting tenure might be the best thing that ever happened to my career.

 on: Today at 05:50:30 pm 
Started by cmri3708 - Last post by cmri3708
I hadn't even thought of that. I'll definitely check it out. Thanks!

 on: Today at 05:42:34 pm 
Started by academicpop - Last post by sugaree
I agree that a request for a leave of absence is the way to go here (if you can manage it). NEVER trust a promise that a VAP line will be turned into a TT one, I don't care how confident the chair is that it will happen.

IF you get the leave and iF can manage a year in the VAP position at the lower salary and IF a TT position comes up and IF you get interviewed for it and IF you get chosen…. do you get the picture? (lots of ifs in that scenario).

 on: Today at 05:10:21 pm 
Started by fiona - Last post by fiona
Apologies for double-posting, but I wanted to note that my goal, for myself, anyway, is not to be a nice girl, but a kind person.


Being a nice girl "kind person" is demanded of women, even if it means stroking the ego of a man who is being a(n) mansplainer "unkind person."

Thanks for saying this. "Be kind" and "be nice" and "be sweet" and "lower your voice" and "don't get excited" and "why are you so emotional?" are all ways of discounting what women say. So is "Yes, dear."

Yes, hear me roar.

The Fiona

 on: Today at 05:06:30 pm 
Started by pollinate - Last post by skinnymargarita

 on: Today at 04:57:31 pm 
Started by bhosdeek - Last post by AJ_Kats
I learned from my librarian that some free online plagiarism checkers will sell the submitted papers to students. 

I was recently asked to review a paper where I found one entire sentence plagiarized...which lead to the discover that nearly half of the paper was plagiarized.  I contacted the editor and their software identified most of the plagiarized material.  Whereas many of the online tools lack a sufficient journal database and did not identify most of the plagiarized sections.  The best one I found online that was completely free was really more like a "paper to paper" type of comparison, where I copied and pasted in text from both articles to compare them.  That helped me if I had a specific paper that I thought was plagiarized and to locate additional sections, but that was time consuming and was not as good as the publisher's plagiarism checkers. 

Google scholar needs to offer plagiarism detection software.  I would pay money for that.

 on: Today at 04:51:43 pm 
Started by cc_alan - Last post by AJ_Kats
I have a road bike turned into commuter with three rings up front. The SO keeps telling me we should put mountain bike gearing on it. Given the hill steepness and generally wet conditions, I probably should get disc brakes as well. So at that point, it seems a new commuter bike would be a better option! It's only a 2.5 mile ride (but basically down 200 ft, then up 600 ft). The public transit situation is reliable, but I am about a 15 minute walk from the bus stop and it is a 15 minute ride to campus, so if I time it perfectly, I can get to work in 30 minutes, which is probably the same amount of time as it would take me to cycle. I don't want to shower at work, but if mountain bike gearing would allow me to get up to campus with my makeup still intact, then it would be worth a try. Before I lived here, all my bike commutes were nicely flat!

The bike you describe sounds a lot like my last road bike. There are limitations in the derailleur in terms of the largest rear cassette that you can mount..  also a cassette costs about $45.  Before you go down that route, I'd suggest you look around at new mountain bikes.  They are tremendously cheaper than road bikes too (my mid-level mtb was less than $750, whereas my entry level road bike was more than $800 on clearance). 

I would suggest you demo ride lots of mountain and hybrid bikes at bike stores to see what you think.  Often times, they'll let you go out for a 10 minute ride to see what you think of it.  Tell them you're looking for gear ratios for hills (large rear cassette and small front chainrings). 

If you really want to learn more about how gearing works, check out Sheldon Brown's website that talks about this and even has a gear ratio calculator that you can use to "compare apples to apples" in terms of your current bike's gears vs. a mountain bike. 

This summer, I've ditched wearing most makeup because of sweat.  I now only wear waterproof mascara and blush.   That survives a lot better than the rest of it.

Ride on!

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