Category Archives: Education

Last Word on the Millionth Word

On Wednesday, a Texas-based media consulting firm announced the birth of the millionth English word, which arrived on June 10, 2009, at 10:22 a.m., Stratford-on-Avon time. The lucky lexeme? “Web 2.0,” which edged out “slumdog,” “octomom” and “N00b,” a disparaging … Continue reading

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Scary scary costumes

Can you spot the real Dowbrigade? On Halloween (which would have been game 7 of the World Series that wasn’t) we were confronted, at the ungodly hour of 9 AM, by an apparition that would curdle the hair of any … Continue reading

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Kos Cutting Class

Markos Moulitsas (LAW’99) talks with Maureen O’Rourke, dean of the School of Law, at the conference New Media and the Marketplace of Ideas. Photo by Vernon Doucette [From an interesting interview with Markos Moulitsas of the Daily Kos published today … Continue reading

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Watch Out, MIT

A photograph of a 3 cm drop of ferrofluid, a suspension of magnetite in oil. Harvard University today unveiled a brand-new website, HarvardScience, devoted to all matters related to science at the various schools, departments, institutes, and hospitals of Harvard … Continue reading

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Gaming the System

What will millions of poor children do with cheap laptop computers? Play games, of course. But not just any games. The vaunted “$100 laptop” already being distributed in some countries by MIT professor Nicholas Negroponte’s One Laptop Per Child program … Continue reading

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English Rules

SINGAPORE — Riding the crest of globalization and technology, English dominates the world as no language ever has, and some linguists now say it may never be dethroned as the king of languages. Whoa, a bit grandiose, that King stuff. … Continue reading

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Slaving in the Salt Mines of Academia

December 12, 2006 More than half the faculty at Boston University, Northeastern, Tufts, and Harvard are part-time or are not on the tenure track, according to a report released yesterday. These prominent institutions performed poorly compared with their peers around … Continue reading

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School’s Out for Summers

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –In his five-year tenure at Harvard University, President Lawrence H. Summers frequently found himself in the spotlight because of rifts with faculty at the Ivy League institution. Tuesday, facing the second no-confidence vote by faculty members in a … Continue reading

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Beer Pong National Campus Rage

The bar is packed, the floor is wet, and dozens of glassy-eyed young people are squeezed around tables trying to lob Ping-Pong balls into cups of beer. It is the final round of a beer pong championship, sponsored by a … Continue reading

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