I recently had the honor of attending the Pioneer Natural Resources gift recognition ceremony on UK’s campus. The Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences (EES), in partnership with UK alumnus and Pioneer’s Vice President of Technology Tom Spalding, accepted a $600,000 gift from the company.
I found this eye-opening article from Wired Campus (link at end of article). It discusses how synchronous online classes are raising questions about what is appropriate "Netiquette," since people are eating or lying down while on the webcam, and in one instance, a nude spouse walked by in the background! I have experienced similar things in my online courses, where students leave their mics on while talking to their children or spouse, or have a TV playing behind them. Part of the benefit of taking online courses is being able to interact from the comfort of your own home, but how "comfo
This goes under the, ‘of course, why didn't I think of that’ category. Facebook is building a data center near the Arctic circle. They’ll use artic air to help keep all those servers nice and cool. Which brings up two questions: Will the heat generated from all those servers effect the local climate? And, can you like Facebook on Facebook?
Did I mention that Toulouse is really old (i.e., 23 centuries)? One implication of that fact is that the streets are generally very narrow in centre ville (city center), where we live. Many of the streets are 1 lane wide and are paved with brick or stone. Another implication is that the streets are definitely not laid out as a grid or in any other systematic pattern that I can detect. When you combine these two observations, you can explain many of the differences between French and American culture. On the one hand, you have a French city with narrow streets that wind all over the pla
Congratulations are in order for Ramesh Bhatt, who has recently won a three-year National Science Foundation grant worth $432,751. Bhatt, a professor in the Department of Psychology, will use the support to expand his research on the development of social functioning in infancy. For example, Bhatt will analyze how infants from 3 to 9 months of age react to systematic changes to body and face images, documenting which aspects of bodies and faces infants scan.