Monthly Archives: March 2006

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Word of the Day

“Discombobulate” is a wonderful word, made all the more wonderful because it sounds like nonsense but is a real word! “Combobulate,” however, is not. Perhaps our gentle readers (Psst! Ed of Ralph, that’s you!) can provide us with other examples of words that begin with a negative particle yet whose opposite does not exist. “Disgruntle” for example.  

Inside Higher Ed :: The Real Bias in the Classroom

This looks to be an interesting study. There may be political bias in the classroom, but headed in the other direction. A new study — soon to be published in PS: Political Science & Politics — finds that students are the ones with bias, attributing characteristics to their professors based on the students’ perceptions of their faculty members’ politics and how much they differ from their own. The authors of the study say that it […]

Newcomb-Tulane Undergraduate College

Yesterday the Board approved a plan for preserving the name and legacies of Tulane and Newcomb Colleges. As Tulane University implements its Renewal Plan in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Board of Tulane approved a sweeping set of recommendations on Thursday (March 16) to preserve some of the university’s most time-honored traditions. It renewed its historic ties to Paul Tulane and H. Sophie Newcomb by naming the university’s new undergraduate college the Newcomb-Tulane College. […]

Math Professor Wins a Coveted Religion Award – New York Times

Not quite Intelligent Design(?): Science and religion come together again. Dr. Barrow, 53, a mathematical sciences professor at the University of Cambridge, is best known for his work on the anthropic principle, which has been the subject of debate in physics circles in recent years. Life as we know it would be impossible, he and others have pointed out, if certain constants of nature %u2014 numbers denoting the relative strengths of fundamental forces and masses […]