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Jan 26, 2012

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Forbes reports that outstanding student loans are approaching a trillion dollars. It’s a situation guaranteed to make any politician in the UK uncomfortable. The figures are for the US and the article argues that many of the private-for-profit Universities are to blame for the increasing rates of defaults on loans.

My eldest daughter Rebecca always chastises me when I say I no longer really work on red hair genetics by pointing out that nobody is interested in anything else I have done or will do (but I have recently written a review of some pigment genetics evolution jointly with Rosalind Harding, and another review of some […]

Here is a link to our DERMOFIT publications but I can control more of the links below. We still have some papers to do with learning either under  consideration or yet to write (Ben get on with it!) The publications produced by DERMOFIT or linked projects are: L. Ballerini et al, A color and texture […]

Jan 18, 2012

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From Paul Graham with tongue in cheek (or half hanging out) Harvard University, founded in 1638, is the leading supplier of education and scholarship worldwide. Its flagship product, the Harvard University PhD degree, is the scholarship industry’s leading enterprise-wide scalable information management solution. For more information, visit Harvard at www.harvard.edu, or call 1-617-495-1000.

This is supported by the recollections of some of Beecher’s former colleagues. Louis Lasagna, Beecher’s junior colleague in the early 1950s, noted, “ … we were so ethically insensitive that it never occurred to us that you ought to level with people that they were in an experiment” (43). From a piece in the Annals of […]

Jan 17, 2012

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In the NYT In practice, “the scientific community itself is quite conservative,” said Maxine Clarke, executive editor of the commercial journal Nature, who added that the traditional published paper is still viewed as “a unit to award grants or assess jobs and tenure.” Well, at least she doesn’t say publication is no longer a matter of […]

Jan 05, 2012

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Not certain there is a lot of wisdom here. Little insight into the coming storm but I am intrigued to see that enrolments to the U of Phoenix are down 40%. I also find it difficult to imagine that many Universities are going to do well based on graduate philanthropy. Gary Cooper’s comments seem closest […]

Jan 03, 2012

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From Mark Guzdial in the Communications of the ACM What I find most interesting about the Stanford AI classes is that it was an exploration of new models of CS pedagogy.  We need new models for CS pedagogy.  We teach computer science in order to create great software developers, and that’s a good and important goal.  But there […]

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