Friday, November 30, 2012

Adidas under fire for alleged sweatshop connection

picture of 1882 Rutgers College Football team
picture of 1882 Rutgers College Football team (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The University of Washington and Rutgers University reportedly have severed their ties with Addidas following allegations that it failed to pay severance to Indonesian workers fired from a factory in the PRC.

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New type of college for a new century proposed

English: Salman Khan, famous for the Khan Acad...
English: Salman Khan, famous for the Khan Academy, speaking at TED 2011. Cropped from the original. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy

lays out his theories in a new book.

Khan's vision:

A free world-class education for anyone anywhere.

The Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We're a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.
All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.

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New scholarship is aimed at vets attending for-profit colleges

"The Veterans' Student Loan Relief Fund was established to assist otherwise financially responsible veterans and qualifying family members who have incurred excessive educational loans for study at proprietary (for-profit) of scroll
"This fund is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America. Scholarship Management Services is the nation's largest designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals.

"Extended Postmark Deadline: December 15, 2012"

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Montana profs seek to decertify

English: Montana State University - Bozeman logo
English: Montana State University - Bozeman logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A clique of profs at Montana State-Bozeman are looking to shed themselves of their union.

The decert move comes just three years after the AFT narrowly won representation rights in a secret-ballor election.

It has only been a year since the unit ratified its first contract.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

On offer: Webinar on 2013 Employee Handbooks,stid.18087,sid.268172,lid.496,mid.13509

And my own book of forms and model policies:

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Crime apparently pays... even in public higher education

President Graham B. Spanier with Alan Greenspan
President Graham B. Spanier with Alan Greenspan (Photo credit: pennstatelive)
Penn State's Spanier walked away with $3.3 mil in 2011.

He may need it for his lawyers.

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Social Justice meets Social Media at CUNY

Ford Foundation gives half a mil for a new research project about social justice and the social media.

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Energy Department awards $130 mil for research into alternative sources

Seal of the United States Department of Energy.
Seal of the United States Department of Energy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Washington, D.C. – Today, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced 66 cutting-edge research projects selected by the Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) to receive a total of $130 million in funding through its “OPEN 2012” program. ARPA-E seeks out transformational, breakthrough technologies that show fundamental technical promise but are too early for private-sector investment. These projects have the potential to produce game-changing breakthroughs in energy technology, form the foundation for entirely new industries, and have large commercial impacts. The selected projects encompass 11 technology areas in 24 states, and support the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above approach to solving our nation’s most pressing energy challenges.
“With ARPA-E and all of the Department of Energy’s research and development efforts, we are determined to attract the best and brightest minds at our country’s top universities, labs and businesses to help solve the energy challenges of this generation,” said Secretary Chu. “The 66 projects selected today represent the true mission of ARPA-E: swinging for the fences and trying to hit home runs to support development of the most innovative technologies and change what’s possible for America’s energy future.
The OPEN 2012 projects will focus on a wide array of technologies, including advanced fuels, advanced vehicle design and materials, building efficiency, carbon capture, grid modernization, renewable power, and energy storage. The projects were selected through a merit-based process from thousands of concept papers and hundreds of full applications. The projects are based in 24 states, with approximately 47% of the projects led by universities, 29% by small businesses, 15% by large businesses, 7.5% by national labs, and 1.5% by non-profits. Today’s announcement brings ARPA-E’s total portfolio of projects to about 285 projects for a total of approximately $770 million in awards.
ARPA-E’s first funding opportunity, “OPEN 2009,” was issued three years ago and was similarly an open call to America’s top scientists and engineers for transformational energy technology solutions. ARPA-E’s previously selected projects have already made major progress, by demonstrating the world’s first 400 Wh/kg lithium-ion battery poised to revolutionize the electric vehicle industry; building a wind turbine, inspired by the design of jet engines, that could deliver 300% more power than existing turbines of the same size and cost; and engineering a high power laser drilling system that can penetrate hard rock formations over long distances and is ten times more economical than conventional drilling technologies.
Information on all projects announced today is available here.
Examples of the new projects are below:
Electron Energy Corporation, Landisville, PA ($2,904,000) - Improved Manufacturing For High-Performance Magnets
Electron Energy Corporation will develop a technology to manufacture permanent magnets that are both stronger and lower cost than those available today, based on a friction consolidation extrusion process. If successful, this technology would supply the growing market of wind turbine generators and electric vehicle motors with alternative higher-performance materials compared to the imported rare earth magnets currently used in these machines.
Grid Logic, Incorporated, Lapeer, MI ($3,800,000) - Low-Cost, High-Temperature Superconducting Wires
Grid Logic will develop a low-cost and innovative superconducting wire for electric utility applications. Using a new manufacturing technique, Grid Logic will embed very fine superconducting particles in a combination of metals to induce superconductivity. Such a wire would reduce the cost of transmission lines, motors for wind turbines, and other electric devices.
University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND ($472,586) - Novel Dry Cooling Technology for Power Plants
The University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center will develop an air-cooled device for power plants that helps maintain water and power efficiency during electricity production with low environmental impact. The University of North Dakota’s device uses an air-cooled adsorbent liquid that retains and releases moisture to cool power plants that could result in efficient power production with minimal water loss.

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