Friday, January 18, 2013


  1. Cathy Davidson at HASTAC: If We Profs Don't Reform Higher Ed, We'll Be Re-Formed (and we won't like it).

    If we profs can be replaced by a computer screen, we should be.

  2. Joseph Grcar in The American Scientist: Comments and Corrigenda in Scientific Literature -- How self-correcting is the written record of scientific and engineering endeavors?

  3. Eduardo Porter in NYTimes: When Public Outperforms Private in Services. A feature story on a recent book The Org: The Underlying Logic of the Office by Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan:

    "The more we reward those things that we can measure, and not reward the things we care about but don’t measure, the more we will distort behavior,” observed Burton Weisbrod, a professor of economics at Northwestern University ... As Professor Fisman and Mr. Sullivan put it: “If what gets measured is what gets managed, then what gets managed is what gets done.”

    Here's an NPR interview of the authors.