Earlier this week I wrote the first half of this pair of posts, focusing on the problems in Nicholas Kristof's piece on why professors should be more engaged in the public debate. I came down pretty hard on it, not because I disagree with the general sentiment (my doctoral research and interests are very policy … Continue reading Kristof, Columbia, and the ‘Public Intellectual-Professor’: Part 2
This will be a two-parter since there's a lot in it. It's been interesting reading the initial article about why professors need to be involved in public debate from Nicholas Kristof and seeing the rejoinders, particularly Michelle Goldbergs' article about Columbia University's decision to let two of their best professors of public health go. I'm … Continue reading Kristof, Columbia, and the ‘Public Intellectual-Professor’: Part 1
My friend Emily pointed me to a post on Facebook from Nick Kristof about girls seeking education in Pakistan. The article highlights the risks faced by girls and women seeking educational opportunities in the tribal regions; it's well written and inspiring. It's good, mass consumption media about a serious problem. But his framing comment on … Continue reading Kristof’s False Comparison
So for those who don't know, this past Sunday I designed a simulation and training day for the Digital Humanitarian Network that we ran as part of ICCM. It was probably one of the most challenging simulations I've worked on for a number of reasons, but also probably one of the most important. I'll walk … Continue reading The Design Side: Some lessons learned from the DHNetwork sim from the designer
Whew, halfway through the week at the Tech4Dev conference at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. It's really interesting to compare this conference to ICTD 2012 at Georgia Tech in March, and seems to underline a distinct difference in the approach to ICTs and development in the United States and Europe. First, what a fantastic mix of … Continue reading Some initial thoughts from Tech4Dev
During the semester I good fortune to take Dr. Mara Schoeny’s course on qualitative research for the social sciences at George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. We kept logs about the experience and we dealt with questions pertaining to ethics and interpersonal aspects of conflict analysis and resolution. While these were important, what … Continue reading Thinking about my academic tribe…what’s yours?
Hey everybody, I'm pretty excited to have had a paper accepted to the Tech4Dev conference hosted by the UNESCO Chair at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne. I'll be focusing on the impact that distance learning technology can have on knowledge co-creation across geographic boundaries, with a particular focus on technology applications for development and … Continue reading Presenting at Tech4Dev in May!
Eli Sinkus (@elisinkus) does it again. For those who might be interested in how technology can make your research better/easier/more robust, TC-110: Social Media and Technology Tools for Research might be useful to you. TC-110 from TechChange on Vimeo.