I’ve been contemplating about ditching my high rise chair to strictly standing in order to remain somewhat physically “active” at work. According to Forbes, recent studies have found that using a standing desk provides the brain with boost by increasing focus and memory.
In the spirit of the holidays, folks might enjoy this inspiring piece on New Orleans. It highlights the city's resilience following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and how that resilience (among other things) have led to a booming and thriving startup culture. The saints are indeed marching on.
In several of my policy courses, few topics have generated passions on both sides as much as discussions on race based consideration in college admissions and the labor market. The US Supreme Court just started hearing arguments in yet another case involving race based consideration, this time at the University of Texas-Austin.
Emojis have become such a part of mobile experience that Oxford recently named one as word of the year. However, there is more to emojis than just weird and funny smileys.
I am attending Day 2 of the 2015 Social Good Summit at the 92nd St. Y. I will be live blogging the most interesting sessions.
I am attending the 2015 Social Good Summit at the 92nd Street Y. I was able to get a press pass (using my EdLab connections). The event is broken up into 20-minute sessions (some with panelists, others with checkins from other social good summits across the globe, etc.). I will be live blogging my favorite and most interesting sessions from their Digital Media Lounge.
The treadmill desk is all the rave in work offices these days. This NY Times piece argues that though there are many benefits of the treadmill desk, there are also some serious downsides such as lack of concentration and ability to remember. To those who use the treadmill desk here at EdLab, do you agree with the findings from the article?
In light of Xiang and Zhou Zhou's recent D&R meeting about the data we want to collect on DataDashboard, this piece talks about a new tracking software, Statcast, developed for baseball by Major League Baseball. Statcast is built to capture everything that happens in a baseball game:
It builds on earlier game-tracking technology, such as the Hawk-Eye system used in cricket, but is far more sophisticated. It constantly logs the position of the ball and of every player on the field. It calculates the speed and curvature of a pitch, how rapidly the ball spins and around what axis, and how much faster or slower than reality that pitch appears to be to the hitter, based on the length of the pitcher's stride. When the ball is hit, the system measures how quickly it leaves the bat and how its path is affected by atmospheric conditions. It then tracks how long fielders take to react before moving, and the efficiency of their routes to the ball's eventual landing spot. And it takes just 15 seconds to crunch these numbers and integrate them with video recordings.
Law schools have been going through something of an identity crisis in recent years. It has seen a large drop-off in enrollment as lack of employment opportunities coupled with crippling student loans has made it an unattractive field for many. One can argue it has become a casualty of the growing investment in STEM by schools and policymakers. However, it seems the grim diagnosis for law schools might have been a bit premature. According to this NY Times piece, law schools are in the midst of a resurgence. The sustainability of this mini resurgence is subject to proof in the coming years.
This list features some of the best public and educational libraries in the world. As we continue to think about the learning theater and other aspects of the library, I wonder what aspects of these libraries we could incorporate into our own?