Boosting Social Skills in Autistic Kids With Drama

How do you join a conversation at a middle-school lunch table? What do you say when someone says hi to you in the hallway and you don’t know her name? How do you delicately correct a member of your lab group in science without calling him stupid? Is it appropriate to tell your English teacher all about your deep and abiding interest in Pokémon characters? … Continue reading Boosting Social Skills in Autistic Kids With Drama

The Ever-Tightening Job Market for Ph.D.s

If you’re a grad student, it’s best to read the latest report from the National Science Foundation with a large glass of single-malt whiskey in hand. Scratch that: The top-shelf whiskey is probably out of your budget. Well, Trader Joe’s“Two Buck Chuck” is good, too! Liquid courage is a necessity when examining the data on Ph.D.s in the latest NSF report, “The Survey of Earned … Continue reading The Ever-Tightening Job Market for Ph.D.s

The Madness of College Basketball Coaches’ Salaries

As you pick your bracket for March Madness, stop for a moment and ponder what some might describe as the madness of the coaches’ salaries. According to U.S. News & World Report, the highest-paid 25 college basketball coaches earn between roughly $2 million and $6 million per year. Those figures don’t include generous perks, such as private jets and housing allowances, or severance packages. There are millions more in bonuses … Continue reading The Madness of College Basketball Coaches’ Salaries

Should Professors Be Fired For Damaging a College’s Reputation

This January, two students at Mount St. Mary’s University reported in the campus newspaper, The Mountain Echo, that their college president planned to dismiss about two dozen students in September in an effort to improve the school’s retention rate. In a now-infamous conversation with a small group of faculty and administrators, the president, Simon Newman, explained that professors shouldn’t feel so sentimental about holding on to students who … Continue reading Should Professors Be Fired For Damaging a College’s Reputation