Today’s Missourian

June 22, 2007

Bio lab disease list issued: The opposition and supporters of a biological defense laboratory in Columbia will not let a list of diseases to be studied at the lab dissuade them from their goals.

Board of Education to discuss making school year-round: At Thursday’s board meeting, Darin Preis suggested that the Columbia Public Schools begin looking at the possibility of year-round schools in Columbia.

Downtown hotel would be replaced: The Regency would follow Campus Inn, which was recently razed to accommodate a new Hampton Inn south of campus, following a trend of national hotels replacing local ones.


An alternative view

June 22, 2007

What If Higher Ed Funds Don’t Help Economy?

A new study published Wednesday by the free-market-oriented Mackinac Center for Public Policy suggests … that increased state appropriations for higher education actually correlate with lower economic growth, is counter to both established understanding and conventional wisdom.

Building frustration

June 21, 2007

Digging up the past can tunr up unpleasant surprises. Just ask Roger Gafke, director of programming development for the Donald W. Reynolds Institute.

Mass Culture 2.0

June 21, 2007

This month, Encyclopedia Britannica’s blog is serializing a commentary on the cultural effects of Web 2.0. The author, Michael Gorman, is dean of library services at California State University at Fresno and a former president of the American Library Association.About two years ago, Gorman published a memorable essay in Library Journal. In it, he referred to “the Blog People,” expressing doubt that they were “in the habit of sustained reading of complex texts.” The immediate occasion for this remark was the public reception of one of Gorman’s own complex texts, about which uncomplimentary things had been said by bloggers (some of them, in fact, being his colleagues in the library world). “It is entirely possible,” he continued, “that their intellectual needs are met by an accumulation of random facts and paragraphs.”