Not all celebrities are relying only on their looks -- some of them have brains too, and the degrees to prove it. Check out this list of some celebrities that have impressive academic credentials. I wonder if the actors from Saved by the Bell: College Years got any credits for completing one of the worst spin-offs of all time. They did have some awesome dorms though, I was very disappointed when I got to my college dorm room. Let's check out some grad school news:
- Adam Ruben is a triple threat -- the guy does stand-up comedy, he authored the book Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision To Go To Grad School, and he just dropped the Grad Student Rap video. Word.
- A group of 14 grad students from Washington State University did research for a recently published book Splendid Service: The Montana National Guard 1867-2006.
- It's hard to escape the fact that gender bias is still a problem in society, so how much does gender bias extend to the world of grad school?
Kevin Wittner, an MBA student from the University of Arizona did a recent study that showed the economic impact of Arizona football. His independent study showed that the visitors in town for the Arizona-Iowa game spent $8,160,429. There's no doubt that local businesses will be promoting games in the future after seeing those numbers. Check out the full story here. Let's look at some other grad school news:
- Grad students from NYU recently developed a sweatshirt that can detect air pollution by changing color. Cool -- a little gross, but really cool. I doubt they will sell in L.A.
- Applying to grad school as a foreign student? It can be a challenge, but these tips can help.
- Opportunities for telecommuting jobs have jumped 400% in the last three years, which means more grad students are finding jobs -- in their living room. Not a bad gig.
For 60 years an anonymous individual had been placing roses and a bottle of cognac at the grave site of Edgar Allan Poe to commemorate his birthday. However, the curator of this historic site has noted that the tradition has ceased in the last two years, and he is ready to declare the tradition dead if the gifts aren't placed at the grave next year. You can read more about it here. I'm wondering who has been collecting those 60 bottles of cognac these past decades -- someone is going to owe Poe more than a few drinks in the afterlife. Let's check out some grad school news:
- How long will it take to get through grad school? The folks at Bright Hub provided a sample time line for getting through graduate school.
- Some people operate on a different time line -- Chase Keenum, University of Houston's quarterback, will be starting grad school this semester in order to pursue his degree and remain eligible for the football after completing his undergrad courses as of last semester
- As QB, Chase is the team leader on the field, maybe he'll discover how grad school can make him an even better leader off the playing field; it worked for Chris Glynn, senior vice-president of World Vision.
- "I'd like to solve the puzzle, Pat" -- check out how Southern Miss grad student Elliot Yates won big on Wheel of Fortune!
- The nation took a holiday recently to remember the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., and one grad student has been dedicating himself to researching all the MLK boulevards across the nation.
I have posted nearly 40 blogs for GradShare 360 and never once have I done any shameless self promotion -- until now. As many of you know, GradShare is a free service provided by ProQuest, and I'd like to announce some cool new things that ProQuest has to offer. There is now a searchable sustainabilities dissertations database, and a weekly blog from the sustainability journal! Let's check out some other grad school news:
- Tom Taylor, a grad student at Stanford, speaks on the relationship between graduate students and school athletics, encouraging grad students to "get in the game."
- It's a tough topic to tackle, but on the heels of Bill Zeller's tragic death, Cameron Moore does an excellent job in the Daily Princetonian of examining the involuntary confinement of the grad student and what could be done to help students adjust to that lifestyle in a healthy manner.
- On a lighter note, check out the latest from Ph.D. Comics!
- UVA grad students have plans to start a community supported fishery, and University of Michigan grad students have started a company dedicated to finding alternative uses for food waste. Nice job!
- It's Friday, so have a good laugh -- Conan O'brien brings you the first ever Norton Anti-Virus Online University Bowl! I love the mascots.
NewSouth Books has decided to censor the "N-word" and the word "injun" from Mark Twain's classic novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In their edition the words will be replaced with "slave" and "Indian." Firstly, has anyone noticed that Mark Twain looks like an angry version of Albert Einstein? Secondly, the topic of the "N-word" is always sure to stir up controversy, especially in America, so naturally people have varying opinions on this recent censorship -- here is an article criticizing the censorship efforts, and an article in which an editor for NewSouth Books explains why this decision was made in the best interest of students and educators. Let's check out some grad school news:
- In case you missed it, CNN recently had an article about the most popular graduate school degrees.
- A graduate student from the University of Kansas recently discovered a new species of lizard in Vietnam -- on a menu! The good news is that it was not a spokesman for Geico.
- English Ph.D.'s have a reason to be optimistic -- the full-time job outlook for English Ph.D's seems to be stabilizing. Mark Twain would be happy.
- Here is an interesting look at the plight of the non-traditional student; be sure to check out the comments and discussion at the bottom of the page.
- Great article from Slate, "The Common Statistical Thread Between Psychiatric Diagnosis and Grad School Rankings."