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Mickey Schafer

Mickey Schafer

a lapsed linguist currently teaching undergrads scientific prose (at Univ. of Florida)
An unexpected use of Turnitin -- for a highly constrained writing assignment, similarity values should be high, not low!
A Turnitin white paper on where students are finding content -- 30% comes from social sites!
Flipsnack -- make pdfs into web "books" with flippable pages -- fun! free! looks like a particularly useful tool with kids -- The Periodic Table: Elements with Style! (9780753460856): Simon Basher, Adrian Dingle: Books -
How the Flipped Classroom Is Radically Transforming Learning - THE DAILY RIFF - Be Smarter. About Education. -
Scholarpedia - -- I hadn't seen this one before. -- cool science outreach idea from astronomer/writer Mike Brotheron. Lots of links already up!
The Particle Zoo: Subatomic Particle Softies - -- not sure this really flies, but potential stocking stuffer for the budding particle physicist:-).
don't get caught: Making public communication part of scientific responsibility - -- this is the link to the story referenced in above blog post - Mickey Schafer
Ten Simple Rules for Getting Help from Online Scientific Communities -
The design and implementation of an open-source, data-driven cohort recruitment system: the Duke Integrated Subject Cohort and Enrollment Research Network (DISCERN).[J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2011] - PubMed - NCBI -
TEDMED - " What if government shares medical information openly?"
"Todd Park has served as HHS’s Chief Technology Officer since August 2009. In this role, his mission is to be a change agent and “entrepreneur-in-residence,” helping HHS harness the power of data, technology, and innovation to improve the health of the nation. Prior to joining HHS, Mr. Park co-founded Athenahealth and co-led its development into one of the most innovative health IT companies in the industry. He also cofounded Castlight, a web-based health care shopping service for consumers. Mr. Park has also served in a volunteer capacity as a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he focused on health IT and health reform policy, and as senior health care advisor to Ashoka, a leading global incubator of social entrepreneurs, where he helped start Healthpoint Services, a venture to bring affordable telehealth, drugs, diagnostics, and clean water to rural India. Mr. Park graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College with an A.B. in economics. " - Mickey Schafer
The 5-Minute CSS Mobile Makeover • Perishable Press - -- not sure that this is truly a "5 minute makeover" but if a print.css can be added, a handheld.css can, too. Easy to follow tutorial:-)!
The 2011 Mind-Set of Faculty (Born Before 1980) - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education -
lol: "As an antidote to Beloit College's annual Mindset List (the latest version is being released this week), designed to orient faculty and administrators to the cultural touchstones that have shaped the lives of incoming freshmen, I hereby offer, for the benefit of students and administrators, a similar list of characteristics of faculty members who were born before 1980 and who teach at public institutions. Are faculty members' mind-sets less important than students'? If you prick our mind-sets, do they not bleed?" - Mickey Schafer -- interesting service in beta.
Great new lib guide by Denise Bennett! Responsible Conduct of Research - Responsible Conduct of STEM Research - Guides @ UF at University of Florida -
University of Florida News – Geographic analysis offers new insight into coral disease spread -
"heir findings, published this month in the journal PLoS One, may help scientists derive better hypotheses to determine what contributes to coral disintegration." Woo hoo! - Mickey Schafer
myUFL - -- the front page to UF's private network features a link to vivo "There's a new way for researchers to network and collaborate at UF" --
Okay -- unless I am missing something really obvious, this so-called "networking" and "collaboration" tool doesn't even allow you to mark the people/pages that you are interested in! I find no way of creating groups, a "people of interest" file, nothing. I can find none of the simplest tools for social interaction. I am currently on the page of someone in "clinical and transformational research informatics", thinking what a great find this person is considering I was just playing around with links, but there's no box to check, no way to do anything other than bookmark the page. What a freaking waste of $$!! - Mickey Schafer
Last week, I watched 4 kids (2 of whom were mine) play Nintendo DS together using 3 machines. They were not using the wireless gaming function; instead, they were passing the consoles and different games back and forth, to whomever had the best chance of beating that level. I saw no signs of jealousy or competition -- just 4 kids huddled together.
And here is what I wondered: were they cheating, or were they making use of available resources to their best advantage? - Mickey Schafer
at UF, our student honor policy states the "unauthorized collaboration" is cheating. I am puzzled by the word "collaboration" in this policy. I saw kids openly collaborating to everyone's advantage, making use of individual strengths. Yes, it can be argued that they were not learning to play the game better as individuals; but that POV seems so "not the point". - Mickey Schafer
J.K. Rowling's Next Chapter: A Transfiguration Spell on the Publishing Industry -
"DRM-free content also means that consumers won't be locked in to one particular format. As it currently stands, DRM is one mechanism that prevents users from sharing e-books; but it also means that Kindle owners can't read Nook content, and Nook owners can't load their iBooks onto their devices. But DRM is only part of the problem here; file formats are another. Rowling says that the books will be made available for all formats - to Kindle, iPad, Nook owners alike." - Mickey Schafer
Love new android phone! Many thanks to kid who stole my old phone:-)
Love new android phone! Many thanks to kid who stole my old phone:-)
Welcome to Social Digital Space | Social Digital Space -
via hope leman in twitter - Mickey Schafer
The Englishist - -- this is a book review/personal rant on Liz Pryor's What Did I Do Wrong?: When Women Don’t Tell Each Other the Friendship Is Over -- I really enjoyed the honesty and writing in The Englishist's post. (she is a grad student who teaches with me)
Dan Ariely on our buggy moral code | Video on -
chrome browser for iPad - Mickey Schafer
According to the Physics Review B publishing guidelines, references do not include titles of papers -- just authors, journal, volume, date. This may require more accommodation than my brain can handle Monday before noon.
Publishing Your Research 101 (ACS Publications) - -- how does one person have the time to publish 1100 papers??!!
interesting talk -- especially like his mention of how youtube has added an important dimension to reporting science, especially for those experiments that are hideously difficult to convey in words. - Mickey Schafer
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