Why would Nature claim that academic freedom is a threat to academic freedom? In the April 7 issue,1 Emma Marris titled her news item, “Professors bristle as states act to mould lecture content – Academics are fighting right-wing ‘bills of rights’.” The academic freedom the professors want is their own freedom to control lecture content, not freedom for other points of view to be heard. Since the universities are predominantly Democrat (see 12/02/2004 entry), any intrusion into the status quo is viewed as a right-wing conspiracy. One Florida opponent calls such attempts to bring a balance of viewpoints back into academia a “right-wing political takeover of the universities.” David Horowitz, a former Marxist radical now turned conservative activist, has proposed an “Academic Bill of Rights” (see FrontPage Magazine description). This includes the right of students to have their work graded on content and not religious beliefs, fair hiring practices for professors, tenure based on performance rather than beliefs, a call for professors to abstain from presenting controversial material unrelated to the curriculum, administrative neutrality, and balance in presentations on controversial issues. Why should such apparently fair proposals generate such a negative reaction on campuses where Horowitz is making his case? Marris gives her explanation: “Critics say that these ‘Academic Bills of Rights’, which are written to make sure that each side of an issue is presented in lectures at public universities, could in fact stifle academic freedom – and disrupt the teaching of science in contentious fields such as evolution and global warming.” How could this be, when the intent is the opposite? One opponent of the Academic Bill of Rights says, “It will waste a lot of time in the classroom because you will have to spend time covering a bunch of extraneous stuff – every crazy idea out there,” referring to alternatives to Darwinism. In the same issue of Nature,2 Geoff Brumfiel defended the decision of pro-evolution scientists to boycott the Kansas board of education hearings. The board wanted to hear both sides argue over proposed changes to standards that would include “language that is friendly to intelligent design,” but the evolutionists wanted no part in what they considered a “kangaroo court.” David Horowitz, meanwhile, is taking heat at university campus lectures with his Academic Bill of Rights. The American Association of University Professors called it “part of a larger pressure on higher education to politicize the agenda.”1Emma Marris, “Professors bristle as states act to mould lecture content,” Nature 434, 686 (07 April 2005); doi:10.1038/434686b2Geoff Brumfiel, “Biologists snub ‘kangaroo court’ for Darwin,” Nature 434, 550 (31 March 2005); doi:10.1038/434550a.Have you seen a worse case recently of the pot calling the kettle black? The agenda is already politicized to the far left. When you are at the south pole, everything appears north. Horowitz is somewhere in the midwest latitudes calling for balance at the equator. To those at the extreme south pole, his views appear radically northern. That’s only because they fail to see their own extreme position. Gene Edward Veith in World Magazine wrote about a shocking example of hypocrisy at the University of Colorado, where all the faculty rose up to defend leftist pro-terrorist radical Ward Churchill’s academic freedom, but were dead silent when award-winning professor Dr. Phil Mitchell was fired for quoting black critics of affirmative action. The fact that Nature would slant this news item against Horowitz and give best press to his opponents shows that the establishment science enterprise, along with its positions on evolution, global warming, and stem cell research, is all tied in with leftist politics. The Democratic Party is probably too conservative for most of them. Any time the leading science journals have something to say about politics or ethics, it is usually predictably leftist. Anything that threatens the left-wing totalitarian hold on academia, where you thought academic freedom was the highest virtue, is anathema to them, because, from their extreme position, balance appears far right. Don’t ignore how evolutionism is tied in with this mess. Even Charlie described his politics as “liberal or radical.” Our hearts bleed for the professors who might have to spend time going over “extraneous stuff” for a change, if the Academic Bill of Rights succeeds. Everybody knows that in any totalitarian regime, the most efficient use of time is to teach only the party propaganda.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
High school pupil Danielle Mallabone has invented a warming liner for life jackets that can prevent hypothermia at sea.(Image: Shamin Chibba) Danie Heymans of Hands on Technologies says Lego robots can improve children’s logical thinking and problem solving skills.(Image: Shamin Chibba) Heymans built a robot model of an elephant that can react to his every command.(Image: Shamin Chibba)MEDIA CONTACTS • Jonathan Darker Summit Executive+27 71 216 4521RELATED ARTICLES• Lifetime award for top scientist• SA engineer to help build Bloodhound• International win for SA innovation• Fostering SA’s young scientistsShamin ChibbaIt was the image of Jack Rose, Leonardo Di Caprio’s character in the film Titanic, sinking to the bottom of the ocean that got 17-year-old Danielle Mallabone thinking about how to prevent hypothermia at sea. And after some research, she came up with the solution. She invented a warming liner, containing what she calls exothermic reactants, for life jackets. The liner would decrease the chances of the wearer getting hypothermia.Mallabone’s invention was one of many that were showcased at the 6th Annual Innovation Summit held between 27-29 August at the Industrial Development Corporation in Johannesburg. Unlike previous editions, which only brought together a limited number of high profile delegates, this year’s event also invited hundreds of pupils from various schools in Gauteng for a youth day.According to summit executive Jonathan Darker, the youth day was meant to teach pupils what innovation is really about. He said there is a misconception around the word as most people think innovation takes place in a controlled laboratory when it can actually occur anywhere. “Say ‘innovation’ to a child and they think seriously technical stuff when it is not the case. And they need to be aware that they are probably innovating themselves and they are not capitalising on their ideas.”Summit organisers did not limit the invitation to a specific kind of school, said Darker. The event was open to private, model C and rural schools. Those who were studying mathematics and science were given preference to attend. The summit organised three breakaway sessions for pupils that included talks on Lego robotics, and poster design for Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday.Darker said schools do not teach children about the importance of intellectual capital and the social and financial value that comes with it. The summit, he added, attempted to make youngsters aware of such concepts. “There was an inventions garage at the exhibition where some inventors’ prototypes were, so the children could see the actual invention. They could see it is not complicated and it actually makes life easier.”Mallabone’s warming liner and Hand on Technologies’ Lego Mindstorms robots were two such life-enhancing innovations that were showcased at the summit’s Spark Lab exhibit. Learner’s invention can save lives at seaMallabone’s warming liner comes as a two-layered attachment for life jackets. The first is made from synthetic rubber called neoprene, which provides warmth. It covers a heat pack which contains calcium oxide and is made from a very thin Drimac fabric. As soon as the wearer is immersed in water the calcium oxide will produce heat and warm the wearer’s core – the abdomen and back.“I tested it on myself to see if it really works,” said Mallabone, a grade 11 pupil at St Teresa’s High School in Johannesburg. “I jumped into water that is eight degrees Celsius and for an hour my body temperature remained at 36 degrees Celsius. So for an hour it will prevent body temperature from decreasing and prevent the onset of hypothermia.”The invention earned her a number of accolades which culminated in the American Intellectual Property Law Association Special Award at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in Phoenix in the US. Mallabone started out by winning her school’s internal expo. She then won gold at the Eskom Expo Regional competition in Johannesburg before winning another gold medal at the national Eskom Expo for Young Scientists Fair. “It was at nationals where I was chosen as one of nine participants to represent South Africa in Phoenix.”The invention is in the process of being patented, which Mallabone expects will be done by the end of the year. Hands on learningDanie Heymans of Hands on Technologies exhibited the latest Lego Mindstorms EV3 range, which encourages children to build and program their own robots. The organisation is a licenced provider of Lego educational products in sub-Saharan Africa.He said the Department of Basic Education has seen the value in the Lego technology as it is looking to add it into the curriculum. However, not all teachers are familiar with the product and have been reticent about incorporating it into their classrooms. Hands on Technologies has, therefore, taken the responsibility of training teachers on the use of Lego products. “We hold workshops and there is continued training even while the projects are going,” said Heymans. “They can apply these tools to any subject that they teach.”Heymans said the technology would help children develop mathematical, manipulative and gross motor skills, which work large muscle groups. “Children are not developing these skills because they are sedentary; they are sitting still and playing games. Then what happens is the big muscle groups do not develop and even your academic progress is hindered.”With Lego Mindstorms, children have to learn to program a robot so it can carry out prompted commands. This kind of interactive learning, Heymans said, develops logical thinking and problem solving skills. “Children are not just watching the chalkboard. They are learning about cause and effect. They program the robot and check if it works. If it does not, then they must try again until they get it right.” Robots in a townshipHands on Technologies currently runs outreach programmes with schools in Atteridgeville, a township in Pretoria, providing training in the use of Lego educational products. The programme has been running for five years, incorporating 25 schools in this period.One of these projects involves building and using Lego’s robots. Heymans said 40 pupils, who were split into eight groups of three, participated last year. Three of these groups were chosen to attend the World Robot Olympiad in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where they finished in the bottom half out of 60 despite just four months of training.This year, Hands on Technologies has added another two schools to their programme. The company has also converted a venue within an Atteridgeville school into a workstation where children are taught about robotics. Heymans said there are now 160 pupils from Atteridgeville attending training sessions once a week and participating in competitions as well. read more
India’s Geeta Phogat lost to Tonya Lynn Verbeek of Canada 1-3 in the opening round of the women’s 55kg wrestling event at London Olympics on Sunday.The fight was even till round two with both opponents sharing a point each. Verbeek, silver medallist at the Athens Games, changed gears in the final round to advance to the quarterfinals.The Canadian takes on Ukraine’s Tetyana Lazareva while Geeta will battle it out in the repechage round.
Pippo Inzaghi thanked Bologna fans after he was axed to make way for Sinisa Mihajlovic suggesting he is now an extra supporter.The Coach was dismissed after managing just two wins, eight draws and 11 Serie A defeats this season.“A very important professional experience for my career has concluded,” wrote Inzaghi on Instagram and cited on Football Italia.“It really saddens me to leave Bologna, where over the last few months my staff and I felt great affection and respect.“Now within me I feel the regret and disappointment at not being able to avoid this situation, but I really wish to thank the Bologna fans for their support throughout a difficult and hard-fought season.Mihajlovic is coaching Bologna from his hospital bed Manuel R. Medina – August 24, 2019 Manager Sinisa Mihajlovic has been undergoing chemotherapy after his leukemia diagnosis, but assistant coach Emilio De Leo is helping take care of everything.“I wish you with all my heart the best for the future. From now on, Bologna have an extra supporter.”However, the new manager is confident the team can avoid relegation despite their current predicament.“I am convinced Bologna can avoid relegation,” said the Coach in his Press conference.“It’s a difficult task, but I am confident and believe the players are too. If they aren’t, then I’ll find a way to convince them. If I didn’t believe, I wouldn’t have even come here. I spoke to the squad, we’ll have to rush through some stages, so I asked them for concentration.” read more
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSANDAG Director of Operations Ray Traynor joined us in studio to discuss Senate Bill 1151 and the impact it will have in San Diego.Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1151 into law, which will enable San Diego County or any city in the county to establish a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) Transportation Plan to serve the transportation needs of its residents, while supporting a sustainable and healthy region.NEVs are low speed, motorized vehicles that have four wheels and can reach speeds up to 25 mph. These vehicles can be used in neighborhoods for local trips and could help cities reach Climate Action Plan goals by giving residents zero emission transportation options. To operate NEVs, drivers must have a valid driver license, registration, and insurance.SANDAG sponsored the legislation, which was carried by Senator Pat Bates, who represents the 36th Senate District covering South Orange County, North San Diego County, and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Senate Bill 1151 received support from a wide range of organizations including the Center for Sustainable Energy, the Electric Vehicle Association of San Diego, and the Sierra Club. September 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: September 26, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom New bill allows county to create Neighborhood Electric Vehicle Transportation Plan read more