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    Tuesday Oct 20, 2015 | 3:44 pm

    Finding strength in the help of others

    It’s never been easy for me to ask for help. It may have something to do with my upbringing or a vestige of my Swedish heritage. Ever stoic, my paternal great-grandparents came from Sweden to Iowa and farmed, working the land. There is something in the Midwestern mentality which demands that the person responsible for plowing the fields is also responsible to uproot any stumps or move any rocks that […]

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    Tuesday Oct 13, 2015 | 10:54 am

    Hammers, numbers and stories: What good is a social science degree?

    As a professor of social science, I am often asked some variant of the question, “What good is a social science degree?”  Three recent encounters bring an answer into sharp focus. The first of these was a recent presentation by a fellow professor from another discipline who asked, “How can we better value and affirm students’ stories in our teaching?” The second was an anonymous note complaining about the “constant […]

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  • Tuesday Oct 06, 2015 | 5:20 pm

    Gun violence should be examined as a public health issue

    With just a few days having passed since the Umpqua Community College shootings, where nine people lost their lives and even more suffering severe injuries, one of the most disturbing reports of the incident was that the dead victims cellphones were ringing when police arrived on the scene, as their families and friends tried to make contact with them. The heartbreak for this community is palpable, and working in academia, many of […]

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    Tuesday Sep 29, 2015 | 6:26 pm

    End of life discussion on campus avoids political posturing

    The discussion brought to the table many different perspectives and interests and was respectful and thoughtful. This is a significant piece of the mission of UMA, to engage and educate the community about important issues that people will have to address at some point in their lives. And it is likely that everyone will have to address issues around how much medical intervention is appropriate for yourself or your close […]

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  • Tuesday Sep 22, 2015 | 11:55 am

    Thinking about ‘interdisciplinarity’ as a way of life

    In life, everything is interconnected. One might use knowledge one learned in math class and English class in order to solve a problem in the grocery store. Not everything is divided up into neat sections in the world outside classrooms. Because of that simple truth, the University of Maine at Augusta’s academic theme for this year—Interdisciplinarity—is a valuable concept to focus on. Interdisciplinarity, as defined on UMA’s website, is “the […]

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  • Tuesday Sep 15, 2015 | 12:25 pm

    Crossing the college finish line to close the skilled workers gap

    America is facing a shortage of college graduates. That notion probably doesn’t seem all that plausible to college grads who are underemployed or unemployed, yet the shortage is real. The U.S. can expect a shortfall of 11 million skilled workers over the next 10 years, according to a recent study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. The idea of a shortage of college graduates seems even less […]

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    Wednesday Sep 09, 2015 | 1:40 pm

    ‘Making is knowing’: How true knowledge happens when we’re engaged

    At the start of each school year I find myself asking, “What is the one thing I want my students to walk away with from my classes if they learn nothing else?” Certainly, there are learning outcomes each class needs to achieve, but I often wonder what larger context my teaching might offer. This year I hope to teach my students a lesson that I was reminded of over the […]

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  • Thursday Sep 03, 2015 | 2:25 pm

    Examining temptation, ethics and the university

    When we learn how cruelly people can treat one another, it’s tempting for us to think we are exempt from the trend. Every year, students in my Introduction to Sociology class at the University of Maine at Augusta review data from Stanley Milgram’s chilling classic shock experiment, in which 65 percent of subjects followed orders to deliver apparently lethal shocks to innocent people. Often, my students point out that the original experiment […]

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  • Tuesday Aug 25, 2015 | 11:10 am

    Nursing: An art, a science and an interdisciplinary study

    In junior high, I truly discovered a love for science and I took every advanced science and math class I could throughout high school. Two years of high school chemistry class lead me to declaring myself a chemistry major before I even arrived at the small liberal arts college where I studied. Over the years in college, I discovered I also had a love for writing, the peculiar nature of […]

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