Category Archives: Academia

A nice note

Purely in the category of self-congratulation: I received a lovely note (edited below) from an advisor in the University Honors Program, for which I’ve been teaching multivariable calculus, differential equations and linear algebra this year.  I heard through many disappointed … Continue reading

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As I mentioned, after Vancouver I went to a conference at Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex, England.  It was mathematically excellent, and I feel that BBC detective shows properly prepared me for my first visit to the UK.  Trees in England … Continue reading

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For FPSAC.  The part of the conference I attended was excellent, particularly an outstanding talk by Jennifer Morse on Macdonald polynomials.  Had dinner in a rotating restaurant which was fun (although I did find the rotation slightly nauseating).  Also walked … Continue reading

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“The Pleasure of Finding Things Out” by Richard Feynman

This book is a collection of short pieces by Feynman, including a number that were speeches or transcripts of interviews.  I thought there were several very interesting pieces, a bunch of repetition between different bits, and some odd choices about … Continue reading

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Some more links on UMN faculty organizing

From the Minnesota Daily, Faculty files to unionize. From MPR, U faculty file petition toward union vote. From City Pages, Faculty file for union to bring the U’s focus back to the classroom. From Workday Minnesota, University of Minnesota faculty file for union election. … Continue reading

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UMN faculty union drive

Faculty at the University of Minnesota are filing to form a union!  It’s a group consisting of tenured, tenure-track, and contingent (adjunct) faculty, looking to join the SEIU education local.  This is the same union that organized Hamline adjuncts in … Continue reading

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A victory for workers at the U

The clerical, janitorial and other workers at the U, who have been in contract negotiations for months, have won what look like strong contracts: nontrivial pay raises, including a minimum of $15/hour, six weeks maternity leave (giving them parity with … Continue reading

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