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December 23

evening computer science classes in NYC?

I'd like to take a computer science class after work, with as little hoop-jumping as possible. My interests are broad: compilers, programming languages, type theory, distributed systems, OS, numerical analysis. I am looking for relatively academic courses, basically advanced undergrad or grad school without committing to a master's program, not some kind of learn-to-Rails/MEAN/h4x0r boot camp. Is this possible? Any NYC-specific recommendations? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 6:46 PM - 7 answers

December 22

Reputation in an academic department – should I stay or should I go?

When I was an undergrad, I took a class with a high-profile professor, had a bit of a personal crisis, and handled relations with him poorly. I'm now hoping to do my doctorate in the same department. Do I have a chance of forging a good academic career there, or should I move on? [more inside]
posted by jejak at 1:53 AM - 17 answers

Methods for maintaining children's culture and language

How do families maintain cultural heritage and language when living in other cultures AND the parents are the exclusive transmitters of home country culture (I.e. there are no nearby communities and infrastructure for language lessons, cultural activities and groups)? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 12:28 AM - 10 answers

December 20

Experiences with MPH degrees...would you recommend one?

I've been thinking about an MPH (Master's of Public Health), but I'd like to hear about others' experiences. How did you decide on an MPH? How was it getting employment? Are you satisfied with how it's worked out career-wise? Anything else I should know - is there a "bubble" of grads, for instance? Thanks!
posted by Seeking Direction at 12:53 PM - 9 answers

Tips to Pass the Adobe Certified Exam for Photoshop

I have a little over a month before I take the Adobe Certification Exam for Photoshop. I bought a study course that supposedly has a 1:1 correlation with the exam, and I am really struggling with the magnitude of the keyboard commands I have to memorize. If you've taken and passed this specific test, do you have any tips for me? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger at 9:06 AM - 4 answers

December 19

Help Transition out of Education Into Data Analytics and Computer Scienc

I am currently a public high school teacher teaching science and would very much like to transition into data and policy analytics, with a particular bent on computer programming and economic analysis. What are ways I can transition into these fields. One thing I have found that is a fellowship program from Education Pioneers. Are there other resources like this? What routes would you advise that I take? More information inside [more inside]
posted by caudal at 9:02 AM - 2 answers

December 18

Online resources for studying genetics?

I'm gearing up for a final exam in my undergraduate level genetics class, and I'm finding my textbook (iGenetics by Peter Russell) and the professor's slides are not sufficient for my study needs. I'd really like some more sources to review over the next few days. The topics on this final exam are operons, conjugation/transformation/transduction, genomic imprinting, and differential gene expression. Do you have any favorite online resources for studying these subjects? The more specific the better (i.e. a specific youtube playlist or a specific section of a website, rather than just a generally genetics related channel or site).
posted by ocherdraco at 1:09 PM - 3 answers

35 Years Ago I Dropped out of College but Now I Need a Degree

I dropped out of college after my first year and for the past 35 years I've been self-employed, successfully running my own company, however, I'm now planning to enter the job market for the first time and want to get that degree on my resume. Is there an institution I could go to on-line where my business experience would be applied towards a degree?
posted by tangyraspberry at 9:17 AM - 11 answers

December 15

Ever seen this handout that helps you memorize the US presidents?

As an elementary schooler during the early 1990s, I was tasked with memorizing all the US presidents. The instructor provided an illustrated handout that was supposed to help us remember the names in order by using mnemonic devices and sound-alikes. I would LOVE to see this handout again! Description inside. [more inside]
posted by meggan at 7:24 PM - 5 answers

Best way to leverage local college to offer scholarship money?

Just starting to get into the whole applying to college and looking for money game. I want to find the best way to get some scholarship assistance from the local University. Special details inside.. [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 10:35 AM - 28 answers

December 14

How do I spend my leave of absence from university?

I can finally put my mind away from school for about 8 months, but I feel like these 8 months will be the critical period and my last chance to gain a sense of what I want to do. [more inside]
posted by JYuanZ at 12:05 PM - 9 answers

What are some new journalism forms in "non-free" societies?

I'm a high school journalism teacher, and I'd like my students to do individual research projects that fulfill this standard: "JRN 1.8: Explain how new technologies are affecting the events or dissemination of information in non-free societies, such as some countries in the Middle East, Africa, or Asia." What are some topics they can look into? [more inside]
posted by Alexandra Michelle at 11:44 AM - 9 answers

December 12

Commuting vs. Campus

Room and board for my university costs $13k a year. My family lives 10 miles away from campus. Please help me come up with pros and cons for commuting, and let me hear your experiences as a commuter student. [more inside]
posted by krakus at 6:56 PM - 47 answers

December 10

My graduate program is a disappointment. Now what?

I'm at one of the best schools in the world. So why does my program suck so much, and what should I do about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:35 PM - 16 answers

December 9

Schools that allow faculty to retain IP rights over online materials?

Are you aware of any schools or universities that allow faculty to retain intellectual property rights to their course materials that are used online, and perhaps also receive royalties from the school for its use, above and beyond a normal faculty contract? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 3:43 PM - 4 answers

Online resources for brushing up on basic math skills?

What are some good, free online resources for an adult who needs to brush up on basic math operations such as working with fractions, percentages and ratios? Other than Khan Academy. The more interactive the better.
posted by iamisaid at 10:33 AM - 7 answers

US GAAP Tax Accounting Textbook

I have accepted a new position with a U.S. company where part of the responsibilities will include assistance with tax accounting (i.e., reserves, DTLs, DTAs, reconciling tax returns to stat accounts, etc.). I am looking for recommendations for a good textbook that includes in-depth explanation of the principles as well as some exercises and worksheets to practice with. [more inside]
posted by ohio at 5:03 AM - 2 answers

December 8

Indonesian speakers on the green?

I'm looking for the appropriate translation of a couple of key but relatively obscure phrases for our visit to Indonesia with a baby in tow in a month's time. We'll be in Bali. [more inside]
posted by jojobobo at 6:36 PM - 4 answers

Instructor wrote nasty comments on my paper - how to react?

A graduate student instructor at my public university handed back my paper today with various snarky comments about my performance in class. Am I overreacting? Should I respond? Complain? Just ignore it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:11 PM - 66 answers

History buffs with specific interests, recs from your interest?

I want to read very good history books. I know such threads exist. But I want recommendations from people who are very well read (decently well read, even) in the subject. If you have a particular interest, what is it, and what are some excellent books you've read and recommend? [more inside]
posted by Rams at 1:30 PM - 20 answers

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