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January 16

Readable yet extremely comprehensive history books

I just finished reading The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer again and it was just as incredible if not more so the second time around. I'm wondering if there are other nonfiction books of similar quality and comprehensiveness for other topics - primarily looking for a diabetes book but also interested in any other comparable books. [more inside]
posted by cybertaur1 at 10:54 AM - 30 answers

Dealing with January blahs and grad school

My confidence and ambition got swallowed up in a snowbank [more inside]
posted by winterportage at 10:00 AM - 5 answers

January 15

How to organize a neural network outside of my brain to help me learn?

I am studying psychology and like to make associations and note similarities between different theories. For example, perhaps I see a relationship between Fromm’s concept of conformity and ideas of enculturation and socialization, from there maybe I can then link to constructs of social interaction in Vygotsy’s work on learning. I believe that I am looking for a non-linear organization system similar to a big mind map, semantic network, or a personal wiki. Any suggestions about how to structure something like this? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! at 1:37 PM - 19 answers

Songs like "Fifty Nifty United States"

My child memorized all the states through this song "Fifty Nifty United States" Are there other songs that where you can memorize useful/ education lists? you know, for kids...
posted by mrmarley at 8:09 AM - 22 answers

How to survive PhD viva with inadequate thesis?

I submitted an embarrassingly weak PhD thesis, elements of which I don't feel able to defend, and am expecting to be told to revise and resubmit. My viva is in three weeks time. How do I prepare for this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:58 AM - 11 answers

January 14

Art is a universal language... right?

Mefites, do you know of any master's/postgraduate opportunities in art for an international student who doesn't know any European languages? [more inside]
posted by a sourceless light at 2:32 PM - 7 answers

January 13

Job is being eliminated, where to go from here?

Likely to be losing my job in the coming weeks, and thinking about returning to school, either for a diploma or some other vocational training. Can the hive help me figure out a path to take or explore, given the generalities of what kind of work I would like to consider pursuing? I am interested in jobs relating to natural resource management and/or something relating to the environment. [more inside]
posted by wats at 1:32 PM - 3 answers

Netherlands Master's in education vs teaching experience in Asia, which?

I have a B.Sc in computer science and have one year of experience English using my CELTA qualification. Looking around, I see a lot of requests for people with North American B.Sc's to teach Math/Physics/CS in Asia. I'm trying to decide whether to go and start teaching, or whether it is better to get a state teaching qualification (2yr) in the Netherlands first... [more inside]
posted by jpziller at 7:47 AM - 4 answers

January 11

Please recommend to me novels set during the Iranian Revolution

Wikipedia only lists 4 novels set during the Iranian Revolution. Could you name some others? [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame at 6:54 PM - 5 answers

January 10

What are the worst schools in the Parramatta region, Australia

I would like to find out which state schools (primary or secondary) parents prefer to avoid in Parramatta and the surrounding region. I have tried to google this and am not having much luck. When I find rankings, they are either limited to e.g. "The top 20 schools in the region!" or they don't seem to be searchable for such a wide region. For example I found one where you can list all school rankings for a postcode, but I've got about 30 postcodes I'm interested in, and I wonder if there's an easier way. I am also interested in subjective opinions as well as rankings. Any suggestions?
posted by lollusc at 10:20 PM - 12 answers

Looking for online games to teach older adults GUI abstraction...

Please offer your suggestions for online games with abstract GUI features which might be helpful to teach Operating System GUIs to older adults. [more inside]
posted by xtian at 10:07 AM - 2 answers

Should I stick with Sciences or switch to Humanities?

It's almost time to choose courses for next semester and declare my major. I am currently a Science Major. I envisioned a career in researching how new technology could be used to treat psychological disorders, but I have a history mental health problems myself, so I am wondering whether I might have bitten off more than I can chew. I am drawn to some of the courses on the humanities side, and part of me thinks studying something more broad could take me out of myself and would allow me to recover. [more inside]
posted by Erred at 8:39 AM - 12 answers

January 9

Dear prof, you're the only helpful member of my committee. Please leave.

I'm in my mumble year of grad school in a humanities field and will at long last be filing my dissertation this semester. I don't want to stay in academia, so I don't care how good or bad the thesis is; it just needs to be good enough to file. My advisor and two other committee members will probably sign off on anything. The fourth member is the problem. She's helpful, conscientious and would be likely to have lots of good suggestions for improvement. I want her off my committee. [more inside]
posted by zeri at 7:05 PM - 18 answers

continuing education with human resources or org dev?

A social enterprise I started a few years ago is finding traction and I have a real opportunity to go back to study part time while continuing to work. I want to build on some early work I did with volunteer fundraising training and operations management. What stinks or swims charities is volunteer participation. I am trying to find courses - master's, certificates, short courses (anywhere, online preferred) geared at volunteer management, community organising, political organising, and especially human resource management or human resource development with underserved populations. Can you signpost me? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 4:05 PM - 2 answers

Mediation music to use for studying

Hi HiveMind! I am always on the quest for good music to listen to to help me concentrate, relax and focus when writing and studying. My go to's had been Steve Halpern, Hemi-sync and some others (white noise, rain). I have really been enjoying Deepak Chopra, he really helps calm me down, but I want more of a mediation soundtrack then the voice overs. I really like the music in this one. Any ideas?
posted by TRUELOTUS at 2:58 PM - 8 answers

January 8

Forbidden Muhammad

Would it be insensitive to display a controversial cartoon of Muhammad in a graduate school seminar, and to assign a short project based on it? The course responds to contemporary culture images, and we do weekly quick writes. [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 4:39 PM - 51 answers

Help me find a particular book on statistics.

Years ago I came across an introductory book on statistics that introduced the topic by means of a metaphor of a pile of sand (possibly dirt) dropped off in a front yard. As I recall, the author drew the parallel that statistics was the effort to describe the shape and size of the pile of sand. This is all that I can remember of the book (other than my wish that I'd bought it). Does this decription ring any bells?
posted by jperkins at 10:10 AM - 4 answers

January 6

A history of Socialism. For kids.

Our 12-year-old has expressed some interest in the history of socialism and communism. I would love to find him some resources that aren't quite as blatantly one-sided and dismissive or even flat-out wrong as I've been able to find so far (like a video titled: "Socialism: From Marx to Obama" for example, ugh). I'm a staunch European social-democrat myself, so I can tell him a little about what I know myself, but I'd love to supplement it with some good, easy reading, and maybe some video.
posted by monospace at 11:04 AM - 11 answers

January 5

Can't scribe, want to do math

Entering old age I want to revisit undergraduate mathematics from decades ago. In this plan (fantasy?) I will go through text books & web sources to replicate and extend what I once knew (or what I think I knew!). The problem: a slight finger tremor (nothing lethal or degenerate) makes writing difficult and borderline illegible, even to me. [more inside]
posted by Kevin S at 4:36 PM - 14 answers

Becoming a Teacher in NC

Recently my partner has expressed interest in becoming a full-time public school teacher in the state of North Carolina. He graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2011 with a B.A. in political science and a 2.3 GPA. He has begun researching possible colleges to apply to in order to obtain the necessary teaching license, however, it is looking like most of the teaching programs have a requirement that the GPA be 2.5 or higher. Does anyone have any suggestions or know of a school with a teaching program that does not have a GPA requirement? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
posted by elk23 at 11:10 AM - 13 answers

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