This has been under the radar for some time, but I have been working on a series of podcasts called Light Bulb Moments for the Decision Theater blog of the same name.
Here is the link to the first, on the Pandemic ‘flu exercise.
Laurie Roberts’ analysis of Arizona’s education cuts by myopic legislators, for once puts things in perspective. It also adds to the pile of colorful ways to describe what Arizona faces if it goes through with the proposed budget cuts.
Sure, everyone’s trying to do more with less, but more powerful than the metaphors is how a writer can put things in perspective:
“Put another way, the state would be supplying $358 less to educate today’s college student than it did 20 years ago. Adjusted for inflation, the state is kicking in roughly half of what it contributed 20 years ago.”
Of course she also notes that “the ripest, juiciest and most available budget that can be squeezed” has always been the universities.
Since it’s Friday, thought I’d share something far removed from the social media and marketing stuff you see here. Call it my glass-is-half-full story.
I work with people with an unusual skills at the Decision Theater. But how often do you find someone who could put together a home-made teleprompter? With nothing more than a cardboard box, a sheet of glass he pilfered from me, some buggy freeware, and a bit of duct tape, my colleague Dustin Hampton is ready to shoot a series of videos featuring simulated news reports.
The laptop makes the mirrored text scroll onto the flat screen monitor taped down at a 45-degree angle. It is then reflected up at the sheet of glass –on the other side of the camera you see here!
Yes, like everyone else in the state, the universities are facing budget cuts. But there’s work to be done. This project involves pandemic flu planning. I like to think of this as our way of not sitting back and waiting for the sun to rise.
(cross posting from LightBulb Moments)
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For Time magazine’s pick of the top 50 inventions for 2008 Arizona State University made the list.
The invention? Green Crude, as they called it. A carbon-neutral biofuel bred by algae. Time acknowledged the work of professor Milton Sommerfeld, and Qiang Hu.