It Only Took 34 Years for Me to Be the “Cool” Teacher

It was the perfect storm. The weather was forecast to be perfect. Each student has their own portable chair. And I am getting closer and closer to the end of my teaching career. If it was ever going to happen, this seemed like the right time. So I did it. For the first time in … Continue reading It Only Took 34 Years for Me to Be the “Cool” Teacher

It’s Dan Ariely Time!

I'm quite happy that it appears that Dan's column in the Wall Street Journal is back with some regularity because it has always been a great source of material for my blog. And this week is no exception. Here is one of the emails Dan received: Dear Dan, I am obsessed with my blogging stats. … Continue reading It’s Dan Ariely Time!

Thank You to Our Wonderful Alumni

My students just had the best class of the semester, and I did not have to say a word (yes, there is a cause-effect relationship there...) Today we had our annual Global Business Panel sessions for all of our freshmen business students. The Global Business Panels were the brainchild several years ago of Jonathan Doh, … Continue reading Thank You to Our Wonderful Alumni

“Donkeys Liked to Be Touched in the Direction Their Hair Grows…

otherwise, they kick you." That was one of the memorable lines from the documentary American Factory. I found out about the movie from one of my students, who told me that after reading one of the articles for class she thought of this film. American Factory (美国工厂; 美國工廠) is a 2019 American documentary film directed … Continue reading “Donkeys Liked to Be Touched in the Direction Their Hair Grows…

Now This Is My Idea of Productivity – Celebrating the Mundane

Reporter Leah Fessler had a story in this week's New York Times about how important it is to recognize our small wins and routine accomplishments, rather than just wait to celebrate when we have major breakthroughs. According to Teresa Amabile, a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School and co-author of The Progress Principle: … Continue reading Now This Is My Idea of Productivity – Celebrating the Mundane

Wow – This Ivy League School Is Really Lowering Its Standards…

I received the following email today: Hi Jim, The University of Pennsylvania has an opening for a Research Track Associate and/or Full Professor Division of GI, Hepatology and Nutrition in their Philadelphia, PA location. We thought you might be interested in this opportunity. To explore this further you'll find more details and the application instructions … Continue reading Wow – This Ivy League School Is Really Lowering Its Standards…

Me, Nervous? Apparently So…

I start teaching next week, and all my classes will be 100% in person. I will be teaching in a large room that has been reconfigured as a classroom. The room has a social distancing capacity of 40 students, and since my biggest class only has 28 students, there should not be an issue keeping … Continue reading Me, Nervous? Apparently So…

Goodbye, Old Friend

Back in 2014, we bought a used 2006 Toyota Matrix with 130,000 miles on it for $6,000. Along with a Toyota Camry station wagon we bought in the mid-80s, it's been the best car we've ever had. The Matrix currently has over 220,000 miles on it, and over the six years we have owned it, … Continue reading Goodbye, Old Friend

Bathroom Habits in the U.K. and the U.S.

Yes, apparently I have gotten that desperate in keeping my blogging streak alive. But in my defense, I came across this information from one of my more recent go-to sources for blog material - Study Finds, so it's not like I was randomly seeking out articles about people's bathroom habits. A survey commissioned by Homecure … Continue reading Bathroom Habits in the U.K. and the U.S.

Despite Its Long History and Popularity, Is a Handshake a Thing of the Past?

Last week in a post I shared a statistic that close to 75% of participants in a survey believe handshakes are now a relic of the past. I also stated that I would hate to see the handshake go away, and at least a couple people agreed. Brad from commonsensiblyspeaking, commented: "I know that the … Continue reading Despite Its Long History and Popularity, Is a Handshake a Thing of the Past?