Congrats to This Year’s College Freshmen

It's been quite a year, for all of us. It's hard to think of anyone who has not been affected in some way by the global pandemic of COVID-19. From the elderly, to the health care workers, to the unemployed, to the families with young school age children, this past year has disrupted our lives. … Continue reading Congrats to This Year’s College Freshmen

Three Cheers for the Ivies

Here was the heading in a Wall Street Journal story today: The Ivy League Is Still on the Sidelines. Wealthy Alumni Are Not Happy. followed by this sub-heading: Billionaire Joe Tsai’s rebuffed offer to fund a lacrosse ‘bubble’ is one sign of how pressure is mounting on the conference that never returned to the field. … Continue reading Three Cheers for the Ivies

A Different Way to Get Ready for the Semester

  I start teaching in a little less than two weeks, and in addition to getting all the course material ready, I also thought I'd check out my classrooms this week to make sure everything was there that I would need and that I knew how to work the technology. Plus I had to take … Continue reading A Different Way to Get Ready for the Semester

Music Monday: What’s the Best Way to Cope with the Pandemic?

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal describes the results of a research study that examined which activities worked best to lift people’s moods during the COVID pandemic. Sex and drugs were among the 43 options participants could choose from, along with exercise, cooking, social media, video calls, and various types of entertainment. The … Continue reading Music Monday: What’s the Best Way to Cope with the Pandemic?

Research Suggests Help for Loneliness

In today's Wall Street Journal, Susan Pinker shares the results of a 2019 study led by Lauren Powell, now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. The study looked at whether getting a dog improved the owner’s activity level, cardiovascular health, and psychological state. On the physical side, owning a dog did not seem … Continue reading Research Suggests Help for Loneliness

To plan or not to plan?

Many of Dan Ariely’s recent columns have focused on COVID-19 issues and his current one is no exception. Here’s a question a reader posed: Dear Dan, The holidays are right around the corner, but I’ve been hesitating to make plans to visit family or host a party. The changing Covid-19 situation means that any plan … Continue reading To plan or not to plan?