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KU professor says phones, cars shouldn't mix

There has actually been some good research done regarding cell phone usage and driving. Strayer and Johnston did a nice research article (Driven to distraction) that conducted various experiments that I highly recommend reading if you want more info regarding how cell phone usage affects driving. This research comes from a cognitive POV and looks at your ability to divide attention and allocate resources to do both and how that impairs your driving.

June 21, 2013 at 8:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU planning to launch 15 new online programs over 5 years under new deal with startup company

I agree! Especially in those advanced degree classes. I think some of the basic classes are fine to have online, but when class discussion betters the learning process, on campus has it beat. In my grad school we would walk into class w/ our readings done and discuss and analyze the findings and research for the entire 3 hours, sometimes longer. Bouncing ideas off of each other and having that interaction is very beneficial for higher education. Classes where the professor lectures directly off a powerpoint and there is no class discussion...that's a different story.

June 5, 2013 at 12:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence approves citywide curbside recycling program to begin in October 2014

It is either in Oregon or Washington that have a recycling program that allows people to recycle as much as they desire (have as many bins as they need) and they charge people for how many trash cans they have. I'm just briefly looking through Oregon's state law on recycling and their goals and aims. "In 2010, Oregon met its 50 percent statewide recovery goal." http://www.deq.state.or.us/lq/sw/recy... It looks like they even provide a mini can option for trash cans. There are some states that are doing recycling very well and researching into how they implemented their programs could prove to be useful.

March 27, 2013 at 9:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Do you think preschool is important for childhood development?

I was in pre-school for 2 years and I was in daycare from when I was 2 and it had nothing to do with my parents being self-interested in their personal lives. It was because they needed to work so they could provide for their family. I'm a huge supporter and advocate for pre-school. It allows for a gradual change in a child's life in preparation for attending school. The child starts to get into the routine and structure of being in school before they are in kindergarten. My older sister never went to preschool (partly because my mom is an immigrant and didn't know that preschool existed until it was time for me to start going) and she had a lot of problems in her early years of school. Whereas I was already in the routine of going to school by the time I was in kindergarten and excelled in my classes. My sister turned out fine and her struggles in her first couple of years didn't hinder her academic progress at all and she graduated with honors and completed her BA in 3 1/2 years. I too graduated with honors and completed my BA in 3 1/2 years. I just think it helps the child ease into schooling.

March 25, 2013 at 10:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

District orders changes to 8th grade slavery lesson

This reminds me a lot of Zimbardo's Stanford Prison Experiment without taking it as far as Zimbardo did in the 70s. It is a powerful lesson.

February 19, 2013 at 9:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Disgruntled Kansans take to Facebook with concerns about state agency

Agreed. While I found a minimum wage job while I looked for a full time job, it was a nightmare trying to find a full-time job. And I have an advanced degree and have been constantly employed since I was 14 (I'm 24 now). I started applying for jobs in December and was only offered one at the end of August that was actually a worthwhile position. Yet everywhere I went people told me how there are tons of jobs out there. Great. You go find one. This was really the only year that I was in the job market since I have always been a student, but I can tell you from experience that this economy made it very difficult to secure a full-time position. I applied to well over 400 positions all over the US and some international opportunities as well.

Point being, it is tough to find a job.

December 31, 2012 at 2:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )