… in the Minneapolis Star Tribune notes that the most charitable description of what’s been going on at the clubby University of Minnesota medical school would be “bizarre.”
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
The Gopher Who Became a Louisville Slugger
Gopher Gleanings from Jim Chen
Jim Chen, a former University of Minnesota law school professor, now dean of the law school at Louisville, has a recent post on MoneyLaw: Gopher Gleanings. There is a very nice graphic in the post that includes a play on demand version of the Minnesota rouser. Apparently Dean Chen is quite the HTML jockey. Mr. B. can only give a hint of what is in store for the interested reader by posting the hockey playing gopher. I am forced to concede HTML superiority to a lawyer. How embarrassing. My sister and nephew - both lawyers - will find this amusing.
On a more serious note Jim has a few words to say about the opinion piece by OurProvost - "Universities as Places and Spaces of Imagination" - and the speech of Dr. Faust upon her recent inauguration as Harvard president - "Ambitious Imaginings." Mr. B. has previously posted on these works.
The Periodic Table is cited in Jim's post as is my esteemed colleague at the Morris campus, PZ Meyers, the blogger currently known as Pharyngula. Jim accurately notes: "There is, not to put too fine a point on it, a whiff of sarcasm in The Periodic Table's review of Provost Sullivan's ode to tenure and academic imagination." To which I plead guilty, as charged.
Let's hope that soon we can have a realistic conversation about "ambitious aspirations to be one of the top three public research universities in the world [sic]." We need to put this nonsense behind us and chart a course that will lead us to being in the top half of the Big Ten.
at 10:15 PM