Newspapers Retract ‘Climategate’ Claims, but Damage Still Done

I’ve been blogging about the climate change issue for some time now. Here’s the latest, which responds to the exposure of private e-mails in which a climatologist is accused of acknowledging deliberately tweaking the data in order to make a stronger environmental case. [N]ot only did British investigators clear the East Anglia scientist at the center of it all, Phil Jones, of scientific impropriety and dishonesty in April, an investigation at…

An Unhappy Day At The Washington Post

“[T]here’s leaning left, and then there’s behaving like an idiot.” —Jeffrey Goldberg (The Atlantic) quotes an unnamed Washington Post source on the resignation of Dave Weigel, who until today covered the political right on a blog for the Washington Post.  Weigel came under fire for blowing off steam in an online forum, where he invited conservative blogger Matt Drudge to set himself on fire (among other improprieties). When his writings…

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication

This document is a code of best practices that helps U.S. communication scholars to interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use. Fair use is the right to use copyrighted material without permission or payment under some circumstances–especially when the cultural or social benefits of the use are predominant. It is a general right that applies even in situations where the law provides no specific authorization for the use in question.…

First set of Seton Hill University students get their iPads

Tomorrow afternoon, about 110 full-time students in SHU’s Writing Popular Fiction MFA program will be given their university-provided iPads.  In addition, the Seton Hill University Griffin Technology Advantage program includes MacBooks for all incoming undergraduates, as well.  I’ll be observing WPF student teaching demonstrations Thursday through Saturday, so I’ll get an early look at how the presence of shiny new iPads will affect the classroom culture.

Apple iBook Reader Lacks "Go Back" Button

Since Seton Hill is giving iPads to all full-time students, I have been looking at the comparative features of several eBook readers. Right now, the Kindle app for the iPad looks good, because it offers notes and highlighting, but it lacks an iintegrated pop-up dictionary, which severely hurts is usefulness to student readers. I like the iBook’s dictionary and its ability to highlight in different colors; the update that was…