Reading the landscape…

Interesting article that came across my desk today.

David Pritchett explores how we can ‘read’ the cultural landscape and become more educated about the ‘invisible structures’ that exclude people from the land and from the wider permaculture movement.

See: Settlers in the Land: Decolonising Permaculture | Permaculture Magazine

Another article that might be useful for students to engage with and critique in the Laidlaw College Indigenous Theology programme.

See: Indigenous Theology | Laidlaw College

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Higher Education links – cleaning out the Bookmark bar

Clearing out a bunch of things that has been sitting in the Bookmarks bar of my web browser.

Here’s a bunch of links to some interesting higher education posts I saved during the last 6 months.

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The 101 Best Websites for ESL Students in 2016

Useful set of web sites the connect with English as Second Language students that I’ll be forwarding onto my student support staff.

Source: The 101 Best Websites for ESL Students in 2016

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How to Read A Book

Useful to improving the number of books you can read, as well as what you get out of them.

Source: How to Read A Book

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The Radicalization of Luke Skywalker: A Jedi’s Path to Jihad

I pointed something similar out to my students in the BibPop course a few years back when a number wanted to write about religion and Star Wars. Most of them couldn’t see it though.

See: The Radicalization of Luke Skywalker: A Jedi’s Path to Jihad | Decider | Where To Stream Movies & Shows on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant, HBO Go

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Discovering the need for ethics

A really interesting article by biochemist Jennifer Doudna about how she became aware of the ethical dimensions of developing a method for genome-editing and how it affected her. Moves from just ‘doing’ science, to the need to ethical reflection as part of that – as well as the ability to communicate the implications of the science being done.

I am excited about the potential for genome engineering to have a positive impact on human life, and on our basic understanding of biological systems. Colleagues continue to e-mail me regularly about their work using CRISPR–Cas9 in different organisms — whether they are trying to create pest-resistant lettuce, fungal strains that have reduced pathogenicity or all sorts of human cell modifications that could one day eliminate diseases such as muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis or sickle-cell anaemia.

But I also think that today’s scientists could be better prepared to think about and shape the societal, ethical and ecological consequences of their work. Providing biology students with some training about how to discuss science with non-scientists — an education that I have never formally been given — could be transformative. At the very least, it would make future researchers feel better equipped for the task. Knowing how to craft a compelling ‘elevator pitch’ to describe a study’s aims or how to gauge the motives of reporters and ensure that they convey accurate information in a news story could prove enormously valuable at some unexpected point in every researcher’s life.

See: Genome-editing revolution: My whirlwind year with CRISPR

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Endnote fail = New Year’s opportunity?

imagesSo EndNote X4, which has served me faithfully for many, many years, didn’t make it through the upgrade from Mountain Lion to El Capitan on the MacBook. So time to try out the new version of Endnote as well as Papers, Bookends and Mendeley. Will need something that plays nicely with Scrivener and Word 2011 for Mac, and possibly Pages.

This is a little old, but helpful none the same.

Source: Endnote vs …. well, everything else

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Using Scrivener for academic writing

A really useful set of tips for beginning to use Scrivener for academic writing. I’m adding it to my Writing and Research Tools collection – which already has some Scrivener material in it.

Bibliographic software integration still remains somewhat of a kludge – I normally use EndNote with the EndNote codes in my footnotes (e.g. {Garner, 2004 #603@17-18} ) and then do a final bibliographic format with MS Word. Works for me, but a pain to fix a reference sometime and the bibliography ends up only in Word and needs importing back into Scrivener.

See: How I use Scrivener for academic writing | alawuntoherself

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Spirituality & Cancer: Christian Encounters

Cover-Spirituality-and-CancerExcellent to see Tim Meadowcroft and Caroline Blyth’s edited book “Spirituality & Cancer: Christian Encounters” available for online purchasing now.

Real-life, honest, vivid stories from writers who have all encountered cancer in some way, and they look to find some meaning from their experience. Contributors vary from sufferers, carers, medical professionals, pastors, theologians and scientists. They offer no easy answers but they share a common belief that, within this suffering, there is room for faith and spiritual presence.

Source: Accent Publications » Spirituality & Cancer: Christian Encounters

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On parenting

Have been thinking a bit about this during the week, and especially so having just dropped my daughter off at the wharf to go sailing with her classmates on the Spirit of New Zealand for the next five days or so. The Smiggle bit made me smile, and I could imagine having this conversation in the article with any of my children.

At a profound level, she was absolutely correct. I’m nothing without her. All children change their parents’ lives to the extent that sometimes they replace it. After the birth of his eldest child, poet C.K. Stead wrote that enduring line, “I do not want my life back.” We serve to protect them. They become the central fact of our existence. Food, warmth, love, junk from Smiggle – we break our backs to shovel it their way, and hope they say nice things about us after we’re gone.

Source: Steve Braunias: Father’s days – Life & Style – NZ Herald News

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