Monthly Archives: February 2014

Title IX and UCSD Athletics

Title IX of the US Education Amendment of 1972 states that: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any … Continue reading

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When Grownups Take the SAT

Elizabeth Kolbert’s piece in the upcoming issue of the New Yorker magazine describes the author’s experience taking the SATs as a adult and tells the story of a mother who decides to take them in order to helpĀ  her son … Continue reading

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Documentary film review essays

Here are a few examples of essays that review controversial documentary films. All of the essays are fairly short, providing a good model for the length of the essay you are writing. They are all also valuable because they do … Continue reading

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What’s your IQ?

If you would like to check out your answers on more of the questions, here is a link to the short practice test version of the Welscher intelligence test for children (WISC), which we looked at in class. Malcolm Gladwell … Continue reading

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What’s left of the Superconducting Super Collider

In the late 1980s, the Superconducting Super Collider was president Ronald Reagan’s multi-billion dollar scientific dream project—the world’s biggest high energy atomic particle detector. After Congress pulled the plug, what remains is the “most expensive hole in Texas.” http://www.amusingplanet.com/2010/12/abandoned-remains-of-superconducting.html (For … Continue reading

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“ENIAC Girls” documentary

Here is a link to website raising money to produce a documentary about the six women who programmed the world’s first electronic computer, ENIAC. http://eniacprogrammers.org/ It corrects an error I made on Thursday: it was not one of the original … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs & Bill Gates – Computer Heroes

Jacob raised a good question regarding a slide I posted during Thursday’s lecture labeling Steve Jobs and Bill Gates “computer heroes.” Sure they were big shots and influential, but why call them “heroes”? I replied that this was in reference … Continue reading

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