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Professors on Facebook, Twitter: Annual survey results released Friday by Pearson and the Babson Research Survey Group say nearly 34 percent of professors use social-media tools in the classroom.

The survey found that, among nearly 4,000 teaching professors, blogs and wiki pages are among professors’ most-preferred teaching tools. Nearly 9 in 10 professors said they use online video in the classroom. The number of faculty members who said resources like social-media tools take too much time to learn dropped significantly in the last year.

Guess that’s another reason to avoid posting your party photos on Facebook.

The fight against sexism in science: Dario Maestripieri, a professor of comparative human development, evolutionary biology and neurobiology at the University of Chicago, came under fire after he posted a reflection on Facebook about the Conference of the Society for Neuroscience.

In it, Maestripieri wrote, “There are thousands of people at the conference and an unusually high concentration of unattractive women. The super model types are completely absent.”

He ended the note with “No offense to anyone.” Word of advice: Any time you have to say, “No offense to anyone,” you’ve got a problem.

Headaches from trying to get around campus: Family Weekend is over, which means there are no more parents meandering along the sidewalk and taking all of the good parking spaces.

Not that we don’t appreciate our families. It sure was great to see Mom and Dad this weekend, score some free meals and be treated to gifts just for hanging out with them for a couple of days.

But still. It’s nice to be able to get places without accidentally photo bombing a family portrait on the UA Mall.

Print journalism: After 79 years of publication, Newsweek magazine has officially decided to go completely digital, with the last issue printing on Dec. 31.

It’s an understandable move, as many readers use the Internet exclusively to get the news, but it’s sad to see such a journalistic stalwart take the plunge. Hopefully Newsweek maintains the impact it’s had over the years once it’s all online.

If it does, maybe the Daily Wildcat can learn a few lessons from it.


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