Not much has changed in a hundred years or so

Most of the articles and reports I have been wading through in my attempt to track changes in how Latin has been taught (in order to discover what’s the dominate style now and how long it has been so) are from the decades around the 1900s. However, not only are many of the very entertaining to read, but it’s very hard to even tell from reading them that they argue a reform in Latin pedagogy from a time when nearly all of the incoming freshmen class to a college would have some Latin under their belts. The authors complain about all the same problems we could find today–few students continue Latin in college, fewer after the second year. The main argument seems to be about the final goal of college Latin: the ability to read Latin or to translate Latin (yes, there is a different, I am detailing what it is at the moment).

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Sequencing unpleasantness

So after weeks of trying to get my other cloning reactions to work (two out of five are stalled at the moment), I finally bit the bullet and decided to actually try to sort out my sequencing data from my first two putative clones of the first region of my protein.

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Creative Financing of Higher Education

One of the central influences of the legislation has been increased tuition rates in order to compensate for the state’s continued lack of funding. Better linking corporate R&D with university research is only one mechanism for increasing W&M’s revenue stream.

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Saigon Saigon

From the ninth floor of the rooftop bar at the Caravelle hotel, I am treated to a spectacular view of Ho Chi Minh City. I’ve been here over six weeks already and have already learned more than I thought I would. In terms of medicine and HIV, Vietnam is startlingly similar to us and yet remains a world apart. Doctors here earn slightly more than $1000 US dollars a month. Everyone gets an ultrasound because that’s the equipment they have. And, as expected, every treatment prescribed is a strange mix of Western biomedicine and traditional Eastern forms of healing.

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