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Wine, Scientism and Specialization

I complained recently about Mark Mathews new book Terroir and Other Myths of Winegrowing, arguing that it’s obvious to anyone with a passing acquaintance with wine that climate,weather, sun exposure, yeast, bacteria, and soil—all aspects of terroir—help explain wine flavors. 517 more words

Wine Culture

Still Kickin - Lizards & Porn Stars!

Let’s talk about one of my favourite rock bands – Saigon Kick!
(Warning): I really do like to ramble so please bear with me.

Around 8 years ago I really started delving into the hard rock / heavy metal bands of the late 80s & early 90s. 921 more words

Hard Rockin

TFA Cannot Downsize Itself Free of Alumni Concerns-- Especially Diversity Displacement

On March 21, 2016, education historian and activist, Diane Ravitch, posted a communication dated March 17, 2016,  from “a current high-level administrative employee at Teach for America.” The big news is that TFA will be cutting roughly 150 national and regional staff. 3,741 more words

TFA

Friday Rant: Matt Kramer's Poop Storm

There has been a bit of a maelström this past week on social media following the publication of Matt Kramer’s recent column in the Wine Spectator.  915 more words

Wine

Ames Lab gets small with new microscopes

In 2015 Ames Laboratory scientists who investigate materials’ fundamental properties received their Christmas presents early.

In November and December technicians unpacked and installed around $6 million worth of high-tech microscopes, some capable of identifying individual atoms and how they’re arranged in materials. 1,269 more words

University Research

What’s shaking? At this building, not a thing

It’s not a much to look at from the outside. The long, low building just northwest of the Iowa State University campus could be classrooms or offices, maybe for a small manufacturer or a medical practice. 1,258 more words

University Research

TFA Tries to Squash Its Critics via Less Than One Degree of Separation

One of the challenges in writing about corporate education reform concerns the complex web of involvement among corporate reformers, which is often evident in their sitting on each others’ nonprofit boards. 692 more words

TFA