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When considering a career, use data as a guide February 24, 2012

One of the best sources of information for career planning and guidance comes from the United States government. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) not only reports  on national employment and unemployment rates, but also offers detailed reports on employment according to  job and industry as well as projections for future growth. You can find this information in the BLS’s Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH). While the BLS is set to release a revised OOH in late March (containing data gathered in  2010) you can still access the older data set from 2008 , bearing in mind the data was published before the collapse of Lehman Brothers, an event widely seen as triggering our most recent financial panic. (more…)


Scrawl Season 3, Episode 6: Scrawl Gets Interviewed February 21, 2012

On this very special episode of Scrawl, the team talks with Molly Rentscher from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She stops in to talk about her current research for her senior thesis on diversity in Writing Centers.  The gang talks briefly with Molly about her research, but the tables turn when she starts to interview them.  Yes, you heard it right, the gang opens up and gets serious.


Scrawl also has their most impressive, yet still very wrong attempt at the word of the day.  What do you think?



On Open Access Scholarship February 18, 2012

“Open Science, Open Minds.” That’s the slogan of Intech, an online resource with a wealth of science journals (and books) available for download, for free! I remember stumbling upon Intech and thinking, “Why didn’t I know about this sooner?” Upon posting the link to Intech on the various geography facebook groups I frequent, responses from my fellow geographers directed me to more open access journals related to the field as made available at the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). From boycotts  of publisher prices to journal costs scaled by a subscriber’s income, questions about how journals are made accessible and exclusive are on the rise. Upon investigating further, I find myself barely grazing the edges of an exciting and growing movement in free knowledge.  Knowing that I have barely scratched the surface, I am curious to know what Open Access Journal resources my peers have come across, and what thoughts you have on this phenomena?


What is YOUR favorite Chicago used bookstore? November 9, 2011

With the closing of Borders, it’s starting to seem like there are more used bookstores in Chicago than first-hand bookstores. Certainly used bookstores ARE “green” — keeping paper out of landfills — and are exemplars of recycling — paper, of course, but ideas and images too. I love prowling through used bookstores. Do you?  (more…)


Friday Forums in the Loop October 19, 2011

On Sept. 30,  the Collaborative for Multilingual Writing and Research (CMWR) held its first Friday Forum of the Fall. As a new CMWR member, I was eager to partake in the meeting. One of the purposes of Friday Forums is for multilingual writers to meet with one another and discuss articles pertaining to language, writing and culture. In the past, these meetings have covered a wide array of topics ranging from people’s perspectives on politically correct language to immigrants’ struggles on the borderlands to addressing whether men or women tend to dominate conversations. (more…)


Why Can’t Shakespeare Go to Jail?: Thoughts on Literature Banned from American Prisons October 17, 2011

Banned Books Week is an annual time to recognize and contemplate the “objectionable” literature in America: texts that sects of society have deemed morally, religiously, sexually, racially, whatever-it-may-be-ly reprehensible.



Research Team to Present at MWCA Conference This Week October 16, 2011

Exciting things are happening for the Research Team, not the least of which is our upcoming presentation at this year’s Midwest Writing Centers Association conference. This year the conference is being held in Madison, Wisconsin, and later this week members of the research team will be traveling to the dairy state to present findings from our ongoing research project, PWTARP. (more…)