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Survey says email is good, collaboration is better

04/07/2009

A recent survey conducted on Saybrook’s technology tools shows that most Saybrook classes are barely scratching the potential of communications technology.

According to the online survey, developed by Saybrook’s Dean of Instruction Eric Fox, the vast majority of students (73%) usually keep in touch with faculty via email, and almost never with text messaging or chat with audio or video.  About half of students reported using listservs to develop group discussions in classes, and less than a quarter reported that classes use blogs, wikis, or online portfolios.
 
By the same token, email is by far the most popular technology asked for, with an overwhelming majority (80%) saying they were “very interested” in contacting faculty through email.  No other technology scored as well, but 80% students reported that they were at least “somewhat interested” in the use of online bulletin boards, videos, self-paced online tutorials, and audio clips/podcasts. A majority of students also expressed interest in the use of online chatrooms or instant messaging, phone conferencing, blogs, wikis, electronic portfolios, listservs, and audio or video chats.
 
Students also say they’d like opportunities for increased collaboration.  Just over half of students (57.4%) would like to collaborate more with other students on projects or courses, and a majority of students (74.7%) either felt that Saybrook’s technological tools were insufficient for building community among students, or were neutral on the question.

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Saybrook announces the Jim and Elizabeth Bugental scholarship fund

04/07/2009

Admirers, alumni, and friends of Saybrook have established a scholarship fund in the memory of Saybrook founder James F.T. Bugental, PhD, and Elizabeth Keber Bugental, PhD. 

The scholarship will support Saybrook students interested in studying the tradition of existential and experiential psychotherapy developed in the teaching and writing of Jim and Elizabeth. 

“Many in the Saybrook community have been deeply moved and influenced by Elizabeth and Jim,” said Saybrook President Lorne Buchman, “and the creation of this annual award is an opportunity to demonstrate our gratitude for and recognition of their enduring contributions to humanistic thought and practice. 

In the commencement address that Elizabeth gave to Saybrook graduates in 2006, she encouraged our students to “bear daily witness to the glory of the human spirit, the power of determination, the joy of connection, and the endurance of love.”

“In their lives, Elizabeth and Jim did just that,” Buchman says, “and we are proud that their names will continue to be connected to Saybrook through this new scholarship.”

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Seattle Job Opening - Public Affairs Manager at Building Changes

04/02/2009
http://antiochalumniblog.com/seattle-job-opening-public-affairs-manager/Building Changes believes everyone deserves the opportunity for a home, healthy life, and a good job. We unite public and private partners to create innovative solutions through expert advice, grant making, and advocating for lasting change. The Public Affairs Manager will implement agency-wide communications plan, will...

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Alumna Rivka Bertisch Meir, PhD ’05 Announces Launching of LIFE AND HEALTH TV CHANNEL

04/02/2009
Rivka Bertisch Meir, PhD ’05 Announces launching of LIFE AND HEALTH TV CHANNEL, providing the International Hispanic Community tools to improve their quality of life. The purpose of this program is to provide the world Hispanic Community the know how to improve their quality of life guided by highly qualified professionals. It will simultaneously open doors and opportunities to the...

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Seattle Job Opening - AUS Core Faculty Member, Science Education

04/02/2009
http://www.antiochseattle.edu/about/jobs_sciedfaculty.htmlAntioch University Seattle's Center for Programs in Education is looking for a core faculty member, science education. Review of applications begins April 22 and will continue until the position is filled. Start date is Sept. 1st, 2009. For all the details go to:http://www.antiochseattle.edu/about/jobs_sciedfaculty.html

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Dreams are made of better stuff

03/24/2009

It was, according to the New York Times, a breakthrough in the study of dreams.

“(S)ocial scientists now have answers,” about what dreams “mean,” wrote Times science blogger John Tierny, “and really, it’s about time.”

He was referring to a meta-analysis published by the APA showing that “people engage
in motivated interpretation of their dreams and that these interpretations impact their everyday lives.”

In other words, there is a selection bias in the way we interpret dreams:  we’re more likely to act on the basis of dreams that reinforce our existing prejudices, and less likely to believe in dreams that tell us things we don’t want to hear.

Voila! Tierny wrote.  These “suspiciously convenient correlations” mean that your dreams mean “whatever your bias says.”  Problem solved.

Saybrook’s experts in dream studies are not impressed. 

“I find it interesting and not a little amusing that one should do studies to show that our cultures and belief systems influence how we interpret dreams,” says Claire Frederick, a faculty member in Saybrook’s Mind-Body Medicine and Consciousness and Spirituality programs.  “From a strictly neuroscience point of view, this seems obvious.”

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Be a Librarian: See the World

03/24/2009

For Annemarie Welteke, the only problem with her job as a librarian is the marketing:  she thinks the Navy stole her slogan.
 
“You know how they used to say ‘see the world, join the Navy?’” Saybrook’s librarian asks.  “I always think of it as:  see the world, become a librarian.  I know it’s not so common an experience, but really the job of librarian is much the same throughout the world.  Having worked in five different countries, I can practice as a librarian anywhere.”
 
Recently she had a chance to prove it, when – as the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright Senior Specialist award – Annemarie served as a peer advisor to the national library of Bahrain, and to the library of the University of Bahrain. 
 
For anyone else, this might have been the opportunity of a lifetime.  But for Annemarie, it was one more stop in a lifetime of opportunities. 
 
Annemarie’s career has taken her from Japan (three years) to Ethiopia (nine years) to India (one year) and to the U.S.  Here at Saybrook, she found her intellectual home – but of course she wanted to travel again.  

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Research Opportunity: Discover the "Power of Place"

03/24/2009

We’ve all been to a “special place” – even if we couldn’t explain what that meant.  Some places are romantic, others profound, and some have history written all over them.

How does that happen?  How do they get that way?  Most importantly, could such places, and the way we relate to them, cultivate them, and care for them, have a powerful impact on what happens there? 

Saybrook Organizational Systems alumna Renee Levi is heading up a new research project on the Power of Places to influence people and events. 

The Powers of Place Collaborative (website currently under construction) is an 18-month initiative supported by the Fetzer Institute and the Berkana Institute that will “catalyze a new field of study and practice based on the premise that right relationship between people and the places in which they gather offers the potential for transformative action needed change in the world,” Levi says. 

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Is a "Nanny" state a "healthy" state?

03/24/2009

It didn’t get much buzz in America, but across the pond Britons are still talking (so we’re told) about a BBC commentary made last month by Dr Alan Maryon-Davis, the President of the UK Faculty of Public Health.

In it, Dr. Maryon-Davis says that public health has become a significant enough social issue that the government must intervene at far more significant levels to ensure participation and effectiveness.  Sound like a “nanny state?”  Yes, says Maryon-Davis, it does:  and that’s not a bad thing.

“Is the government 'nannying' us too much” to help prevent killers like heart disease, strokes, and cancer?  Maryon-Davis writes.  “Is it trying too hard to micro-manage our health?  I say firmly - no.”

Here at Saybrook, many faculty have been advocating a changing governmental role in health care for years:  Mind-Body Medicine faculty member Marie DiCowden, for example, has overseen public hearings on the way the government – at all levels – can encourage best practice. 

But at the same time, DiCowden says, the idea of “nannying” doesn’t seem to get it quite right.

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Building America's first "green highway"

03/24/2009

Imagine a highway stretching along the coast from California to Mexico – with alternative, eco-friendly fuels available at every rest stop.  Need compressed natural gas?  Electricity?  Biodiesel?  Hydrogen?  They’d offer it to every car that passes by.

That’s the dream of three state governors - Gov. Chris Gregoire in Washington, Gov. Ted Kulongoski in Oregon, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in California – who envision America’s first “Green Highway” across 1,300 miles of coastland. 

If the idea can clear federal and state regulations … not to mention opposition from business groups who say alternative refueling stations at rest stops would take business away from nearby private entities … it would be a milestone in both American environmentalism and inter-state cooperation. 

Nancy Southern, who directs Saybrook’s Organizational Systems program, says it also might be a good reason to finally buy an alternative fuel vehicle.

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