The Weekly Read: Professor Dumpster, Research Blogs, and Funding Fixes

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Here’s our weekly roundup of the best higher education news and commentary from around the Web. Have a piece to add to our list? Let us know on Twitter using #WeeklyRead.

News & Notes

The Simple Life in a Dumpster—An environmental science professor has left his 2,500-square-foot home for a 36-square-foot open-air trash bin. So, who is “Professor Dumpster,” and what’s he thinking? (The Atlantic)

Meet the 2014 MacArthur Fellows—A Physicist, Cartoonist, Civil Rights Lawyer, Jazz Composer. Meet the 21 scholars named to this year’s class of MacArthur Fellows. (MacArthur Foundation)

Top Scientists Suggest a Few Fixes For Medical Funding Crisis—Biomedical science has a long history of financial ups and downs. Is there a solution for the future? (NPR)

Advice & Commentary

Listening to Students in Discussion—A class discussion where the teacher pre-determines the outcome is just a lecture in disguise, writes Chris Friend. So, sit back, let the conversation flow, and take some notes along the way. (Hybrid Pedagogy)

Growing Into Mid-Career Mentorship—Being a mid-career academic can be tricky; You’re not the newbie anymore, but you don’t feel senior enough to pass down words of wisdom. Here’s how to navigate this stage of your career and your mentorship. (Tenure, She Wrote)

Should Doctoral Researchers Blog?—The most common answer: It depends. Here’s an overview of the peaks and pitfalls of keeping a blog during your doctoral years. (Pat Thompson)

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