February 16 - February 23, 2014

What really predicts college success?  How do we promote innovation?  Should a school adopt an honor code?  Big questions this week, and some stories that serve as good reminders to keep on keeping on.

FEATURED ARTICLES

          Harvard Designs New Spaces to Promote Innovation, Interaction
          Harvard Magazine, 2/19/14
          "The report begins with a series of stage-setting adjectives, meant to capture 
          SEAS faculty members' aspirations for their new campus:  Open.  Connected.  
          Active.  Transparent.  Livable.  Sunlit.  Social.  Flexible."

          Stimulants Show No Effect on Long-Term Academic Performance
          Nature, 2/12/14
          "For academic achievement, only the group receiving medication and behaviour 
          therapy combined outperformed [others].  By three years in, the four groups had 
          become indistinguishable on every measure.  Treatment conferred no lasting 
          benefit in terms of grades, test scores, or social adjustment."


COGNITIVE SCIENCE

          Optimism is Hard-Wired Into Our Brains
          Farnam Street, 2/10/14

CREATIVITY

          7 Elements of Silicon Valley's Culture of Innovation
          Fast Company, 2/11/14

          At What Age Are We Most Creative, and Why?
          Quartz, 2/15/14

          What's Up With Dishonesty Leading to More Creativity?
          Pacific Standard, 2/20/14

          How Improvisation (and Conversation?) Promotes Creativity
          Brilliant Blog, 2/17/14

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS 

          Ditch the SATs?  Grades Are Better Predictors of College Success
          NPR, 2/18/14

CURRICULUM

          How To Build a Coding Culture
          EdSurge, 2/18/14

DISPOSITIONS 

          A Reminder of What Persistence Looks Like
          Farnam Street, 2/12/14

DIVERSITY 

          Private Schools, Race, and the NFL
          New York Times, 2/20/14

HIGHER ED

          Kristof Calls For the Return of Professors to Prominence
          New York Times, 2/15/14

          Are Growing Endowments Bad for America?
          Bloomberg, 2/20/14

HUMANITIES 

          Long Live the Great American Novel
          Salon, 2/16/14

          Can We Get Over the Great American Novel Already?
          Los Angeles Times, 2/18/14

READING/WRITING

          How Twitter Helped an Intellectual Learn to Write
          New Yorker, 2/12/14

          Why Did USC Shutter Its Professional Writing Program?
          LA Weekly, 2/20/14

SOCIAL MEDIA

          Interview With a Researcher on How Kids Use Social Media
          Fast Company, 2/18/14

STEM

          Swarm Robots: An Alternative to Smart Machines
          Boston, 2/13/14

TECH

          Video Games Help Students With Dyslexia
          KQED, 2/16/14

          ALISON is the 2nd Biggest MOOC, and You've Never Heard Of It
          EdSurge, 2/17/14

WORKPLACE

          Why We Need Checklists
          Farnam Street, 2/11/14

          Feeling Busy Diminishes Performance
          Fast Company, 2/19/14

OTHER

          NC Head of School Announces Snow Day In Rap
          YouTube, 2/12/14

          When an Ivy League Degree Can Be A Liability
          New York Times, 2/13/14

          UK Government Creates a "Nudge Team"
          Independent, 2/9/14

          Harvard Faculty Discuss Adopting An Honor Code
          Harvard Magazine, 2/5/14