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Write to a person, not an audience

first_imgI once heard Elizabeth Gilbert speak, and she said a key to her work is writing is to an audience of one — whom she knows. When she writes with a particular person in mind, it makes her writing stronger.I think this is great advice for anyone – including us.Whether you are writing an appeal or a grant proposal or a call to action — or a novel — write with one person in mind. Name that person, describe that person and connect with that person with your words.It’s a great trick for avoiding the dreaded audience of “the general public” and the lifeless, writing-by-committee messaging that will result.Cartoon by Tom Fishburnecartoonlast_img read more

Top court refuses to hear case of Manitoba referee injured on line

first_imgOTTAWA – The Supreme Court will not hear the long-running case of a hockey referee who was seriously injured during a minor-league game in Manitoba.Derrick Henderson was officiating a 2002 peewee game in Brandon when he collided with a player during a line change and was left with permanent neck and back injuries.While all sides acknowledged the collision was unintentional, Henderson sued the team’s coach for negligence.The trial judge sympathized with Henderson’s injuries, but ruled the collision was an unfortunate accident for which no fault could be found.The Manitoba Court of Appeal upheld that ruling, so Henderson asked the Supreme Court for a review.The high court on Thursday denied the referee’s application for leave to appeal.last_img read more

News Release Rice joins national organization focused on improvement of teaching and

first_imgAddThis Share3Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduRice joins national organization focused on improvement of teaching and diversity in STEM fieldsHOUSTON – (March 3, 2016) – Rice University is one of 25 research universities that are new members of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), a national initiative to increase the number and diversity of graduates in the STEM fields.CIRTL was established in 2003 with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to improve the teaching skills and diversity of future university faculty members in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The center is operated within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) in the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s School of Education.With the addition of Rice and other new members like Yale, Columbia and Northwestern universities, CIRTL’s membership includes 46 research universities that produce one-third of U.S. doctoral degrees in STEM majors.“Through our involvement in CIRTL, Rice is excited to continue our efforts for graduate students, to support educational initiatives and to contribute to the national conversation about effective teaching in STEM disciplines,” said Joshua Eyler, director of Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence. Improving education is one of Rice’s ongoing priorities.As CIRTL members, universities commit to developing local learning communities that promote proven teaching and mentoring techniques for their STEM graduate students.“The Center for Teaching Excellence, the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and faculty are all collaborating to develop Rice’s CIRTL offerings,” Eyler said.Robert Mathieu, director of CIRTL and WCER, said education research has shown that ineffective teaching often is the reason students leave STEM degree programs. “Knowing this, and that 80 percent of the Ph.D. students in the nation are educated at only 100 research universities, we realized the huge leverage and potential impact of training graduate students to become effective teachers before they become STEM faculty members,” he said.CIRTL stresses the use of evidence-based strategies proven to promote active learning and help STEM students from all backgrounds succeed and complete their degrees. Teaching strategies include connecting classroom topics to real-world situations, promoting inclusive learning, encouraging teamwork through shared projects and study groups, continually assessing student progress and using research skills to advance effective teaching practices. CIRTL’s member universities also develop their own programs, all built on the CIRTL core ideas of teaching-as-research, learning communities and learning-through-diversity.The project is supported by the NSF, Great Lakes High Education Corporation and Affiliates and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.-30-For more information, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amym@rice.edu.This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related Materials:CITRL Network website: http://www.cirtl.net/Rice University Center for Teaching Excellence: http://cte.rice.edu/Photo link: http://news.rice.edu/files/2015/09/0915_USNEWS-campus.jpgPhoto credit: Rice University.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceUniversity.If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005last_img read more