Professors on the Internet


Brown professors are, inarguably, some of the coolest people out there. Not only are they wicked smaht, but they also find creative ways to make the material fun and relevant (Andy van Dam, anyone?). My linguistics professor once talked about Brangelina and other “celebrity ships” and, needless to say, spurred some much needed laughter, and, you know, concern curiosity about how much time professors actually spend on Tumblr. Many professors even have social media platforms that they use to interact with students, or simply keep as personal accounts to document their extracurricular interests. This is great because, really, who doesn’t want to know more about these amazing people beyond the online CVs and LinkedIn pages we all stalk?

Richard Heck (Philosophy):


“Most of what I put on it at first was just technical stuff: how to do this or that on my computer, since I’d always look these things up, figure them out, and then forget. It was as much for my own use as anyone else’s, and I actually do look stuff up there from time to time. The most read post on my blog, in fact, is this . By a very, long way. It’s had five more hits than any other page. Lately, I’ve mostly been putting recipes on the blog. You probably know my daughter, Isobel, and when she was moving into her apartment for this year, she asked me about various recipes we used to make when she was living at home. So rather than print them out or something, I put them on the blog, or just links to them, if they were already online somewhere. Every once in a while I’ll post something more political. I was doing this a lot last fall, but got busy….”

Thing you don’t want to miss: adorable video of Lily the cat.

Casey Dunn (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology):


“I started my Twitter account because I find it to be a very useful way to stay in touch with colleagues about their research, projects in our lab, and developments in the field.

I started because I really enjoy the intersection of art and science.”

Thing you don’t want to miss: a very relevant tip for when you’re in a… tough spot.

 Joachim Krueger (Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Studies):


“There are 300 posts since early 2009. PT asked me if I would do a blog on self-perception. I said no, but also said that I would do a blog if they gave me a free hand on the topics. So, I have blogged on topics such as free will, happiness, religion, statistics, game theory and social dilemmas among others. The blog is a personal archive of thoughts, ideas, and reviews. I try to keep the audience in mind, but ultimately, I write for myself. Occasionally, I use relevant posts to add to my teaching. In turn, some posts emerge from the teaching experience in class.”

Thing you don’t want to miss: happiness is what??

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What to do this week: February 19 – 21


Thursday, February 19:

If you caught Sunday night’s episode of Girls, you’ll remember that the show introduced a new character named Mimi Rose Howard, who went to RISD and graduated with a BFA in Sculpture. If this reference whet your appetite for gallery-hopping at the neighborhood art school, you’re in luck! Thursday is packed with back-to-back openings. May you meet many young artists who go by “a woman’s name and a man’s name with a flower stuck in the middle of it.”

Event: Apparel Department Opening Reception
Location: Woods-Gerry House, 62 Prospect St.
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.

This exhibition will showcase the work of RISD’s Apparel undergraduates: consider it the Providence version of Fashion Week.

Event: ‘2015 RISD Faculty Biennial’ opening reception
Location: RISD Museum, 224 Benefit St.
Time: 7 – 9:00 p.m.

RISD’s version of the Whitney Biennial, this show highlights new work by the artists and designers who teach at RISD. The museum guarantees a show as diverse as RISD’s course catalog, boasting apparel, textiles, painting, printmaking, ceramics, glass, sculpture, illustration, photography, jewelry, metal-smithing, graphic design, industrial design, architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture, film, animation, digital media, furniture, and more.

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12 Days of Spring Weekend: Professors list their dream lineups


[insert your professor’s face here]

We’ve already seen what lineups blog writers wished for this year, but has anyone ever stopped to think about what professors have to say? They have feelings too, you know! I asked a few professors to list three bands or artists that would compose their dream Spring Weekend lineups (some decided to list a bit more because they don’t play by our rules, man). While some responses were predictable, others revealed a side to them that was previously unknown. Ricky Martin, anyone?

William Warren, Chancellor’s Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences

  • Talking Heads
  • The Strokes
  • Modest Mouse

Ian Sampson, English Graduate Student

  • Beardyman
  • Matmos
  • Huun-Huur-Tu

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Deconstructing a professor’s email response


It’s that time of the year again: when Gmail becomes our best friend (as if it isn’t already). Internship season is here, and midterms are right around the corner, so it’s time to bombard our dear professors with emails asking questions that range from, “Could you please clarify this passage from the reading?” to “Could you please help me figure out life?” The waiting period is always pretty stressful because you never know how they may response, or if they’ll respond at all.

Practically Olaf


Look for: 🙂  😉 😀 ha haha !!!

These professors bring so much joy to my life. They give us hope that adulthood doesn’t always mean complete disenchantment and a darker soul! It may not be appropriate for a student to fill his emails with happy faces and other trendy emoticons, but remember, your professor probably has a bunch of degrees and went to every Ivy League plus Stanford just for kicks, so he can pretty much do whatever he wants. It’s also totally acceptable (and highly encouraged) if he wants to attach a .gif of Beyoncé going berserk at the Super Bowl.

The Mom

Look for: “Stay warm!” “Hope you had a great weekend” “Take care” “Remember to get enough sleep before the midterm and eat a good, balanced breakfast”

Be careful not to call these professors “mom” or “dad” in class, because it totally could happen. You can tell that these professors truly appreciate their students (they actually remember your name!?), and they will make you feel extremely loved. And, as college students who most likely live miles away from home and our pet cuddle buddies, we need all the love and kindness (and free pizza) we can get.

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Professors and their Pets: Connie Crawford

There’s more to professors than their respective academic disciplines. Knowing about one’s pet is a way to know that person better, and we believe that this concept applies to professors here at Brown. Accordingly, we decided to reach out to various profs on campus to learn about their animal friends. Professors and their Pets is BlogDH’s newest series that features professors and…well, their pets. Woof. 

This segment of Professors and their Pets features Connie Crawford from Brown’s TAPS department. Meet Connie’s dog, Mabel Rose Donaghue, and her horse, Moxie.

Rose on Chair

Name: Mabel Rose Donaghue

Animal: Dog

Story behind the name: Mabel Donaghue was a beloved bartender who died just when I adopted Rose. I do not call her Mabel because I know two other cattle dogs named Mabel.

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Crisis in Syria teach-in happening tonight

crisis_in_syriaThe crisis in Syria has been ongoing since March of 2011. On September 4, in a 10 to 7 decision, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the resolution authorizing the United States to strike Syria in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians. The use of chemical weapons killed upwards of 1400 civilians, including at least 400 children. As the international political community directs its attention to the ongoing conflict in Syria, it is imperative that we as college students be informed about the issue. As members of the voting populace, maintaing our status as an informed electorate will help shape the future of this country and of Syria.

Today at 5 p.m., Brown faculty members will hold a teach-in on the conflict in Syria. The professors who will be leading the teach-in are Professors Beshara Doumani (Middle East Studies), Elias Muhanna (Comparative Literature), and Naoko Shibusawa (History); their varied academic disciplines will help shed light on the conflict in a comprehensive, engaging, and incredibly academic manner.

Make sure to head to List 120 for the event. If you can’t make it, you can watch the live stream video at this link. We will also be live-tweeting (follow us @BlogDailyHerald) the event for a real-time lowdown on what our professors are saying. At the end of the event, we hope you will take time to reflect on things you might have learned, as well as the conflict in general. If you feel inspired, reach out to your representatives and express your opinions. Both the Senate and the House have yet to come to a consensus on the future actions of the United States. Every effort you make can help influence the futures of thousands of people.

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