Bruno Latour, professor at Sciences Po, is offering a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Entitled “Scientific Humanties” the course comprises eight lectures, running January 20 to March 15, 2014, with an “estimated effort” of 3 hours a week. The course and all assignments will be in English.
Hard to believe, but I am already looking for Summer 2014 Interns! I have posted multiple positions through the University of Alberta Research Experience program.
For international students, the application deadline is October 31, 2013. The internships run from approximately May 1, 2014 to August 30, 2014. Total compensation for the summer is $5,000. Undergraduate students from the following partner institutions are eligible:
- Brazil: UNICAMP, Universidade de São Paulo, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
- China: Fudan Univeristy, Tsinghua Univeristy, Zhejiang University, East China Normal University (ECNU), Sichuan University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
- Germany: Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, Technical University of Munich
- Korea: Seoul National University
- India: IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur, University of Hyderabad
- Mexico: ITESM-Campus Guadalajara
- Oceania: University of Western Australia, Auckland University
- USA: Penn State, University of Wisconsin, University of Texas Austin
For Canadian students, the application deadline is December 31, 2013. The internships run from approximately May 1, 2014 to August 30, 2014. Total compensation for the summer is $6,000.
If you are interested, please apply to my postings — IDs 319, 320 and 321 — through the UARE website.
I was recently interviewed by Nikki Wiart for a story about “Sustainable Microbreweries.” Other interviewees include my University of Alberta colleague Matthew Grimes, and Neil Herbst, owner and founder of Alley Kat Brewing Company, Edmonton’s oldest microbrewery.
The segment covered a range of issues: the importance of distinctiveness and legitimacy, the liability of newness, and some of the policy considerations related to small and large businesses. Below is one quote from the interview:
A lot of small businesses [and] new startups face a similar set of challenges, which [are]: one, around distinctiveness. What is my point of difference? How do I compete in the marketplace? But then [two] also around legitimacy. So, how is it that my customers and other stakeholders are going to take me seriously and think that I am viable? … Whether you are a microbrewery or some other kind of business, those are the kinds of challenges you are facing.
The interview was broadcast on Terra Informa, a weekly environmental program produced by CJSR and syndicated to about 50 radio stations throughout Canada. The interview starts about 2 minutes into the program and runs about 10 minutes long.
In addition to Alley Kat Brewing Company (which was founded in 1994), two other microbreweries call the Edmonton area home: Amber’s Brewing Company (founded in 2007) and Yellowhead Brewery (founded in 2010). Of note, Yellowhead Brewery is located in the space formerly occupied by Maverick Brewing Company (which was founded in 2005 and went out of business in 2007). The Alberta Small Brewers Association counts 11 members throughout the province.
The Global Energy Essay Contest provides an exciting opportunity for college and university students around the world to engage in critical thinking and present their ideas and solutions to tackle the key energy issues that humanity faces today.
The essay contest is open to all students from across the world that are currently enrolled in university working towards a degree program (e.g. B.A., B.S., M.A., M.S, M.B.A, M.Ed., Ph.D., etc.) to take part in the contest.
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2014 to 2024 as the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All and taking inspiration from this, students are invited to share their thoughts by writing a 1,200 to 1,500 word essay on the topic: ”A Vision for The Decade (2014-2024) of Sustainable Energy for All.”
The 1st and 2nd place winners will receive an invitation to the Global Energy Conference at the United Nations on December 11 and 12, 2013. The 1st place winner will also have a speaking opportunity during the award presentation ceremony. Airfare and accommodation to New York, United States will be covered. The top ten finalists will receive certificates from Global Energy Initiative.
The deadline for submission is October 28, 2013. Prize-winners will be announced on November 8, 2013. For essay guidelines and additional contest details visit http://globalenergyinitiative.org.
It has been a little over four months since my paper with Linda Treviño and Raghu Garud on “Values Work: A Process Study of the Emergence and Performance of Organizational Values Practices” was published in the Academy of Management Journal.
This morning, SSRN notified me that it is once again a top download in the IRPN: Innovation & Social Psychology (Topic) All Papers category.
It has been among the Top 50 Most-Read AMJ Articles since being published: March (#5), April (#14), May (#36) and June (#39) 2013.
It’s been too long since I’ve posted any wine reviews. Between the self-imposed financial austerity of my grad school years, and a liquor control regime in Alberta that I am only just learning to navigate, there simply has not been much to report. Perhaps that is finally changing?
Today, I picked up some M. Chapoutier 2010 Domaine de Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem Côtes-du-Roussillon Villages Latour de France. I am planning to decant a bottle tonight. Robert Parker gives it a hard-to-fathom 95-97 points! We shall see. If it comes close to that score, then this wine rates as probably the best bargain I have found in a decade.
According to the Chapoutier website, the Occultum Lapidem is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan. The grapes are all hand harvested and then de-stemmed. Extraction is carried out by punching the cap during maceration (lasting at least four weeks). 14% alcohol. Retails for 13,50 €. I paid CAD $25.99.
I am specifically interested in the eleven year period from 2003-2013, but let me know if you have other editions too. I will be happy to purchase them. Or, if you would like them back, I would be happy to photocopy the information I need and return them to you. You can reach me here.