Posts Dated Archive: January 2008

Discomfort and immigration

What I’m reading I just finished a very provocative book from the Carnegie Foundation called The Formation of Scholars. One of the premises of the book is that we have been delivering doctoral education for hundreds of years, and that it should evolve. Are we giving students the right experiences… Read More

An interesting week

This has been a very interesting week to be Dean of our School. One minute I was meeting with a student, another with a chair, reviewing a proposal the next, and then meeting with faculty, staff and students at Kenan-Flagler Business School, where I am chairing the dean search. Late… Read More

Seeing the world in a new way

Marcel Proust said “The true voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” I believe that is only partly true. My sense, having just returned from Abu Dhabi and new landscapes (desert on sea) for me, is that one can view new landscapes with… Read More

More impressions from Abu Dhabi

We had a remarkable day here yesterday. We presented our proposal to develop an environmental plan for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to a group that represented different organizations, including the environmental authority, health authorities and World Health Organization. Our partners included RAND and UAE University. Last night, we and… Read More

First impressions of Abu Dhabi

Photo by Mark Griffin Abu Dhabi is an amazing place where traditional culture co-exists with new technologies. It is common to see women in traditional long black gowns (abaya), with their faces covered, speaking animatedly on cell phones. You hear the call to prayers echo throughout the city while modern… Read More