Brown University Ranking (Consistently Worst in Ivy Leagues)

Brown University has the distinct misfortune of consistently receiving the worst ranking amongst Ivy League schools in the highly regarded US News and World Reports rankings that are released annually. In the Best Colleges 2010 edition Brown came in at the number sixteen overall spot in terms of the most highly prized category of National Universities Rankings. For the 2010 rankings Brown finished one spot behind fellow Ivy League school Cornell University. Unfortunately for the good folks at Brown being affiliated with such a prestigious group as the Ivy League means accepting the reality that when competing in an objective ranking system with such highly regarded institutions at least one member will have to come in last place.

Being a top twenty American university (and in this specific instance a top sixteen university) is certainly no small feat. In fact, the case can easily be made that all of the top tier schools are outstanding institutions of higher education that provide tremendous resources for the brightest students on the planet. Parents all over the world would love to be able to give their children the opportunity to attend the top universities in America.

Brown University, located in Providence Rhode Island, has a storied history that dates back to pre-Revolutionary War days in a time before the United States of America even existed. Founded in 1764 by Baptist, Brown University has been both a proud member of the Colonial Colleges (recognizing the nine oldest North American institutions of higher learning) and the Ivy League which formally adopted the Ivy title only as recently as 1954 to distinguish the athletic conference in which eight academically focused members compete.

The eight schools that make up the Ivy League along with their 2010 US News and World Report ranking are:

  1. Harvard University (tied for number 1: 2010 US News and World Report rank),
  2. Princeton University (tied for number 1: 2010 US News and World Report rank),
  3. Yale University (number 3: 2010 US News and World Report rank),
  4. University of Pennsylvania (number 4: 2010 US News and World Report rank),
  5. Columbia University (number 8: 2010 US News and World Report rank),
  6. Dartmouth College (number 11: 2010 US News and World Report rank),
  7. Cornell University (number 15: 2010 US News and World Report rank), and finally
  8. Brown University (number 16: 2010 US News and World Report rank).

As evident by the co-number one spots (this year Harvard and Princeton) there are ties in the rankings. Also of note is the fact that clearly the Ivy League schools do not simply make up the entire list from positions one through eight. Sprinkled throughout the top sixteen spots are well respected non-Ivy League schools like:

  • Stanford (number 4: 2010 US News and World Report rank),
  • Duke (number 10: 2010 US News and World Report rank),
  • Washington University in St. Louis (number 12: 2010 US News and World Report rank), and
  • Johns Hopkins University (number 14: 2010 US News and World Report rank) among others.

Over the past ten …

They Talk About Sustainability – Really, What Intellectual Fraud And Hypocrisy

The buzz words today are quite interesting but so ill-defined that they can mean anything you want them too, allowing one to prove their point, no matter what their point is. In fact, it’s getting so bad that when people use these terms, there is an unspoken rule that you are not allowed to challenge them on it or else you are a bigot, racist, homophobe, or some sort of hater. What are these words or terms I speak of? Well, let’s discuss two of them shall we?

– Sustainability

– Equality

First, sustainability, that word is now being used in corporations, government, schools, academia, churches, no-profit, military, economics, health care, politics, and even on sports teams. The funny thing is, that just about every time it’s used, it is used in hypocrisy – which is ironic in itself, because using a term in hypocrisy isn’t sustainable either – “trust me” on this, I am a writer and so I “must” be an expert and know these things – see what I mean. So, why do those on the left-side of the political spectrum, especially its leaderships use this word so early and often – I speak of folks such as:

(1) Professors

(2) Big City Planners

(3) Hollywood Celebrities

(4) United Nations Agenda 2030

(5) United States Democratic Leadership

Professors are notorious for using ‘sustainability’ and yet, there is nothing more unsustainable than higher education – as academia continues to raise tuition at rates 10-times that of inflation, all the while University faculty members demand better benefits, higher pay, and expect unprecedented pensions, and once tenured – why bother coming to work – let the grad students lecture and go on long-term sabbatical. This whole unsustainable la, la, land is about to collapse as the student loan bubble bursts, probably in 2017-2018.

Big City Planners use the word sustainable in practically every sentence, but big cities draw resources from far outside their glass kingdom as they throw rocks at the rural folks with heavy tax burdens which is siphoned away to quench the unending thirst of the failing inner cities. Cities like LA, NYC, Chicago, Boston, Denver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco pretend to be sustainable and efficient, but we all know they are not.

Hollywood Celebrities – those wonderful limousine liberals – their whole lives are unsustainable yet they preach to us about climate change as they fly around in private jet aircraft putting out more CO2 than your entire family in a year with one-flight. They think this is alright? Sustainable? Not.

The Democrat Leadership brings us more socialist programs every year, supposedly sustainable and affordable due to economies of scale, but there is nothing affordable or sustainable about ObamaCare or anything else they put forth. But, they do it in the name of “equality” and without equality, our society is unsustainable.

Fact is, in nature there is no such thing as equality, and last time I checked nature seems to be doing just fine, and has sustained …

Impact Of Nutrition On The National Education And Healthy Growth

Nutrition is an unavoidable factor in education and health growth of a nation. A healthy student is a productive student. Good nutrition is increasingly perceived as an investment in human capital that yields returns today as well as in the future, while bad nutrition is a treat to the nation. The global loss of social productivity in 1990 is caused by four overlapping types of malnutrition â?? stunting and disorders related to iodine iron and vitamin A deficiency â?? amounted to almost 46 million years of productive disability â?? free life nutrition raises returns on investment in education and health care.

A body of literature observed that there is a heavy decline in knowledge in Nigeria from 1980s unlike the past years. Some attributed this decline to the malnutrition during the past civil war. A researcher noted that in the 1980s Nigeria had the lowest number of indigenous engineers of any Third World country. The teaching of English, which is the language of instruction beyond primary school, had reached such poor levels that university faculty complained their inability to understand the written work of their students due to ineffective communication there is a lot of quack graduates and workers in the country. By 1990 the crisis in education was such that it was predicted that in few decade to come, there would be insufficient personnel to run essential services of the country. This calls for a serious attention before the nation losses all her skilled labour force. I have categories these problems into two major nutritional factors, the problem of undernutrition and malnutrition. The purpose of this write â?? up is to review the impact of nutrition on the present and past and necessary steps taken to arrest the situation. It will also provide some relevant solutions to the problem.

NUTRITIONAL PROBLEMS:

Nigeria as a country is characterized by two major nutritional problems which includes undernutrition and micronutrient. The rest have little impact and may be reserved for now.

Undernutrition is characterized by inadequate intake of macronutrients. It often starts in utero and may extend throughout the life cycle. It also spans generations. Undernutrition occurs during pregnancy, childhood and adolescence, and has a cumulative negative impact on the birthweight of future babies. A baby who has suffered intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR) as a fetus is effectively born malnourished, and has a much higher risk of dying in infancy. The consequences of being born malnourished extend into adulthood. During infancy and early childhood, frequent or prolong infections and inadequate intakes of nutrients (particularly energy, iron, protein, vitamin A, and Zinc) may add to the contribution of IUGR to preschool underweight and stunting. In Nigerian situation, infants after period of exclusive breast feeding are followed up with weaning which consist of pap, akamu, ogi, or koko and is made from maize (Zee Mays), millet (pennisetum americanum), or guinea corn (sorghum spp.). People from low income groups seldom feed meat, eggs, or fish to their infants, because of socio-economic factors, taboos, and ignorance.…

UK Student Loans Explained

Student loans seem to be the only feasible way out to pursue higher studies for the average student in UK. Things become all the more difficult for those without university funding. The government, in its efforts to make further education affordable, had undertaken quite a few steps to buffer educational finance. A significant step towards this end was the formalising of the Student Loans scheme.

The Student Loans scheme was meant to help students with their costs of living during their period of study. With the credit market in UK specialising and booming with respect to the various economic spheres, student loans from private players are gradually becoming easier to get. Numerous lending agencies are eager to offer you a student loan after taking care of every odd problem a borrower may have.

The student loan or support schemes available in UK for various types of education & training within Britain are numerous. The specifications for student loans differ on the basis of the type of the course for which funding is needed, that is, full, part-time, or distance courses at UK universities and also the nationality, region, merit, and financial capacity of the student.

The student loan specifications and categorisation also change according to the study level

Students planning to go to further education

Currently in further education

Left further education

Gap Year

Students with children

Disabled students

Postgraduate and mature students

NHS funded students

Students in Scotland, N. Ireland & EU students.

You can get a student loan even if you are aged between 50 to 54 years. However, in this case you will have to confirm that you plan to work after the completion of your course. Usually the student loans are designed to take care of the costs of living, which includes costs made on accommodation, food, clothes, and travel. Just 25% of the loan is evaluated on the basis of your income.

For detailed information about the amount of the student loan and the legal procedure, get in touch with the local student loan award authority. This authority will manage the initial part of your student loan application. You will be tested with respect to your means and eligibility to justify your qualification for the student loan. You can also submit your application online with a reliable lending firm.

Against the loan, you are to pay a monthly interest that is based on the rate of inflation calculated daily from the start date of your student loan. You start repaying after finishing the course and after you reach the income level of over £10,000 a year.

However easy the procedure of getting a loan is, remember that you have to repay them. It is better to plan for the repayments while you are applying for the student loans. This increases your credit rating as well as relieves you of severe financial tension in future.…

University of Pune – Meditative Getaways

The University of Pune is located amid clean and green surroundings which provide for a great environment conducive to learning. Students can actually hope to spend quiet and meditative moments in the peaceful blanket of greenery all over and around the campus. Apart from this, there are a number of places that offer a welcome break from studies at the same time providing a spiritual rejuvenation.

Here's an overview:

o Sarasbaug temple: The Sarasbaug temple has three idols of Lord Siddhivinayak – the god who is believed to materialize desires into reality. One can easily get to the temple by bus or rickshaw as it is right at the center of the city.

o Temples on Parvati Hill: Situated at a height of 2100 feet above the sea level, the Parvati Hill is one of the most picturesque locations in Pune. The myriad temples on the hill offer spectacular panoramic views of the city apart from being much-thronged places of worship.

o Alandi Temples: The temples at Alandi constituent a center of pilgrimage for thousands of devotees every year. The temples are located on the banks of the river called Indrayani wherein the ghats are quite beautiful.

o Kasba Ganpati: This is a temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh – the god in Hindu mythology who has the body of a man but the head of an elephant. The first Ganpati of honor is Kasba Ganpati in the state of Pune.

o Osho International Meditation Resort: Situated in the Koregaon Park, Osho International Meditation Resort is a blend of tradition and modernity into a meditative oasis amid the rat-race of modern day living. People from all over the world converge at this peaceful resort which is a great place to relax your body, mind and soul.

There are many more sites (and sights!) In Pune that are a feast for the soul. The city offers a complete educational experience, in all ways that there can be. …

Some Interesting Rankings of MBA Programs

Many organizations, including business magazines, newspapers and Internet sites publish lists of Universities offering MBA programs that are supposedly the best in the country. If you compare such lists, you find that many of the same schools appear on them, although not ranked in the same order on all lists. These are usually schools with national reputations and their names are well known in many parts of the world. Sadly, excellent schools offering good MBA programs have no chance to be including in these rankings. Some of the schools not included may, in fact, be more suitable for some students than the nationally known schools.

If you attach too much credibility to rankings published by periodicals such as Bloomberg Business Week, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal, you may miss many opportunities to find an MBA program that fits your needs best. You must also understand that these lists rank the business school and not the school’s MBA program. Many schools offer full-time, part-time, and executive MBA classess. Distance Learning programs are now growing in popularity. A school’s full-time program may be taught by highly qualified professors while its part-time program is taught by adjuncts without terminal degrees.

It is interesting to look at the way MBA schools and programs rank if we compare them on a single characteristic such as student quality or starting salary of graduates. In this article we look at three rankings based on data reported by a large number of MBA schools.

The first ranking criterion is selectivity, or a measure of how many applicants are rejected by an MBA program. One must take this criterion with some skepticism. A school that rejects a large number of applicants because many of them are unqualified may rank higher than a school that rejects fewer applicants because it gets a small number of them but most are very good candidates. From a list of top 40 MBA programs out of 928 programs reporting as of January 2011, the first few most selective programs were:

Indian Institute of Technology’s Master of Management program – India – 99

University of Dhaka’s Full-Time MBA – Bangladesh – 97

Chaminade University of Honolulu’s MBA Evening Program – US – 95

National University of Singapore’s Part-Time MBA – Singapore -95

National University of Singapore’s The NUS MBA – Singapore -93

HFU Hochschule Furtwangen University’s Executive MBA – Germany -90

Lahore University of Management Sciences’s Full-Time program – Pakistan — 90

The two schools at the bottom of the list of 40 schools both ranked as #35 were

Simon Fraser University’s MBA – Canada – 75

TiasNimbas Business School’s 2-year Part-Time MBA – Netherlands – 75

A second ranking criterion is recruiting, the number of companies interviewing MBA students on campus prior to graduation. It is important to understand that a large number of recruiters does not mean a large number of job offers and a large number of interviews does not always mean talking to the best companies. A lot …

Vanderbilt University (Vandy) Commodores Football Players Taken in the 2010 NFL Draft – 2 Selected

The Vanderbilt University (commonly referred to as Vandy) Commodores had two football players taken in the 2010 NFL Draft. The two men that were selected are:

  • Myron Lewis (cornerback) taken with in the third round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 67th overall pick
  • Thomas Welch (offensive tackle) selected by the New England Patriots with the 208th overall pick in the seventh round.

Myron Lewis is a 6’2″ 203 pound lock down cornerback that made a name for himself as one of the best secondary players in the highly competitive Southeastern Conference (SEC) that Vanderbilt plays in. Born in 1987 in Pompano Beach, Florida the defensive specialist was one of the best athletes on a Commodores team that went a meager 2-10 during his final year with the program in 2009.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers felt that they were getting a good value in picking up the talented corner in the third round. Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris hopes that taking Myron Lewis will prove to be a valuable asset for his defensive unit and anticipated the former Commodore to bring an increased level of speed, youth, and tenacity to his defense.

In the final round of the 2010 NFL Draft the New England Patriots chose Thomas Welch to add some more protection for future hall of fame quarterback Tom Brady. Welch brings a great deal of height to a strong Patriots offensive line that includes multiple pro bowlers. At 6’6″ and 310 pounds Thomas will be one of the tallest players on the roster.

Long before Thomas Welch was selected by the New England Patriots he used his large frame to excel at Brentwood High School in his birth city of Brentwood, Tennessee. Brentwood, Tennessee is a well to do suburb of Nashville, Tennessee so when it came time to move to college Welch only had to travel a few miles down the road to reach the Vanderbilt campus.

Playing at a lighter weight as a first year college student caused Thomas to originally join the Commodores as a tight end and red shirted at that position in 2005. During his first year of seeing the field in 2006 Welch was moved to the offensive line to compensate for injuries suffered by teammates that otherwise would have played the tackle position. During his junior season in 2008 Thomas started every game at right tackle and as a senior he moved to the more prestigious left tackle position and started at that spot for eleven games.…

Mike Anderson Bio – Head Basketball Coach of University of Missouri (MU) Tigers Basketball Team

Mike Anderson is best known to most college basketball fans today as the head coach of the men’s basketball team at the University of Missouri which is also commonly referred to as Mizzou or simply MU. Coach Anderson has received praise from supporters of the Columbia, Missouri based college for leading the basketball program to post season NCAA Tournament wins following both the 2008-2009 season and the 2009-2010 basketball season.

In addition to being a proven winner on the basketball court Anderson has won over the hearts of faithful MU Tigers supporters with his consistent commitments of loyalty to the university. In March of 2009 Mike signed a contract extension with MU and in doing so reportedly turned down an even more financially lucrative offer from the University of Georgia of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

In the spring of 2010 a similar concern arose when University of Missouri fans were one again afraid that they might lose their successful basketball coach to poaching efforts by another college. During the 2010 scare the threatening school was the University of Oregon which due in part to the tremendous resources bestowed upon the university by locally based Nike was reportedly offering Coach Anderson a significant salary increase to move to the Pacific Northwest and coach the University of Oregon Ducks in the Pacific 10 (Pac 10) Conference. Coach Anderson chose to politely pass on the offer from the Oregon Ducks and remain committed to the contract extension that he signed with the Missouri Tigers on March 31, 2009.

Long before becoming a hot commodity in the world of Division-I basketball coaches Mike, born in 1959, grew up in Alabama where he was an all-state high school basketball player in his own rite. After high school Anderson played for now well-known basketball coach Nolan Richardson (who eventually won a national championship with the University of Arkansas in 1994) at the University of Tulsa. The duo of Mike Anderson and Coach Richardson won a NIT Championship together in 1981.

After graduating from the University of Tulsa in 1982 Anderson spent three seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater and when head coach Nolan Richardson moved to the University of Arkansas in 1985 Anderson followed suit and served as an assistant there for 17 years. In 2002 Mike Anderson accepted a head coaching position in the city where he was born at the University of Alabama Birmingham or UAB for short. After four very successful seasons at UAB Anderson accepted the head coaching position at the Big 12 Conference mainstay the University of Missouri where he has been ever since the 2006-2007 season.…

How Many Calories Do You Burn by Running?

How many calories do you burn by running?

The glib answer is 100 or 110 calories per mile for an average 155 pound runner.

But a group from Syracuse University found that 12 men who ran and walked 1600 meters (approximately 1 mile) on a treadmill, burned an average of 124 calories running and 88 walking; while 12 women who did the same workout burned 105 and 74 calories respectively. Typically women burn less because their lighter bodies require less effort to move them.

If you sat at home watching television instead of exercising, your body would still expend calories. In order to accurately determine the calories burned during an exercise session, deduct your resting rate from the calories burned.

The formula for working out net calories burned per mile while running is to multiply your body weight in pounds by.75. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds and run 2.8 miles then the net calories used would be 160 multiplied by.75 multiplied by 2.8 miles, resulting in 336 net calories burned for this workout.

Below are tables which, depending on whether you run for a length of time or at a certain speed, may be useful.

This table sets out calories burned by 140 and 195 pound people who run for one hour:

Running 5.0 miles per hour (12.0 minute mile) 508 708

Running 5.2 miles per hour (11.5 minute mile) 572 797

Running 6.0 miles per hour (10.0 minute mile) 636 885

Running 6.7 miles per hour (9.0 minute mile) 699 974

Running 7.0 miles per hour (8.5 minute mile) 731 1018

Running 7.5 miles per hour (8.0 minute mile) 795 1107

Running 8.0 miles per hour (7.5 minute mile) 858 1195

Running 8.6 miles per hour (7.0 minute mile) 890 1239

Running 9.0 miles per hour (6.5 minute mile) 953 1328

Running 10 miles per hour (6.0 minute mile) 1017 1416

Running 10.9 miles per hour (5.5 minute mile) 1144 1594

Running up stairs 953 1328

Jogging 445 620

Based on this schedule, if you run for a portion of an hour, multiply your calories by the number of minutes you run and divide by 60. For example if you weigh 140 pounds and run 5 miles per hour, after 25 minutes, you burn 508 multiplied by 25 divided by 60, equalling 211 calories. If the same person ran at the same speed for 1 hour 16 minutes (76 minutes) then 508 multiplied by 76 divided by 60 equals 643 calories.

Below is a weight- and speed-adjusted table detailing the calories burned for 10 minutes of running (if the alignment goes awry, I apologise and suggest pasting it into a spreadsheet):

pounds 12 10 9 8 7 6 5:30 minutes per mile

110 66 83 91 103 116 132 149

120 72 90 100 113 127 144 162

130 78 98 108 122 137 156 176

140 85 106 117 133 149 170 191

150 90 113 124 141 158 180 203

160 97 121 133 152 …

Psychiatry is Junk Science

FACT versus OPINION

A FACT is something that can be proven to exist by visible evidence.

An OPINION is something which may or may not be based on any FACTS.

A Belief or Conclusion is based on what one thinks rather than on what is proven or known to be true.

Using these definitions is important when considering the psychiatric drugs used on our citizens.

FIRST HAND DATA

From the original source.

SECOND HAND DATA

Not obtained from the original source; Borrowed.

THIRD HAND DATA

Derived, as information, from the second after the original or primary source; hence, stale. Also, of questionable reliability.

SCIENCE

An organized body of knowledge which, proceeding from certain definite axioms (laws or rules), is able to predict knowledge. It does not have variables in it.

Science is the systematically arranged knowledge of the material world gathered in a four step process:

1) Observation of phenomena;

2) Collection of data;

3) Creation of a theory by inductive reasoning [ie reasoning from the facts to a general rule or principal; from Latin inducee introduce, imply, persuade,

4) Testing the theory by repeated observation and controlled experiments. And it is workable and invariably right.

Margaret Hagen, Ph.D., a psychologist and lecturer at Boston University, says these are some of the key criteria for a science:

"The finds discovered through observation in one laboratory must be replicable in another laboratory. Data measured and collected by one instrument must be the same as data collected by another similar instrument. repeatable results. "

JUNK SCIENCE

According to Peter Huber, author of Galileo's Revenge: Junk Science in the Court Room:

"Junk science is the mirror image of real science, with much of the same form but none of the same substance …. It is a hodgepodge of biased data, spurious inference, and logical legerdemain [trickery], patched together by researchers who enthusiasm for discovery and diagnosis far outstrips their skill. It is a catalog of every conceivable kind of error: data dredging, wishful thinking … and, now and again, outright fraud. "

Paula Caplan, Ph.D., author of Manufacturing Victims:

"What is now called 'psychology' is … 'junk science' …. As disquieting as this may be, in the psychology industry, scientific principals are violated, research is ignored and, in some cases, data are misrepresented or even fabricated to fit the need. "

DISEASE versus DISORDER

DISEASE: In medicine, strict criteria exist for calling a condition a disease. In addition to a foreseeable group of symptoms, the cause of the symptoms or some understanding of their physiology [functions and activities] must be established. This knowledge elevates a diagnosis to the status of a disease.

A "fever" is not a disease, it is mere a symptom.

Malaria is a disease caused by a parasite that is transmitted from an infected to an uninfected individual by the bite of a particular mosquito. Its symptoms include periodic chills and fever. These coincide with mass destruction of blood cells and the release of toxic substances by the parasite, which …