“Patient Zero” Found

The origins of the current swine flu pandemic have now been linked to Edgar Hernandez, a 5 year -old boy from La Gloria, Mexico. Edgar has been recovering from the Swine flu and his symptoms. His mother originally blamed the flu from unsanitary pigs in the area, however testing on these pigs came back negative. The origins of the swine flu are still unknown.

With this new information, and the confirmation of seven deaths in Mexico, Mexico CIty has temporarily close or serve take-out meals only. Other public venues that closed included schools, bars, clubs, movie theaters, pool halls, theaters, gyms, sports cetners and convention hall.


Networks and Pandemics

We talked about networks some in class.

Here is a good and easy to follow explanation of how a workplace contact network for good stuff (ideas, support) becomes the basis for a pandemic of bad stuff (swine flu).

Is being able to collect and analyze this type of data something you would like to have a class in?  To see the full range of what network research is up to see here or here.

Preliminary Instructions If You Are Doing a Wiki Article

Several of you say you plan to do a long wiki article for yoru final paper.

Here is what I want you to do.

1) Write it (complete with any relevnat photographs, tables, figures, and so on.  You probably want ot use word.

2) You will post it to two wikis, hopefully.  First, the NEW wiki I am tentativley calling “Organizations and Organizing.”  I hope to find a better title.  I also hope that this will eventually become a year to year resource for me and future students.   Wetpaint seems like a very user-friendly wiki.  Furthermore, it has export options, so eventually, I can migrate it if needed.  I drea, of a joomla site someday.

I did this today 9cut-n-paste from Word) with some basic formatting and it worked pretty well.

3) Second, the big enchilda, the mothership, the borg of collaborative knowledge, wikpedia.org.  THis can be a little trickier.  You will need an account.  I pasted from wetpaint (just text) with no problem.

  1. I embedded a link in the Manuel Castells article to mine using this syntax
  2. [[term]]  This created a new page in wikipedia that I could then edit.
  3. Wikipedia is pretty user friendly and has lots of help.  For reference notes, there is a button you push and then just type the text there.  When you save it it pushes the text down to the end of the article.

When you have posted your article, you better take a screen shot of your compter because lord knows how long it will last.

How do I turn in my paper?

1) Post it to Organizations adn Organizing.

2) Post it to wikipedia.org

3) Email me that you have posted it and include your screenshot!

ASK if you have questions.

We may update these instructions based on your experiences.

The Glowing Puppy, Ruppy

A living glow in the dark puppy? If you think this happened with the help of science, well, then you are thinking right. Scientists in North Korea cloned the first fluorescent beagle puppy named Ruppy by combining red fluorescent genes that sea anemones produce. The purpose of this normal by day, glowing by night puppy was not just to find it when it’s running away in the dark. Bioengineers are working to expand a transgenic technique (combining genes from two different animals) in order to begin to pave the way for modeling human diseases in dogs which have a longer lifespan than do rats and mice. Specific human diseases scientists could one day study by means of transgenic dogs include cancer, narcolepsy, and blindness.glowing-puppy1

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Best of Last Week!!

Okay, so since we are the last blog council we decided to break the rules and give an award to everyone 🙂  Since, we all worked really hard during these weeks of classes and blogs.

So now…dim the lights…and the awards go to:

Best Use of Theory

Geoff – The Facebook Effect

Wittney – Amusement Parks as a Center of the Vacation Organizational Field


Best book proposal

Holly – Applying my Ideas to Enron


Sustainability of higher education

Blaire – Sustainability in Higher Education


Class and blog together…Linking Across Classes

Blaire – Sustainability in Higher Education


Woo Haa what the hell last blog

Megan – Should there be more teams in the NFL?


Best Booster for Local Tourism

Wittney – Amusement Parks as a Center of the Vacation Organizational Field


Best life hack suggestionRoss- Do the ChaCha ,

Evan-  What’s the Big Deal


Most likely to erase her own career :<)

Anna  :<(__! (tapping my foot) – The         Specialization of the Athletic Department


Most likely to promote her career

Kristen – Final Home Stretch

Best focusing in on final paper

Josh – Paper Take II IDEO

Most succinct post :<)-

Nadir – Visual Guide to the US Budget

Best use of, you know, an actual BOOK:

Dave – Final Paper Thoughts

The Facebook Effect

When thinking of Virtual Worlds, my mind has always jumped to conclusions. World of Warcraft, Second Life, and Webkinz are some of the first to come to mind. By joining these worlds, subscribers enter into a world much different from the one we live. We can chose from a multitude of “Second-Personalities” as I like to call them. Becoming a Knight, a Sage, a real estate Mogul, or even a puppy (Webkinz), is easily within the realm of possibilities. In these worlds, impossibilities become possible.

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Final Paper – Sustainability in Higher Education

For my final paper I would like to further explore Colleges and Universities as organizations, and how difficult it is to change them in order to accommodate for new innovations.  More specifically, I plan to look at the effect that the “Green Movement” and sustainability have had on higher education.  The green movement and sustainability are innovations that are sweeping our nation and appearing rapidly in our schools. I am interested to see how, and if, the structure and delegation of tasks within these organizations change.

Sustainability is a complex concept which involves more than installing recycling programs or serving organic foods.  It involves a more complicated integration of environmental concerns and social justice issues.  The AASHE, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, defines sustainability in an inclusive way, encompassing “human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations.” Furthermore, achieving sustainability in higher education is best defined by improving the following areas: leadership, recycling, buildings and grounds, curriculum, energy, food, transportation, and outreach.  These eight areas were defined by the Arnold Creek Production and show how complex the innovation of sustainability is.  There are many reasons why colleges and universities are working towards a sustainable future, including economical, competitive, and moral/ethical reasons.  However, I wish to look past why they are interested in sustainability, and concentrate on how they are implementing the new methods with those that already exist.

Like big operations everywhere, campuses are plagued by divisions. The lack of coordination between students, faculty, and the various administrative departments is an issue when trying to introduce a new campus-wide innovation.  Schools have to figure out how to integrate technical climate plans with institutional practices, governance structures, financial decision-making processes, and campus culture.  Revamping energy-guzzling buildings, selling new food, and changing the curriculum are just three areas that will involve time, money, and coordination of administrators, faculty, and students.  There is also a question of leadership and who will take charge of the new implementation or any issues that may arise. While some schools have hired sustainability coordinators, others find current staff members to head the challenge.

These are just a few ideas that I have been looking at when it comes to sustainability and higher education. I also wish to look at social movements as a whole and what changes they bring in the past, present, and future.  Hopefully these ideas will tie together in my research paper and provide an interesting piece for a higher education audience.