Sep 19

Asean inches closer to economic integration—Group accomplished 82.1% of blueprint targets ~ Akei | Global Studies -

"Based on current prices, Indonesia was the biggest Asean economy with $863 billion while the Philippines was fifth with $269 billion.
In terms of per capita GDP, Singapore was wealthiest with $55,183 while the Philippines was sixth with $2,707.”

Need for Intimacy Plays Role in Condomless Sex, Study Finds ~ Akei | Gender & Sexuality -

"A new study from Brown University in Rhode Island has found that many HIV-negative men in romantic relationships forgo condoms in order to preserve intimacy in the relationship — even when one or both partners are having sex outside of that relationship. More importantly, that desire for intimacy means a strong majority of participants — 55 percent, in fact — are willing to take PrEP to prevent HIV. "

The Cardinal Sins of Innovation Policy ~ Akei | Innovation -

"This is a nonsensical question, you might argue. It is perfectly clear why: Innovation is the main engine of sustained economic growth; therefore, if you want to ensure a vibrant economy you must excel in innovation."

Sep 18

Who’s Getting Tenure-Track Jobs? It’s Time to Find Out. ~ Akei | Higher Education -

"It’s a question with serious implications, both for the academy and for the hordes of job-seeking scholars. Yet it’s been over a decade since anyone made much of an effort to come up with an answer—to find the names of the fortunate and talented few, across disciplines, and put them all in one place."

Discarded Museum is Resurrected at Brown ~ Akei | Information -

"If museums are meant to preserve objects forever, then forever ended here in 1945.
That year, Brown University’s natural history museum, which included multitudes of animal skeletons and specimens among its 50,000 items, as well as anthropological curiosities like rope made from human hair, was thrown away.”

Creating Outstanding Experiences for Digital Natives ~ Akei | Higher Education -

"Digital Natives are people who have grown up using technology from early childhood. Their mother tongue is the digital language of computers, video games, and the Internet. These young people, usually between 15 and 25 years old, differ from Digital Immigrants (those born before 1985) in their perceptions of interactive products and the way they behave when using them."

Sep 17

Breakfast Downgraded From 'Most Important Meal of the Day' to 'Meal' ~ Akei | Food -

"Katz introduced additional philosophical dilemmas: "Research about breakfast tends to divide the world into those who skip, and those who don’t. But deferring and skipping are not the same. Skipping despite hunger, and deferring for want of it, are not the same. And clearly all breakfasts are not created equal.""

From Slums to Significance: the Communities Shaping our Urban Future ~ Akei | Urban Studies -

"The two megatrends of demographic growth and urbanization are rapidly transforming human settlement from rural to predominantly urban environments. This is particularly true in Asia and Africa, where the UN forecasts that the urban population will grow from 2.3 billion people in 2011 to 4.5 billion in 2050. Many large cities in these regions are struggling with how to provide services, housing and jobs for large numbers of rural migrants. These migrants are often highly vulnerable: although they have moved to the city in search of jobs and access to services, the informal neighborhoods that receive them lack infrastructure and are often removed from main centers of economic activity. A lack of economic opportunities and poor living conditions set the stage for marginalization, instability and violence. "

What Education Of The Future Will Look Like ~ Akei | Higher Education -

Sep 16

The Skills Leaders Need at Every Level ~ Akei | Administration -

"To see, we compiled a dataset in which we asked 332,860 bosses, peers, and subordinates what skills have the greatest impact on a leader’s success in the position the respondents currently hold. Each respondent selected the top four competencies out of a list of 16 that we provided.We then compared the results for managers at different levels."

Investing in ‘suprastructure’ ~ Akei | Innovation -

"To have a fighting chance in AEC competition, the Philippines needs to substantially and efficiently ramp up investment spending on its suprastructure. If this is achieved along with the country’s other ongoing policy and institutional reforms, the economy would in time be on a stronger platform to face up to challenges in AEC."

American Horror, Ivy League Edition ~ Akei | Higher Education -

"Together, these three books make a persuasive case that the Ivy League is, collectively, a moribund institution, a triumph of marketing whose allure far exceeds its social utility. After all, if our finest colleges can neither turn relatively privileged men like Lohse into models of society nor vault someone like Peace out of the urban destitution from which he’d so nearly escaped, then what are they good for? Perhaps what Will Hunting says to a pompous Harvard scholar is really true: “You dropped a hundred and fifty grand on an education you coulda’ picked up for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library.” Except, of course, an Ivy League education has become even more obscenely expensive in the 17 years since Good Will Hunting romanticized Southie autodidactism."

Sep 15

'We will always go back to the two countries sitting down to talk it out,' maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal ~ Akei | Global Studies -

"Quoting Major General Zhang Zhaozhong of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, the New York Times said the cabbage strategy “entails surrounding a contested area with so many boats – fishermen, fishing administration ships, marine surveillance ships, navy warships – that the island is thus wrapped layer by layer like a cabbage.”"

Google’s next plan: Collect medical data to create a detailed map of a healthy human being ~ Akei | Information -

"The hope is that after sorting through enough data, Google’s computing network can detect “biomarkers” or patters in human health. These “biomarkers” could help doctors with early detection of diseases, or help study other body functions."

The future of universities—The digital degree ~ Akei | Higher Education -

"At the same time, a technological revolution is challenging higher education’s business model. An explosion in online learning, much of it free, means that the knowledge once imparted to a lucky few has been released to anyone with a smartphone or laptop. These financial and technological disruptions coincide with a third great change: whereas universities used to educate only a tiny elite, they are now responsible for training and retraining workers throughout their careers. How will they survive this storm—and what will emerge in their place if they don’t?"