month, I think you'll enjoy reading Pushing
All the Wrong Buttons, which appears in the Teaching Toolbox
section. It lightly touches on some student behavior that may strike
a familiar chord, and many of you will probably recognize some of the
types profiled within. You may also benefit from how other professors
have handled those few students who drive you crazy.
Opportunity, we take a look at the status of women in
science and engineering academic careers in Japan. Japan is probably
10 years behind the U.S. when it comes to gender equality, and to those
interviewed for this article, change has been slow to occur. However,
Japanese women have made strides in the workplace since the Japanese
government passed a new equal opportunity law in the late 1980s. Japan
is facing a severe shortage of high tech labor, and the time may be
right for policy makers to better utilize Japan's pool of female brainpower.
of the Digitial Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a federal law passed
by Congress in 1998, are examined in A
Criminal Act. The DMCA makes it a crime to create or distribute
any technology that can evade the encryption used to put anti-piracy
protections in place. The academic community wasn't fully aware of its
impact, and the law was adopted with limited discussion. The writer,
a First Amendment expert, says that two key principles are involvedfreedom
of expression and copyright protectionand they're at odds with
each other. Read this article and decide where you stand.
in Down the Road, we
get a forecast of the car of the not-too-distant future. If accurate,
there's plenty of change in the works, including a car that steers itself.
month we have tried to provide you with an
intriguing mix of articles. I would be interested,
as always, to hear what you think.