Monthly Archives: August 2005

Interesting Column from David Brooks

David Brooks, a columnist with whom I don’t have too much common ground lately, published an interesting column today. Brooks points to a counter-insurgency strategy that has been at least marginally successful in the past. I’m not sure if it would work in Iraq, but it sounds more plausible than what we’re doing right now…

Profile of Sam Cohen, Inventor of the Neutron Bomb

This profile of Sam Cohen, inventor of the neutron bomb is one of the most fascinating articles that I’ve read in the last couple of months. Even if it doesn’t sound interesting, trust me, it is. Tons of insights on nuclear weapons, politics (of the left and right), and even the workings of the human mind.

Princeton Stops the Tenure Clock for Parents

Sorry for the lack of postings… We were on vacation, and now we’re working like crazy to get the house in order in preparation for Egypt. I’d like to post some pictures from our vacation, but I don’t know when. 🙁

In the meantime, though, this very interesting tidbit from Princeton. But first, a tiny bit of background. At most American universities, new professors go up for tenure after 6 years. Most universities now have policies that allow untenured professors to “stop the clock” in a variety of circumstances, including the birth of a child. Usually, though, one must request this accomodation, and some assistant professors worry that this will reflect poorly on them. After all, it is an admission of weakness and testifies to the fact that the professor has a life beyond the walls of the university! Shocking! In any case, to try to remove the stigma, Princeton has established a policy of automatically stopping the clock for one year upon the birth (or adoption) of a child. How very progressive of them!

Here’s an article about the policy.