|Tonight on TDS, Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX; and on TCR, Richard Hersh, We're Losing Our Minds : Rethinking American Higher Education.|
Elon Musk (born June 28, 1971) is a South African born American engineer and entrepreneur best known for co-founding PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors. He is currently the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and Product Architect of Tesla Motors and Chairman of SolarCity. Musk is best known for having created the first viable production electric car of the modern era (Tesla Roadster), for designing a private successor to the Space Shuttle (Falcon 9) and creating the world's largest Internet payment system (PayPal).His Crunchbase profile also points out that "Musk’s fortune is estimated at US$328 million."
This was in my email this morning:
Backing up the biosphereSeveral articles on this:
Elon Musk, who runs Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA), may have two more hot initial public offerings coming down the pipe which are sure to get plenty of media coverage. Anything with the name “solar” has been abysmal as far as a stock is concerned. But what about the privatization of space now that NASA is out of the space launch game?I'd be more interested in that SolarCity thing. But I suppose it doesn't grab the headlines:
|I've gotten to be a bit suspicious of education-related guests on the shows, but despite his involvement with [http://changeforlearning.com/... "comprehensive higher education consulting practice" Keeling & Associates (he's a Senior Consultant, the co-author of his book is Principal and Senior Executive Consultant of the place), Richard Hersh might not be full of, um, crap. The two of them are 2012 authors-in-residence at a site called Higher Ed Jobs:
If you can't quite read that, the blurb for their Feb 16 post is
The purpose of this blog is to shift the national conversation about higher education from a primary focus on the comparisons that make up magazine rankings to a serious discussion about the failure of colleges and universities to fulfill their core mission: higher learning.
Has potential, I think. The book is called We're Losing Our Minds: Rethinking American Higher Education, and I didn't find all that much. One thoughtful customer review at Amazon, a couple mentions here & there, and a review at Library Journal:
Keeling, Richard P. & Richard H. Hersh. We’re Losing Our Minds: Rethinking American Higher Education. Palgrave Macmillan. Dec. 2011. c.208p. ISBN 9780230339835. pap. $25. EDThe publisher's blurb is kinda useless (Emergency! Losing our minds! Kids can't think these days!), but the site has some useful links. There's an excerpt, of course, a Q&A, and a post about their presentation at the Association of American Colleges and Universities 2012 Annual Meeting. Key:
...For Keeling and Hersh, among many points, the following are most important:Better than the latest grade-school privatization shill.
|Up this week:
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, Comedy Central
(listings and occasional links via The Late Night TV Page, some links & more guest info available at thedailyshow.com/guests, colbertnewshub.com, and a judiciously-used google.com.)