Well, job season is beginning, with more and more ads popping up on mathjobs.org (don’t forget to sign up for the RSS feed, if you haven’t already). I’ll be applying this fall, so I’ve been reading the Chronicle of Higher education’s On Hiring Blog, in particular this article on dressing for the interview and today’s article on the ambush interview. (The blog seems mostly intended for members of search committees, but I figure it’s good to know what I’m up against. Plus there’s this amusing entry about job candidates who want to be university presidents by the time they’re 40.)
Meanwhile, The Chronicle’s daily news blog reported recently about a geology class at UC Riverside that was hit by an earthquake during the lecture on earthquakes. I’m not sure what the equivalent experience for a calculus class would be… perhaps if a dead body was discovered next door during the lecture on Newton’s law of heating and cooling*.
* Recall that an application of this law often covered by text books is determining the time of death during murder investigations.