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July 2019

"Open Syllabus Explorer"

"The Open Syllabus Project (OSP) collects and analyzes millions of syllabi to support educational research and novel teaching and learning applications."

The most frequently assigned title across "6,059,459 syllabi" is Strunk's Elements of Style. The most frequently assigned title in economics is Mankiw's principles text. (Mankiw's books are also #2 and #3 in economics.)

For what economists should do about Marx's high ranking in economics, see this interesting post by Professor David Tufte.


"The Promise and the Price of Cellular Therapies"

They can bring back people from death's door now. Just do more, and faster. We want more of this:

The facility may as well have been a small monument to Emily. Photographs of her plastered the walls: Emily at eight, in pigtails; Emily at nine, with a missing front tooth, smiling next to President Obama; Emily at ten, holding a plaque. At a certain point during the tour, I watched Emily look out the window to the hospital across the street. She could almost see into the corner picu room, where she had been confined for nearly a month. The rain came down in sheets. . . .

“Do you remember coming into the hospital?” I asked.

“No,” she said, looking out into the rain. “I only remember leaving.”