Thursday, August 30, 2012

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Thursday...

The guru of the college sleep crusade is James Maas, who over 48 years taught more than 65,000 students in Cornell University's most popular class -- a sleep-focused version of introductory psychology. Maas evangelized to his students and experimented on them as well, asking them to wear sleep-monitoring headbands and showing them magnetic resonance images of the brains of sleep-deprived college students.
"You can see that nothing is going on in their brains," Maas said. "Literally nothing."
Confronting students with such photos, along with hard data on how sleep undermines academic performance, is the most effective way to change behavior, Maas says. Still, he'd like to see colleges do more: ending early classes, sound-proofing and air-conditioning dorms, putting sleep education into the curriculum.
The people most receptive to his message on campus are usually coaches. A few years back, he made his pitch to the Cornell's basketball coach, who stopped morning practices. The next year the Big Red became the first Ivy League team since 1979 to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.


Anonymous said...

True, but it didn't hurt to have Wittman, Dale and Foote either!!y

Anonymous said...

Morning practices, especially when held at Helen Newman, were one of the low points of my time at Cornell. I'm glad to hear they were banished, and I hope Courtney has continued the ban.

Anonymous said...

I was just on to see what's going on w/ Ivy recruiting, since this blog makes minimal mention of this topic. And dang, Harvard is aiming high and has landed two fantastic recruits even when competing against top-tier bcs schools for those kids. I wonder whether Amaker is an innovator or a cheater (and maybe both?). Regardless of his fiddling with AI, he's obviously a skilled recruiter to get these kids to the Ivy League in the first place.

Anonymous said...

I believe Courtney continues with early am practices.

It was Donahue who cancelled them.

Anonymous said...

We've said since the 2008 New York Times article that Harvard cheats. Now, it's official.

The Crimson is reporting that 125 students are being investigated for inappropriate collaboration on a take-home final last spring in a class on -- no joke here -- "Introduction To Congress."

The mandatory penalty if students are found to have cheated is a one-year withdrawal. How many of Amaker's charges would have to be suspended for the Crimson to no longer be the favorites for the 2013 Ivy title?

Given that any introduction government class must be absolutely loaded with varsity athletes, my over/under on suspended varsity basketball players is 1.5. Depending upon who those 1.5 players are, the new favorites for next season's championship may be Princeton.