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Archive for January, 2016

5 Cool Ideas for Universities

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

I’m not running a university.  But, if I did, here’s 5 things I’d love to see happen on the campus–the hypothetical campus I ran. Ready?

1. A sustainability program – preferably required as part of residential living on campus.  See this example for cool ideas (and yes, there could be a trash recycling major by separating your garbage into 34 different types!) I’d love to see circle stores on college campuses – it would be a mix of sustainability, entrepreneurship, commerce/business, and even a gathering place or third space (see Gather NC as an example–the old store front, not just the new pocket one).

2. Life skills badge – again, common sense stuff here, like #1 above, or budgeting, or balancing a checkbook, paying bills on time, assessing whether a house should be purchased, and/or buying major ticket items, like cars vs. living closer to work.  Even how to wash that laundry – really.

3. Cooking – So, the medicine students have to do it at Tulane, and now a bunch of OTHER med schools are requiring it – so why not all of us, or at least the other health care professions, if our real goal is to keep everyone well?

4. Let’s go back to #1 and talk about teaching students how to MAKE STUFF.  Or at least FIX STUFF. IKEA wants you to stop throwing their stuff away.  Why not start a campus circle store and make stuff out of recycled stuff?  Again, this is repeating #1, but you get the gist… people need to reconnect with making stuff with their HANDS.

5. Cold, hard cash for ideas – former president of Drexel University, Costantine Papadakis, used to give away cold hard cash to students for really solid ideas on improving their college experiences.  I really like this idea, because it puts the money right where higher education should be focused: on IDEAS. On making the world a better place, or at least our own corners of it.  If he could do it, why couldn’t the rest of us?


Saturday, January 30th, 2016

After a very frustrating day with technology, please allow me a rant.  This one I dedicate to: book-books.

I’m writing a dossier for a ‘work thing.’  One thing I’m assuming the ‘work thing’ needs is for the citations in it to be cited via one of the big 3 citation guides.

For those of you who don’t have to conform to certain citation guides, those of us in academia are subjected to various conforming style guides for citations, like

  • AMA,
  • APA and
  • in law, the Blue Book.

Depending upon whom you are writing for, they subject you to one of the big three aforementioned citation guides for your style and citations.

Anyway, I won’t mention which of the 3 I was trying to use online today, but suffice it to say, it was much like using The Book of the Dead in Beetlejuice: cryptic, not in any sort of reasonable order, and cumbersome to work around.

I’m just here to say that technology doesn’t always make things better.  Sometimes, technology gets in the way of things actually working.  Maybe I’m getting old and fussy, but this style guide online was awful to use.

To all book-books in the universe: I salute you.  And, to some extent, I miss you.

Tough Answers to Tough Questions

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Seth asks some tough questions in this post. I tried to answer them below.

1. The difficult thing I’m trying to do is get students to publish before they leave college and lead through the written word.

2. I’m working on the intersection of pharmacy, law, entrepreneurship, and publishing, and littering the universe with knowledge along the way.

3. Right now, I’m trying to connect students to work on next year’s children’s book publishing project at Butler.

4. I would hope people who talk about me say that I work hard.  I’m tough, but I’m fair.

5. What am I afraid of? Running out of time.

6. The scarce resource is time. See #5.

7. I’m trying to change myself.

8. The change looks like the future–and in the future we have to change, or we get left behind.

9. Would my work be missed? I don’t know. I’m trying to focus on the work and not the impression of the work.

10. I stand for truth, justice, and the old American way – the way of working hard and going for what you want out of life. As I’ve stated before, I think America has lost this a bit. We need to get it back.

11. The contribution I’m making to the universe is small, but hopefully, I’m creating some others who go on to help litter the universe with knowledge long after I’m gone.

Snowhere to Go

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

It’s #blizzard2016, and ironically, the storm dodged the Midwest! (Or at least the bit I live in…BTW, that never happens.)

But, if you’re hunkered down and in, cozy, with plenty of milk bread and eggs, here are some things to catch up on over the internet and take advantage of that down time, if you’re over Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, that is…

Book Facebook Pages:

One of the new initiatives at work for all students at Butler University:

The new and exciting Pharmacy Podcast series I’ll be working on as a co-host in 2016:

Or, better yet, join a group if you’re in the pharma/life sciences/pharmacy spaces during your down time and start building your networks!

Groups Running on LinkedIn:

That is the one beautiful thing about the shady weather – in that it forces all of us to pause.  Why not use the time to reflect, too?  It’s like bonus time on your life.  Seize it!

2016 Pharmacy Meetings – My First 2016 Episode of The Pharmacy Podcast

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-01-22 at 9.13.48 PMThis post is a supplement to my first Pharmacy Podcast this year!  Yes, I’m co-hosting in 2016 – and really excited to be joining Todd and his crew this year.

The first podcast is on pharmacy meetings.  My guest is the great Kristin Eilenberg, of Lodestone Logic. Her firm also has a really cool database of over 4,500 pharmacy meetings called Lodestone Insights.

I’ve also got a basic pharmacy meetings list here, free to all.  Pharmacist and healthcare certifications are here too.


Group Meetings: My New Plague

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Ever since I saw the harrowing “What this meeting is costing you” calculator over at HBR a week or so ago, I’ve been haunted by it.  Not only are meetings a vacuum cleaner of your time, but they’re also expensive. Really expensive.

So, I’m going to start watching my meeting calendar like a hawk on this – particularly if I’m the one instigating the meeting.  If I called it, I’m going to carefully assess as I get closer and closer to it the following:

1. Is there anything I can do right now to thwart the necessity of this upcoming meeting?  (If so, get off your keister and do it!)

2. Has everyone who has been invited REALLY need to be in the room?  (If not, give the option to cut them to them and next time, be a little more sensitive to dragging them into another meeting!)

3. Can I get this meeting done through email?  If so, go back to #1.

4. If I REALLY still think I need this meeting with other human eyeballs in the room, WHAT is the TANGIBLE OUTCOME I need from this meeting at the end?  (Hint: it better be good. Like monumental revenue generating changing the universe kind of outcome.)

5. Last but not least – can we meet by standing up?  Does it take the standard 30 or 60 minutes, or can we knock this out in 15 minutes or less? (Reward yourself if you do get out early.)

6. If we can get a meeting done in less time, can we just move while we meet (have a walking meeting)? Sitting is killing us – literally!  (If confidential, maybe not.)

There. This didn’t make the new year’s resolutions list, but if there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s a worthless time suck of a meeting.  Really, if the purpose of the meeting is to inform – just send an email.

100% Fun, and 100% Important

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

I carry…

…a Hello Kitty lunchbox.  It’s pink.

While pink has never really been my style, HK has been, and probably always will be.  It also says ’100% fun.’

I also the other day was explaining bloom’s taxonomy to a group of students. But I remembered that a much more fun version of Bloom’s was over at Pinterest, which I’ll link here for you, so the artist gets props.

Here’s my point: when I’m doing that educating stuff, I’m always trying to get people higher up in the tree.  I want people with the power of knowledge to create, because that’s the highest form of learning.  The learning means something, and you understand it so well, you know that you can change it by creating something new if you need to.

I was reminded that this applies to ALL courses and ALL learning.  In pharmacy law, for example, the students really have a lot of memorizing to do, down at the bottom of Bloom’s.  But, one can never really change the law or create something new at the top of bloom’s until they get the bottom memorizing and analysis stuff right.  If we want to grow the leaders, we have to take them all the way through to the top of Bloom’s.

Besides, creating your own world is way more fun than just accepting what already is…

I guess I’m more like HK than I realized.

But after all, you know she’s not a cat, she is a girl.

STEMPrincess3: Coloring Book Beta – Coming Soon!

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-01-17 at 10.51.33 AMSo, I’ve been littering my social media profiles this weekend with my new draft cover of the third book of the #STEMPrincess trilogy, Coloring Book Beta.  It’s not out yet, but you can sign up on my email distribution list on this blog page (right below the twitter thumbnail <-) for details on when it will be available and where you can get your copy of it – before the masses.

Coloring books are white hot right now, even for adults.  I get it.  There is something therapeutic about coloring. But, on top of that, girls and boys can be what they can see – and why not have them color a physician or a theoretical physicist?  If that’s the hook it takes to get them interested in STEM education and careers – I’m ALL FOR IT.

Stuff Women Academicpreneurs Like

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

A list of stuff I’m exploring right now:

1. Updated the list of women’s leadership programs’ Google Sheet today.

2. Pharmacists: anyone going to ASAP this coming week?

3. Healthcare and pharmacist certifications – I’m curious if anyone out there has completed a certification of late, and if so, what it did for their careers?

4. Joy Mangano – we need more women entrepreneurial rock stars in film, on TV, on radio, in podcasts, etc.

5. Biz Chix Podcast – I’ve recomended this content to my personal mastermind group, which was inspired by the podcast itself.

6. Changing higher ed – If anyone (beyond healthcare, of course) is ripe for change right now, it’s definitely higher education. I’m watching sites like the Chronicle, of course, but I’m interested in individuals’ opinions as well.  One blog and book I read recently is The Professor Is In.

7. Coloring Books – next up for the #STEMPrincess series is….a coloring book!


Saturday, January 16th, 2016

This morning, I sped read The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes.  In it, he pointed out something I too have been saying a lot lately, when it comes to the #STEMPrincess series, which is this:

Never stop learning.  And learning is just learning a new language.

He’s correct. For example, in the #STEMPrincess series, I’m merely trying to introduce the “language” of different STEM careers for readers.  Electrical engineering has a language.  Pharmacy and medicine have another language.   Even broad general professions have sublanguages.  For example, the pharmaceutical industry has its own language within pharmacy and medicine.  Computer programming has dozens of languages (C#, Java, Python, Ruby on Rails, etc.).

And, knowing the differences between languages can be valuable too.  For example, the sign “delta” means change in science and general chemistry.  But, in law, the delta sign means defendant. “Pi” sign in math means 3.14, typically, but the pi sign in law means plaintiff.  When a business offers several products within a category for a specific group of people at different points in time or in their lives, for example, this is an example of vertical marketing (like, a university offering both undergraduate and postgraduate education to its alums).  But in medicine, that could be construed as self referral, which is a no-no legally (like, a doctor referring only to one lab that he owns for his patients).

For those of us in multiple professions (which are most of us now), a big part of our jobs these days is serving as translators.  Instead of English to Mandarin, we’re discussing pharmacy to law or law to pharmacy (when I’m teaching lawyer or pharmacists about the opposite profession).

If you can pick up two different languages and communicate well in translation, you’re golden.  That’s a really valuable skill.  And in this era of the world being a very complex place, we definitely need more translators.

So, next time you’re shopping for something new to learn, just think of that in the context of picking up another language, if it helps…