Reflection


December 20, 2019

After Thinking About It

Marybeth Norcross

If I had to pick one phrase that has defined my life, I think it would be, “After thinking about it.” I have said that phrase so many times! Sometimes it was because I’d done something foolish, and after thinking about it, I had to go back and make amends. Occasionally, I’ve looked at a…


July 29, 2019

International Friendship Day

Ashley Phillips

To be honest, when a colleague asked me to write this blog post for International Friendship Day, I had no idea this day even existed. Apparently it’s tried to get started several times over the 20th century: in 1919 by greeting card industries, again in the 1940s as a reminder of the importance of having…


May 9, 2019

Green Spaces at UAMS

Robert Musser, Ph.D.

Ever find yourself inside on one of those glorious warm sunny days when nature seems to beckon us to come outside?  Maybe, like me, you weren’t raised in the city, and you need some fresh air and a chance to stretch your arms and inhale and exhale deeply.  Maybe you miss the chatter of the…


September 25, 2018

Be a Subversive, Read a Banned Book

Robert Musser, Ph.D.

Feeling a little subversive?  Me too.  We’re in luck.  This week (September 23-29) is Banned Books Week.  Sponsored by the American Library Association and other organizations, “. . . Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.”[1]  At UAMS we may forget that challenges to learning and restrictions on reading significantly limit…


November 17, 2017

Being Thankful

Marybeth Norcross

It hard to believe that it’s already Thanksgiving! A time for reflection, a time to be thankful for everything in our lives.  The semester has gone by so quickly. It seems like I’ve had my head down, buried in my work, and when I finally look up, it’s time for the  Thanksgiving holiday! A friend…


October 9, 2017

Come Outside: Green Spaces at UAMS

Robert Musser, Ph.D.

Ever find yourself inside on one of those glorious warm sunny days when nature seems to beckon us to come outside?  Maybe, like me, you weren’t raised in the city, and you need some fresh air and a chance to stretch your arms and inhale and exhale deeply.  Maybe you miss the the chatter of…


September 18, 2017

Human Errors

Robert Musser, Ph.D.

You may have noticed a mistake or two in the text of this blog.  There are at least 8 (a light-hearted illustration on my part of the theme of the blog).  Can you find them all?  You may email me at remusser@uams.edu for a list of the ones I intentionally included. Oops.  I did it…


June 12, 2017

Resilience After Failing

Marybeth Norcross

At the end of the first day of the Battle of Shiloh Tennessee in 1862, the forces under General Ulysses Grant were demoralized and defeated. Late that night Grant’s second-in-command, William T. Sherman found Grant under a tree in the pouring rain. ‘Well, Grant,’ said Sherman, ‘we’ve had the devil’s own day, haven’t we?’ ‘Yes,’…


March 20, 2017

Fun with Words: An Invitation to Enjoy Learning

Robert Musser, Ph.D.

Words are Fun Academe is a proper noun referring to “An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught.” Academy is a noun derived from Academe and referring to “A modern school where football is taught.” Some years ago I ran across the Devil’s Dictionary in which these and other delightful definitions are found. I…


February 13, 2017

What Do You Expect from Your Instructors?

Marybeth Norcross

Last week I asked you what you expected from your education. I asked you to think about why you are here at UAMS, and whether your experience is meeting your expectations. I also advised you to reflect on and alter your expectations from time to time, because when your expectations are aligned with your experience,…



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