Thursday, December 29, 2011

Economists are poets too!

Dr. Darshak Patel, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, had his students write some poems in the final weeks of fall classes as a stress reliever.  We will share them with you as a two part series over the coming weeks.  Enjoy!

This semester went so fast
I can't believe I had enough gas
I learned a lot about elasticity
I know that includes electricity
For the future I can graph supply and demand
I just want to go back to my homeland.
-David Nahigian

Econ, its really cool
Probably my favorite subject in school
I wake up early to draw some graphs
Thank God I made myself half and half
So now I'm ready for the day
And learn Econ the Patel way
-Ian Webster

Patel teaches economics
He teaches the best he can
Economics is boring
So I think it should be banned (no offense :))
-Lauren Marszal

You can shift it to the left
Or shift it to the right
But when studying supply and demand
Like Muhammad Ali
It will ruin your night
-Garrick Dawson

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Kassens' paper makes Top Ten list on SSRN

The Social Science Research Network describes itself as "...devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences. We have received several excellence awards for our web site."  

Simply put, it is a great medium for disseminating research before it is published.
Kassens wrote a paper describing the process she used to manage six Honors in the Major students last spring entitled "Do as I say and as I do: An application of the Mentor Demonstration Model".  The paper has moved to the Top Ten list for the number of abstract views and downloads.  This is quite an honor!

Currently, Kassens is working on framing the paper as a dialogue coauthored with three student participants (Sara Caudle, Tyler Rinko, and Justin Tuma.)  The students will add components to the paper describing how the Mentor Demonstration Model enhanced their liberal arts education.  The final product with be a joint effort by the professor and three students.

If you would like to read the abstract of the Top Ten paper or download it to read in its entirety, please go to

Sunday, December 4, 2011

ECON 122 Student Blog

Students in Kassens' ECON 122 (Principles of Macroeconomics) class are finished with their blog assignment.  Clearly these are some bright students!

The assignment was to first select an article, cartoon, etc. and summarize/critique the piece using tools from the course.  The second entry was to critique one of their peers blog entries.

Check out what they think about the US economy!  Kassens ECON 122 Blog