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Another issue is the reliance on automated resume software. HR likes it because it reduces HR labor costs, and graduates seem to like it since it seems like they are working on getting a job. However, I have never seen anyone get a job through these. And on the hiring side, I have never received a qualified resume from one of these systems. The software is junk! To get a job, the old fashioned method of networking (and bypassing HR), e.g., talking on the phone, seems to work best for all involved.
Dr Adams has a rating of 4.4 on RateMyProfessors. And that is despite a low easiness rating. That is an excellent score. As for his legacy, I'll leave that one of the reviewers: "Most awsome professor at UNCW. I would recommend him to anyone interested in learning, specifically about things that are important in life. He does not disappoint!."
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The Trees

Professor Russ Wrote: Feb 24, 2014 9:25 AM
Sugar maples do grow in North Carolina, chiefly in the mountains of western North Carolina. But there are reports of sugar maples in some Piedmont counties as well. See link below. If the tree is wild, it probably is a red maple, which are common in the area. http://plants.usda.gov/java/county?state_name=North%20Carolina&statefips=37&symbol=ACSA3
My friend, it is not about how you are born, it is about your actions. BSA has, for a long time, tolerated scouts who were gay. However, if you were open about being gay, promoting being gay, advertising being gay, then that was an issue. Part of being morally straight is doing what is right, for others. There is another side to this as well that is being overlooked. In Scouting, our boys are going into the country camping in close proximity to others of a similar age. Now, there are many more girls who are not eligible to be in Boy Scouting because of how they were born than there are gay Scouts. Suppose we wish to rectify this horrible discrimination by changing the name to the Youth Scouts of America, and admit girls as well. How many parents would approve of letting boys and girls camp together? Not many. Similarly, how many parent would approve of letting gay boys go camping? Not many, for similar reasons. It is well-known that teenagers often make decisions based on momentary feelings and not on rational thinking of long-term consequences and moral judgments, and it is our duty as adult leaders to guide our children, to not put them in situations where they are tempted to make poor decisions with long term deleterious consequences. Homosexual actions are not the only moral actions that may affect a scout. We have had scouts who repeatedly bullied younger scouts, and they were dismissed from the organization. Bullying is a definite violation of scout law (“A scout is kind…”) and should not be tolerated. Should we accept bullies, as they were born with a bullying personality? What about the scout who continually steals from others? A scout who is tempted to steal but does not is acting morally, the scout who takes action to steal is not.
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Nate Silver's Numbers Racket

Professor Russ Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 10:19 AM
I need to walk back my statements. Instead of taking what partisans and media say he is doing, I took a look at his actual methodology, and it is quite sound. I should have done a better job at investigating from the source what is actually happening before posting. The gist of what he does: Calculates summary of multiple polls (similarly to RealClearPolitics), then adjusts the results based on demographic characteristics and candidate features within each district or race based on regression models. The parameters of interest make sense, as does his model-building. One could quibble about whether to drop variables that are not statistically significant, but I would do the same thing as he does. The regression adjustment is most...
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Nate Silver's Numbers Racket

Professor Russ Wrote: Nov 07, 2012 8:31 AM
Nate is a partisan hack. He has himself said that he is a Obama partisan. I am a professional statistician, and have very little faith in Nate's methods. Yes, he predicted a win for Obama that occurred, but about half the pollsters did, which you would expect in a close election. He doesn't have training in statistics, though he does have a degree in economics.
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