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Brilliant finance prof

In this strip, the dean explains how hiring a brilliant finance professor worked out. The prof’s flawed formula wreaked havoc in the financial community, but he got paid off well. This strip was inspired by a Sept. 17 appearance at James Madison University by Nassim Taleb, author of The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable. Although Taleb didn’t make this particular point in his talk, his work has mentioned how the purveyors of flawed risk estimates seem to prosper.

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No Caste or Class

This is the debut strip of “academic mice,” as it appeared in The Breeze on September 2. In this strip, we find a brilliant professor who doesn’t exactly apply his research to his interpersonal relationships.

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“academic mice” debuts in print!

On September 2, 2010 “academic mice” debuted in print in The Breeze, the student newspaper of James Madison University. There was also a nice feature article about the cartoon and cartoonist. All the coverage is copyright (c) 2010 by The Breeze.

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Why “academic mice”?

Some things in higher education are so funny that they deserve laughs — multiple, sustained laughs. I want to draw those things in a cartoon strip so we can laugh together, but without any hurt feelings. How angry can you get at a mouse that talks and wears a mortar board?

The strip below pokes a little good-natured fun at admissions work. Admissions staff will tell you they’re interested in recruiting an intellectually diverse student body — but they can get excited about promising student-athletes too.

The academic mice discuss admissions