In a Shrinking City, a Bold Vision of Growth – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Oh, Buffalo…

He was highly impressed with the quality of the faculty members, but they talked about work in terms of their own departments. “Nobody put the university into its conversations–it was all local,” he says. “The sum of the whole was less than the sum of the parts.”

In a Shrinking City, a Bold Vision of Growth – The Chronicle of Higher Education



iPhone only: As irrelevant as online banking and ATMs makes the physical bank for a lot of your banking needs, most of us still need to head to our local bank whenever it’s time to cash a check. The New York Times reports that a bank called USAA doesn’t think that should be necessary, and is introducing a new feature to their iPhone application sometime this week that will allow customers to deposit checks by simply snapping a picture of both sides of the check.

After that, you just submit the photos and void the check in your hand. The deposit to your account is instant. Talk about a dream come true. The only reason this editor ever ends up in a bank is to deposit the occasional check; if this sort of functionality were to spread to more banks, it could save all kinds of time for folks. (lifehacker)