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March 03, 2015

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8:03 PM | Why Do Scientists and the Public Disagree?
From KQED Education Do Now: According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, scientists and the public have differing views on science-related issues. Why do you think scientists and the public disagree?
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3:00 PM | The African Science Truck Experience
The African Science Truck Experience (TASTE) is an amazing charity I first found our about when founder Amy Buchanan-Hughes spoke at a science unconference I co-organised a few years ago. TASTE is a project to provide school kids in Uganda … Continue reading →
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2:53 PM | Announcing the Schrödinger Sessions: Science for Science Fiction
A few years back, I became aware of Mike Brotherton’s Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop, and said “somebody should do this for quantum physics.” At the time, I wasn’t in a position to do that, but in the interim, the APS Outreach program launched the Public Outreach and Informing the Public Grant program, providing smallish grants…

March 02, 2015

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9:21 PM | How Can We Address Indoor Air Pollution?
From KQED Education Do Now: Indoor air pollution from from burning solid fuels for heating and cooking is a huge health concern in many parts of the world. How can we best address this problem?
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5:31 PM | Science Teaching Toolbox: 10 Tried and True Videos for Teaching Science
     We have a seemingly infinite number of resources at our fingertips in this digital age. It can be difficult to wade through it all. I'd like to share some of my favorite teaching videos with you. They haven't all gone viral, and some of them have been around for quite some time. However, I turn to them time and time again and I think you will too.      As far as using videos as a teaching tool goes, I believe that they should be short and never the […]
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3:53 PM | Outreach activity: The Disgustovision Show, a most gruesome microscopy circuit
How do you build a fruit fly circus? First, you’ll need a glass tank. Its size will obviously depend on how many fruit flies you want to perform - or on what tank is hanging around in the department. You’ll also need a small circus tent, circus benches made from fresh apple slices, a sand arena, […]
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12:00 PM | Dr. Marie Curie...
Image Source: Nobel Prize - Biographical (link below)Topics: Chemistry, Diversity in Science, Nobel Prize, STEM, Women in ScienceSynopsisBorn Maria Sklodowska on November 7, 1867, in Warsaw, Poland, Marie Curie became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only woman to win the award in two different fields (physics and chemistry). Curie's efforts, with her husband Pierre Curie, led to the discovery of polonium and radium and, after Pierre's death, the development of X-rays. She died on […]

March 01, 2015

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1:59 PM | Ownership of the Means of Adjudication
Back on Thursday when I was waiting to be annoyed by a speech, one of the ways I passed time was reading stuff on my phone, which included This Grantland piece about Charles Barkley and “advanced stats”. In it, Bryan Curtis makes the argument that while Barkley’s recent comments disparaging statistical tools seem at first…

February 28, 2015

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2:21 AM | Figures and Figure Legends
This is part of a series of tutorials I’m putting together for my students. So, you have collected some interesting data from your experiments. Since no one but you will be reading your lab notebook (but hopefully people could if they wanted to), you need to present that data in figures so the rest of […]

February 27, 2015

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11:00 PM | From The Archives: Designing Products For Aliens
In the October 1952 issue of Popular Science, we wrote about the fascinating, but strange, project spearheaded by 20 MIT students. They were tasked with designing new…
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7:43 PM | Diving into Penn's African American History
During this year, when we are celebrating our 250th anniversary, it is important to recognize the contributions of African Americans to building the institution we are today. Our archives provide a rich source of information that reveals the importance of personal resilience and significant institutional milestones. The medical school opened...
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7:39 PM | Teaching Girls to See Themselves as Leaders, with Tara Sophia...
Teaching Girls to See Themselves as Leaders, with Tara Sophia Mohr In order to guide young women to achieve their full leadership potential, life coach and author Tara Sophia Mohr explains that society as a whole needs to do three things. First, we need to acknowledge that young people hold the key to changing the world for the better. Treating adolescents like they’re powerless only reinforces that harmful untruth. Second, we need to teach them to silence their unhelpful inner critic. […]
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2:59 PM | This Is Not What I Want As a Defense of “The Humanities”
Yesterday was Founders Day at Union, celebrating the 220th anniversary of the granting of a charter for the college. The name of the event always carries a sort of British-boarding-school air for me, and never fails to earworm me with a very particular rugby song, but really it’s just one of those formal-procession-and-big-speaker events that…
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1:43 PM | Satsuma Fields: Encounters with the diaspora provoke reflections on what it means to be Japanese
When the Sakura Maru departed from Yokohama in February 1899 bound for the Peruvian port city of Callao, its 790 passengers must have had high hopes. The Meiji Government had been running campaigns advertising a better quality of life overseas, and the Morioka Emigration Company and other agents promised solid pay for four-year contracts on…
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1:31 AM | Whoa, Canada – Don’t go all ‘murica on us
Our regular commentator Terry writes: Up here in Ontario we are having a debate in our provincial legislature about revised sex education standards. It turned ugly, with a couple conservative members dabbling in homophobic innuendo and anti-evolution remarks. The new sex ed standards would have riled conservative regardless, owing to their distrust of government handling… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Tennessee set to roll back quality of science education (Update: Law […]

February 26, 2015

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6:47 PM | “Engineering Is” for the Next Generation
Explore the connections between engineering and science with KQED’s new, free e-book, Engineering Is Saving the World with Cookstoves. Learn how researchers designed a new, more efficient cookstove to improve the quality of life for families in Darfur.
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4:40 PM | Is Medicine Right for Me? A First-Year Einstein Medical Student Reflects
My route to medical school was fraught with arguments against going: “You won’t have time to enjoy life,” “You’ll be in debt” and, possibly the most alarming, “You know that 50 percent of physicians are burned out, right?” Bombarded with such discouraging thoughts and potentially bleak prospects, I have often questioned what drove me to [...]
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1:41 PM | Baloney degree school goes bankrupt
Here’s a lovely bit of good news! American Medical College of Homeopathy in Phoenix files for bankruptcy, closes doors – Phoenix Business Journal. The American Medical College of Homeopathy has filed Chapter 7 under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and closed its doors. “The need for closure as I understand had nothing to do with the… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Tide turning: Getting complementary therapies out of university education system Generous gift to […]

February 25, 2015

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10:35 PM | Excited to have a couple #brain #paintings as part of @Pfizer's exhibit. #sciart #science #neuroscience #artistsofinstagram #art #artist #fineart #contemporary #commission #newyork #NYC #music #forsale
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10:35 PM | Excited to have a couple #brain #paintings as part of @Pfizer's exhibit. #sciart #science #neuroscience #artistsofinstagram #art #artist #fineart #contemporary #commission #newyork #NYC #depression #forsale
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10:35 PM | Excited to have a couple #brain #paintings as part of @Pfizer's exhibit. #sciart #science #neuroscience #artistsofinstagram #art #artist #fineart #contemporary #commission #newyork #NYC #blackhistorymonth #STEM
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2:33 PM | Division of Labor in Science Communication
Paige Brown Jarreau, who blogs at From the Lab Bench is in the throes of writing her dissertation about science blogging, and plowing through a lot of interview data. She’s sharing some of the process on the blog, and a lot more on Twitter, where it’s prompted a good deal of discussion. One of the…
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2:30 PM | Examining Evidence for Leaderboards and Learning
As I described in my last post, gamification is often misused and abused, applied in ways and in situations where it is unlikely to do much good. When we deploy new learning technologies, the ultimate goal of that change should always be clear, first and foremost. So how do you actually go about setting that sort of […]The post Examining Evidence for Leaderboards and Learning appeared first on NeoAcademic.Related articles from NeoAcademic:Psychological Theory and Gamification […]

Landers, R. & Landers, A. (2015). An Empirical Test of the Theory of Gamified Learning: The Effect of Leaderboards on Time-on-Task and Academic Performance, Simulation & Gaming, DOI: 10.1177/1046878114563662

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2:30 PM | Examining Evidence for Leaderboards and Learning
As I described in my last post, gamification is often misused and abused, applied in ways and in situations where it is unlikely to do much good. When we deploy new learning technologies, the ultimate goal of that change should always be clear, first and foremost. So how do you actually go about setting that sort of […]The post Examining Evidence for Leaderboards and Learning appeared first on NeoAcademic.Related articles from NeoAcademic:Psychological Theory and Gamification […]

Landers, R. & Landers, A. (2015). An Empirical Test of the Theory of Gamified Learning: The Effect of Leaderboards on Time-on-Task and Academic Performance, Simulation & Gaming, DOI: 10.1177/1046878114563662

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February 24, 2015

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11:11 PM | February 22, 2015: Discovering AIDS’ Animal Roots and Discovering Morocco’s Ancient Markets
This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they dangle from a hot air balloon over pristine forest, walk from Russia across Australia, protect Italy's wildlife in a national park, share a language with chimpanzees, document Alberta's tar sands, track the evolution of HIV, climb China's mountains and bird watch, visit Morocco's ancient bazaars, and ski New England's unusually deep powder.
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10:44 PM | Effective Communication, Better Science
Science communication is part of a scientist’s everyday life. Scientists must give talks, write papers and proposals, communicate with a variety of audiences, and educate others. Thus to be... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:56 PM | The Science of Anti-Vaccination by scishow: Fewer children in...
The Science of Anti-Vaccination by scishow: Fewer children in the United States are getting vaccinated. That’s bad news for those kids, and also for public health in general. Often, the response is to argue and debate and get angry at people who are we see as making terrible, irrational decisions. Instead of doing that, let’s use science to understand why this is happening in the first place. Support on Subbable: https://subbable.com/scishow
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5:32 PM | Killing AP U.S. History: Stop Oklahoma A call to action....
Killing AP U.S. History: Stop Oklahoma A call to action. Oklahoma is currently trying to cut off funding for AP US History b/c it fails to push enough American Exceptionalism and allows kids to think critically about history and the role US has played; both good and bad. Please watch the video, share and sign the petition linked: https://www.change.org/p/oklahoma-lawmakers-don-t-ban-ap-courses By: Keith Hughes.
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3:55 PM | Marking Progress in Medical Education and Research
Editors’ Note: A recent study that appears in the journal Academic Medicine proposes a new way to rank medical schools. If this methodology were formally adopted, Albert Einstein College of Medicine would place in the top 10 percent of all U.S. medical schools. Besides educating the next generation of doctors, Einstein strongly values basic science, [...]
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10:40 AM | Oracle Visits AKTF’s Build-A-Boma Project in Maasai Mara
  The sun had risen less than an hour before, yet Anne and the rest of us at the Anne K. Taylor Fund were gathered on an earthen airstrip at the edge of Maasai Mara National Reserve. Our Anti-Poaching Team leaned coolly against their truck, its green paint matching their olive fatigues. I and the…
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