Category archives for Education

Lush Beauty of Mathematical Cornucopia

When I was an undergraduate student in Chemistry, I was treated to an unforgettable lecture by Prof. Carl Trindel on symmetry in nature. Vi Hart’s example takes this concept in a mathematical direction with depth, insight and beauty. Enjoy!

A Free MIT Education = MITx

Yes, earning a degree from MIT can be costly. Believe it or not, MIT has been offering free course materials for ten years now. If you’re an educator, and you’re not familiar with their extraordinary OpenCourseWare, you’re missing out. One hundred million people so far have learned from this free open source.

Should Academic Administrators Blog, Tweet?

VPAA Corner Communication between academic administrators, faculty and students has never been easy. Should administrators embrace new media? Should they blog, tweet, post videos on YouTube? Or is it somehow undignified, too familiar?

Triangular Beauty, Pretending to do Math?

Math is boring, you say? Does your mind drift in math class, leading you to unpredictable paths layed out by doodles? Try some triangular beauty, pretending to do math.

New Opportunities across the Blogosphere

Dear readers, Some of you may be wondering what’s going on at Dean’s Corner. I begin a new position at my University tomorrow, August 15, serving as the Acting Vice President of Academic Affairs. {You can read the announcement here.}

The Triumph of the American Madrasahs

This piece was co-authored with Sir Harold Kroto. New legislation suggests a more appropriate name for the U.S.A.: The Unenlightened States of America.

Minute To Win It: The Sun

Why is the sun so hot?

So Where Will Those Jobs Be?

silverlinedwinnebago’s Flickr photostream Some of the happiest people in the world come home smelling to high heaven at the end of the day. “Bruce Almighty” (2003)

Girls Rule Google Science Fair!

Winners (from left to right): Lauren Hodge, Shree Bose, Naomi Shah Girls swept all three age categories at Google’s first science fair!

How Educated is Your State Legislator?

How educated is your state legislator? The answer varies considerably from state to state. While many lawmakers hold a college degree, support of public higher education, it seems, has always been a challenge. Consider this scenario: