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Archives for March, 2007

Science labs are not for all people.

It’s dyscalculia. The curse of math instructors everywhere. A few years ago, students at the community college, where I taught, petitioned to have math removed from the list of courses that were required for a degree. Part of the reason, they argued, was that one student claimed that he shouldn’t have to take math because…

From NWABR: Would you like to integrate ethics into your science classroom, but aren’t sure which topics to address or teaching methods to use? Do you feel that ethics is important to include in science education, but feel uncomfortable with your own lack of background knowledge? Have you observed how students’ motivation to learn content…

Blogging from the NW ASM branch meeting, part II Yesterday, I wrote about the some of present (and future) methods that are (or will be) used in clinical labs to identify pathogenic microbes. In these next two posts, I want to describe the talks I attended on antibiotic resistance, from Xuan Qin and Fred Tenover…

It looked like just any other rainy Saturday morning in the Pacific Northwest, but no, this Saturday was a day for microbiology. Reluctantly, I crawled out of my warm bed and headed over to the University of Washington to attend a meeting of the Pacific NW branch of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

I don’t often play these meme games but since none of the other female SciBlings have jumped on the bandwagon, and I’ve read at least as much science fiction as some of the other Scibs in the game (PZ, Mark, Afrensis, Orac, Joseph, Bora, and John), I just had to join in. First, for the…

It must be spring. Summer course announcements are popping up everywhere and this site is no exception. Last Friday, I posted an announcement about our summer bioinformatics course in Alaska, June 27-29th. This week, I have a couple more conferences to announce. Naturally, I’ll be at both of them, leading hands-on workshops for college and…

Registration has opened a bit late this year, but it’s always tricky when large programs change hands. The Chautauqua Short Course program for College Teachers is no different. In fact, as far as I know, we may still be waiting for the National Science Foundation to make a final decision on funding. Still, summer is…

Maybe a little squid told him that tomorrow is PZ’s birthday. Happy birthday PZ! The fish and I wish you 50 more!