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Archives for November, 2007

The Wired Campus has an interesting article on nursing students at Tacoma Community College. In John Miller’s class, the students practice interviewing patients in Second Life. This sort of activity, of course, is one that could be carried out in a classroom, but I can see the advantages of having student interview other “people” who…

Congratulations to George Cachianes (who I’ve written about before), his amazing students from Abraham Lincoln High School, and collaborators at UCSF! These students, from a public high school no less, placed in the top 6 finalists, along with only one other US team. The other top teams were: Peking University (China), University of Science and…

For many years, I had my biotech students do projects where each group of students would analyze their own data, in addition to all of the data gathered by the class. I would draw a table on the white board and each group would enter their data. At the end of the class, all the…

A few weeks ago, I asked if you, dear readers would be able to tell the difference between a computer scientist and a serial killer. Now, I’ve seen the crowds at the UW computational biology seminars and I’ve also seen pictures of serial killers in the newspaper. I don’t think it would be easy to…

I had some strange notions when I made the jump from working at the lab bench to teaching at the white board. I thought good teaching meant interesting lectures. And I was completely unaware that people actually conducted research in science education. If I had been asked about education research, I would have replied that…

Last year I wrote about an experiment where I compared a human mitochondrial DNA sequence to primate sequences in the GenBank. Since I wanted to know about the differences between humans, gorillas, and chimps, I used the Entrez query ‘Great Apes’ to limit my search to a set of sequences in the PopSet database that…

Reposted from Halloween 2006. Since Ben shared his family’s taxonomy of candy types, and it’s Friday, after all, I thought I’d share some of things that we do with candy around our house and describe some fun things that you can do with candy at home.