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Today Americans for Medical Progress has announced two recipients for academic year 2010-2011 of the Michael D. Hayre Fellowship in Public Outreach, designed to inspire and motivate the next generation of research advocates. This year, I’m especially wowed by their project. From the AMP press release:

Chad has posted an interesting discussion of a study of students’ academic performance and how it is correlated to their evaluations of the faculty teaching them. The study in question is Carrell, S., & West, J. (2010). Does Professor Quality Matter? Evidence from Random Assignment of Students to Professors Journal of Political Economy, 118 (3),…

Why is it that it’s not until you’re right in the middle of a class discussion, one where lots of people are actively engaged, asking good questions and raising important issues, and where you know that you are working against the clock to get all the contributions in, that you discover …

The semester must be in full swing, because suddenly I have an abundance of papers to grade. So I’m using a brief pause (between grading one stack of papers and grading another stack of papers) to share a grading-aid I just figured out at the end of last semester. Typically, by the time the stacks…

When to cancel class.

At Dot Physics, Rhett Allain discusses his philosophy about class meetings: Here is the point I am trying to make – class is for students. Class is not for me. Students pay for classes, so they should get them. Here is the other point. If a student chooses not to come to class, that is…

An open letter

… to the student in my “Ethics in Science” course. Today was our second class meeting, which is essentially the first real class meeting — the one in which, instead of just focusing on the overall arc of the course, and the assignments you’ll be doing, and the mechanics of finding the information you need…

Back in December (or as we academics call it, Exam-Grading Season), esteemed commenter Ewan told us about a horrifying situation that was unfolding for him: Probably not totally relevant, but frankly I’m still in a little shock. Graded exams Friday evening before heading out for weekend. Noted some really strong efforts (take-home exam), some really…