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In praise of NASA’s Earth Observatory

Let me now sing the praises of NASA’s Earth Observatory, a phenomenal web-based public education resource that is celebrating its 10th birthday today. Every day for the past decade, NASA has been uploading spectacular remote sensing images and astronaut photographs and accompanying them with clearly written, jargon-free but scientifically accurate explanations of the pictured phenomena.…

Let me start by saying that I love my upper-level undergraduate students. They are engaged, enthusiastic, willing to try anything, hard-working, and asking great questions. I have near perfect attendance in my class, and when a student misses class, I usually hear a pretty legitimate excuse, often with documentation. Our students have complicated lives. But…

Problems with pacing in a large lecture course

Scene 1: a few days ago (SW notes that most pencils in the room have stopped moving or have slowed down) SW: OK, so moving on, we see … (flipping to next slide) (A hand goes up near the back of the auditorium) SW: Yes? Did you have a question? Stu Dent 1: Could you…

Sciencewoman says: Some of readers have been wondering about what life is like for those jobs at primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs). Alice and I are indubitably unqualified to answer that question, so Kim Hannula of “All of my faults are stress related…” graciously offered to provide some perspective. Kim is an incredibly thoughtful blogger about…