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Category archives for Education

Notes from Kindergarten

A friend of mine just sent this to me (for the record, he’s a structure biologist, i.e. he studies the structure of proteins and other biological molecules): My kid had a screen session with a school administrator for his kindergarten today. Following are some answers he came up with: Teacher: “What is your favorite activity?”…

Charlie Rose Science Series: The Imperative of Science.

One thing I never understood about US colleges is the amount of money pumped into their sports teams. It’s an open invitation to wasted resources and (in worse case scenarios) corruption. From today’s NY Times:

Some more rankings

For some reason I have this irrational love of statistics. It could be due to the fact that as a microscopist I am very weary of qualitative data … it’s easy to see what you want to see. Quantification is the attempt to provide a more objective assessment of the world. This fascination of statistics…

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Cool Animation of Cellular Processes

Here is a link to an awesome animation (via Pure Pedantry). You have your membranes, actin and microtubule cytoskeleton, kinesin based vesicular transport, mRNA nuclear export, protein synthesis and coinsertional translocation into the ER, and membrane traffic from the Golgi to the plasma membrane. (Hey almost everything I’ve ever worked on!)

Editorial on Education

From today’s NY Times editorial section: The national education reform effort has long suffered from magical thinking about what it takes to improve children’s chances of learning. Instead of homing in on teacher training and high standards, things that distinguish effective schools from poor ones, many reformers have embraced the view that the public schools…

News Tid Bits

Summers and the Allston expansion. Latest stats on gender and higher education. And free books! Ladies and Gentlemen start your hard drives. (all quotes+links below the fold)

Ah, back to work. One thing I miss about being at the microscope is listening to NPR. A couple of hours ago there was a good piece on Here & Now about the gap between rich universities and poor universities. And it’s not only that the endowment gap has increased, but the composition of the…

Bravo Harvard

Harvard announced yesterday that it would waive tuitions for undergrads whose families earn less than $60,000 annually. From the Harvard Crimson: The newly expanded financial aid program, which will also reduce the contributions of families with annual incomes between $60,000 and $80,000, is expected to cover more than 1,500 students–nearly a quarter of the College–in…