Is Learning Science as Good For the Brain as Learning a Foreign Language? #Infographic

As both a biologist, and someone who learned a foreign language (Spanish, in my 20’s, by going to language immersion school in Mexico and Costa Rica), I’d have to say that both have helped keep my brain sharp. I’ve felt that sharp tinge of “Oh! My brain hurts!” after both a long Biology seminar, and […]

16 Books for Science Lovers of All Ages #Infographic #STEM

I love science. I’ve always loved it, from animals to the environment, to geology and the history of life on Earth, to yicky stuff. Here is an awesome list of books for kids of all ages, who might be looking to explore. (links below the infographic)   Books for Elementary School Students Bones: Skeletons and How […]

Deeper Learning for Student Mastery #Infographic | #connected

Any teacher who loves The Scientific Method has to love The Deeper Learning Model. The Deeper Learning for Student Mastery Infographic covers the six competencies of The Deeper Learning Model, and shares strategies for using these competencies to make student learning more empowering, effective, and meaningful. As any STEM teacher knows, students learn by doing. And they […]

Does Online Education Deepen the Divide Between Quality Education and Ease of Use?

In an article from The Chronicle of Higher Education, 3 Things Academic Leaders Believe About Online Education, the author suggests that leaders in education believe that online education is critical – to all types of colleges, that hybrid courses (part online, part in class) are just as good as face-to-face classes, and that most professors (72%) […]

The One Trick for Completing a Dissertation That No One Tells You

There are plenty of advice articles out there on how to complete a dissertation. Articles that tell you to plan your day with working on your dissertation first. Articles that say you should spend at least 25 minutes each day writing, instead of reading. Articles that tell you how to deal with such a large […]

But where did we COME from? The burning question about chickens, eggs, humans, and apes.

There were two great videos making the rounds on Facebook this weekend. The first, about the origin of humans, and how we know where (geographically) we came from. This brilliant talk  describes how “all humans share some common bits of DNA, passed down to us from our African ancestors. Geneticist Spencer Wells talks about how […]

Technology has solved the problem of “women in science”

Technology has made a difference in all things. Think about student success. Technology helps us get organized, do better research, and collaborate. Technology has made the dissertation process better. Whereas once, students felt lonely while writing, that is not true today. Where you might not have a good advisor, now you can collaborate with others. […]

The Deadliest Animal in the World | Bill Gates

Part of the reason I love science so much is that it helps me to understand the world around me. Unfortunately, that can also make me think way to much about stuff that can kill me (Ignorance is bliss, right?) From Bill Gates’ blog: When it comes to killing humans, no other animal even comes […]