The Heffernan Conundrum

A lot of Twitter energy was soaked up Friday afternoon by a half stupid article by Virginia Heffernan at the New York Times. Sparked by Sodamageddon, she takes a look at ScienceBlogs for the first time, and doesn’t like what she sees: Hammering away at an ideology, substituting stridency for contemplation, pummeling its enemies in […]

Links for 2010-07-31

slacktivist: If you can make it there “Newcomers are often insecure, and a debt of gratitude can make anyone feel a bit awkward, so I try my best to be patient with some of the sillier things often said by those from the American “heartland” about supposed “East Coast elites” in general and New York […]

Reader Request: Quantum Complexity

There’s some good stuff in yesterday’s post asking what physics you’d like to read more about. I’m nursing a sore neck and shoulder, so I’ll only do one or two quick ones today, starting with James D. Miller in the first comment: 1) Is it true that our understanding of quantum physics comes from studying […]

Should Doctors Have to Take Physics and Chemistry?

The New York Times today has a story with the provocative title Getting Into Med School Without Hard Sciences, about a program at Mount Sinai that allows students to go to med school without taking the three things most dreaded by pre-meds: physics, organic chemistry, and the MCAT: [I]t came as a total shock to […]

Links for 2010-07-30

Getting young scientists into the science teacher pipeline: IU News Room: Indiana University “Producing science teachers who can keep up with rapidly advancing fields and can also inspire students is not an easy task. With a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Scholarship Program, the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis […]

Two Cultures Defining Research

I was initially puzzled by the headline “Research-Assignment Handouts Give Students Meager Guidance, Survey Finds,” and the opening sentences didn’t help much: Most research-assignment handouts given to undergraduates fail to guide the students toward a comprehensive strategy for completing the work, according to two researchers at the University of Washington who are studying how students […]