Category Archives: education

Trivia Night With the Pop Health PhD Students


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It’s another installment of the rolling Raywat Deonandan trivia competition! This time the competitors were a small selection of PhD students in Population Health. I had just given them a presentation on how to write an op-ed, and we retired to Cafe Nostalgica for beer and trivia. Continue reading Trivia Night With the Pop Health PhD Students

Thanking John Polanyi


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There’s a personal anecdote that I tell almost every one of my undergraduate classes. I’ve blogged about it multiple times, as well. (I did it for the my 50th birthday post, back in 2016 when I won an education award, and a 2014 post which was actually all about this anecdote).

But why not do it again? Continue reading Thanking John Polanyi

Why We Need a Control Group


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A common casual discussion topic among my fellow educators is the question of what the essential focus should be for a true universal education system. Having seen an increasing sense of innumeracy and relative ignorance of recent history among my own students, my default position is always that everyone –young and old– could benefit from remediation in both mathematics and general history. Continue reading Why We Need a Control Group