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
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
May 28, 2018 — This is the audio of a lecture I gave to a graduate class in Community Outreach and Media Relations in the Sciences. It was recorded using my bluetooth microphone, so the audio quality is not as great as it could be. A PDF of the class slides (with most photos removed) can be accessed here.
During the class, I conducted a simulated data collection exercise wherein a hat was passed around and students were asked to write questions on pieces of paper. Here are the ones that were legible:
P.S. we have armpit hair because it’s a scent trap.
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I’ve been a university professor for ten years. Yep, TEN muthafrackin’ years. And I’m proud to report that, as of May 1st of this year, I finally secured the grandest of academic boons, the much sought-after status of tenured professor. Continue reading Tenure, Bitches