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Evolutionary Questions - Losing is Harder Than Gaining

On the research side of SimBio, we spend a lot of time writing questions for testing whether students are learning from our labs. We also publish papers on these tests—making a really good test takes enough work to merit its own publication. So even though research is supposed to be an objective, emotionless search for the truth, I'll admit to a sinking feeling while reading

Sugary science by 10 year olds

It's always nice to finish things with a sweet taste, and in case you haven't seen it, a new study on whether bees can combine color and pattern in deciding where to forage will leave you with a sugary biology aftertaste for 2010. Published in a serious journal (Biology Letters from the Royal Society), it's written by 10 year olds,

Women, Physics, and Testosterone - Believing is half the battle

Although women now make up more than 1/2 of college students in the U.S., there is still a persistent gap in the number of women in the sciences, particularly in physics, and related fields like engineering and math.

Educating pre-medical students: the testing dilemma

Many of the students in our biology classes want to be doctors, and I recently stumbled on what looks like a major effort to update the pre-med curriculum, sponsored by the medical colleges association and HHMI. The thrust of the report is that to get into medical school, students should show "competency"

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