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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"

Brain games and quantitative biology

Over the past couple decades lots of companies have come out with brain games that are supposed to increase brain function through training. A recent article in Nature pretty definitively shows that these supposed generalized brain training exercises don't do much of anything, a result that I think might speak to interdisciplinary science teaching as well.

Minimally invasive education

You're probably aware of the TED talks - short talks by interesting people that then get posted to the web. I came across one recently by Sugata Mitra, an Indian professor / educator who did an experiment where he put computers into Indian slums and walked away, with a video camera recording what happened afterwards.

Variety is the spice of good studying

If you haven't seen it already, you should read over this very interesting article in the NY Times last week summarizing research on learning styles for students (your students might be well served to read it as well). The article discusses recent research on what makes for good study habits.

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