Category Archives: Education and the Mind

Are Chemists Ready for Virtual Reality?

Virtual reality (VR), once the province of supercomputer labs, is going mainstream. A few months ago, I strapped on a VR headset in Prof. Joel Franklin’s computer lab so that I could explore multi-hued computer-generated landscapes, some realistic, others purely fanciful. … finish reading Are Chemists Ready for Virtual Reality?

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Bright Times for Computational Chemistry

I can still remember when computational chemistry was considered a special, esoteric (some would have said “useless”) sub-specialty within physical chemistry. Three recent articles in scientific journals show that the times have changed. Future research will have a computational component almost … finish reading Bright Times for Computational Chemistry

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Is lecture discriminatory?

Lecture is, perhaps, the most time-honored method of college instruction out there. It would seem to create the perfectly level playing field: every student hears the same lecture and every student has the same opportunity to pay attention and learn. … finish reading Is lecture discriminatory?

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Scientist as storyteller

Chemists are storytellers out of necessity. A friend of mine just sent me an article that he wrote (and has gotten approved for publication). It begins, “One of the main problems for student comprehension of chemistry is that atoms and molecules are invisible entities.”

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Give yourself time to think

Jerry Mitrovica is a professor of geophysics at Harvard who studies changes in sea-level. He was recently interviewed by the science magazine, Nautilus, (“Why Our Intuition About Sea-Level Rise is Wrong”, 18 Feb 2016) on such topics as how the earth’s … finish reading Give yourself time to think

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Holiday greetings from the Dalai Lama

His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, has a message for us (reposted from Lion’s Roar): My hope and wish is that, one day, formal education will pay attention to what I call education of the heart. Just as we take for … finish reading Holiday greetings from the Dalai Lama

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Eric Mazur on Assessment

Eric Mazur is well known in science teaching circles for the innovative teaching approaches that he has popularized. He pays close attention to student behavior and data on student performance, and he also thinks deeply about what is going on … finish reading Eric Mazur on Assessment

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Still smiling …

His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, visited Portland’s Memorial Coliseum last month at the invitation of Maitripa College. So amazing … either he has the ability to single-handedly raise the spirits of 11,000 strangers, or we project that ability on … finish reading Still smiling …

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Become a Reed senior: own a bit of science

Is science something you learn or is it something you do? Reed students seem to spend an unusual amount of time on both. They spend hundreds of hours curled up with books and assignments, and they also spend hundreds of … finish reading Become a Reed senior: own a bit of science

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Silent Meditation Every Thursday

A famous koan asks, What is this? You can investigate this or just “be in the moment” every Thursday, 2:15-3:15, Reed Chapel. The Thursday silent meditation periods are being hosted by two Reed students, Molly Jackson-Nielsen and Rebecca Shafer. Don’t … finish reading Silent Meditation Every Thursday

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