DNA Dreams at Harvard

This is a panel discussion of the documentary film DNA Dreams (see below), about BGI and its Cognitive Genomics Lab. DNA DREAMS Moderator: Dr. Evelynn Hammonds, Director of the Project on Race & Gender in Science & Medicine, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research/Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science Panelists include: (L …

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Value-Added College Rankings

New report from Brookings estimates value added (in terms of economic success) by university, controlling for input factors such as student quality and family income. This is just the first step toward outcomes-driven rankings of universities that will be far more useful than the existing rankings, which are largely based on prestige. Brief summary. See …

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Youtube Data for Research

Sometimes I interact with folks interested in digital projects that entail some form of video analysis. These noble hypothetical folk, whether they know it or not, join a quest to augment Digital Humanities discourse with a format that doesn’t get enough attention. Brave souls. Just for starters, video data sources can be tough to gain access to. For projects …

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Instructional Coaching Policy, Part 2

Last week, this Common Core and Curriculum blog introduced instructional coaching policy as a recent reform designed to create and develop instructional capacity. While last week’s article focused on situating instructional coaching in the broader policy environment, the focus of this week’s article is the “nuts and bolts” of coaching. Jack of All Trades In …

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Nutritional Density

This week’s blog has nothing to do the ratio of calories to vitamins, minerals and the other weenie bits in our food that make it healthy (or not, as the case may be). Today I’m wrapping up an unusually long trajectory of musings on the connection between explaining the uptick in obesity and taking some …

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TPACK Vanity (v. 2.0)

Back in 2006 Matt and I took a bunch of work that we had been doing in the area of technology integration for teaching and pulled it together into one broad theoretical framework and published it in TCRecord. The TPACK framework as it has come to be known has been incredibly influential—far more than we could …

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Thirty Years

No, the LTEE did not suddenly jump forward by almost 3 years. That milestone will be reached on February 24, 2018. Next Friday is the end of the semester at MSU and, for me, it will mark 30 years that I’ve been on the faculty: six at UC-Irvine, and 24 here at MSU. (I also taught …

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CRISPR edits in human zygotes

Results such as these had been the subject of rumors for some time. Also covered in Nature News. It is very early days for this technology — the off-target rate can probably be reduced significantly using better methods. But in the near term, safety and efficacy issues make PGD a better technique for improving human …

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Distressed District, At-Risk, and Retirement Funding Among Items of Debate in the Upcoming State Budget Conferences

While Governor Snyder’s release of his Executive Budget Recommendations in early 2015 received significant attention, very little notice was paid to the release of the Senate and House of Representative’s budget proposals. Although the two houses in the legislative branch concurred with the Governor on many aspects of the proposed 2015-16 School Aid Fund appropriations, …

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Failure. Eep!

Failure. . . It sucks, but everyone successful has failed at some point, so it’s useful to talk about how to “fail well”. I was recently asked to share my thoughts on failure with a mentee, and how to avoid/overcome it. This is what I mean by “failing well”. To “fail well”, I mean to fail at something …

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Sparks of Eternity

Sparks of Eternity is a religious education game that is designed as a new approach to the teaching of Rabbinic literature for Jewish high school students. The game was collaboratively designed game between the Games for Entertainment and Learning (GEL) Lab at Michigan State University and the Frankel Jewish Academy. The goal of the collaboration …

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Instructional Coaching Policy, Part 1

This week’s Green & Write post will be the first in a two-part series on instructional coaching. In recent years, instructional coaching has emerged as an important policy lever for implementing curricular reform. Michigan, along with many other states, specifically includes instructional coaching in its ESEA waiver as a policy solution for struggling districts that …

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Essay

  Edge by Marcia Aldrich In every man’s heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibration of beauty. —Christopher Morley Start with a dead deer at the side of Hamilton Road. A major artery between Okemos and Dobie roads, it is my route to work, to the supermarket, to the post office …

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But Can We Blame Them?

We’ve been exploring how the Evil Empire (e.g. the food industry) can be held responsible for the increase in obesity and the decline of public health for the last two weeks. This week we pause to remind ourselves that the food industry has done all these things because they are trying to make a buck. …

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The Veil of Privacy in an Age of Anxiety

[What follows is my contribution to “Other People’s Privacy: Secondary Characters in Nonfiction,” a panel presentation to the annual meeting of the Associated Writing Programs in Minneapolis earlier this month. I joined Emily Fox Gordon, Debra Monroe (moderator), John T. Price, and Robin Hemley on the panel.] I confess to some anxiety over the task …

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Wells Hall #2

I recently began conducting archival research into the second Wells Hall. We have been interested in learning details regarding the building’s construction and subsequent demolition, as well as piecing together what student life was like in the dormitory. During this summer’s CAP field school, we may conduct excavations near the location of the former Wells …

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Info Lit Summit 2015: What’s the Big Idea?! Incorporating Threshold Concepts into Your Teaching Practice

I attended the 14th Annual Information Literacy Summit this past week and heard an excellent keynote from Amy R. Hofer, Silvia Lu, and Lori Townsend. (A link to the keynote will be posted here when available). Some of the key ideas from the presentation were: Conceptual teaching is increasingly important because information doesn’t just live …

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Chemistry

Oops! Unless you are one of the two readers who frequent this locus on bi-weekly to monthly basis, it seems that a random web-search may have landed you right in the midst of a long stream of consciousness rant on ethical dietetics. It began with some thoughts on being hospitable, but turned quickly to the …

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IQ prediction from structural MRI

These authors use machine learning techniques to build sparse predictors based on grey/white matter volumes of specific regions. Correlations obtained are ~ 0.7 (see figure). I predict that genomic estimators of this kind will be available once ~ 1 million genomes and cognitive scores are available for analysis. See also Myths, Sisyphus and g. MRI-Based …

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