Are core American values an advantage in the R&D workplace? Driving Force May 8, 2015 A recent editorial with the unfortunate title, “Why America’s Obsession with STEM Education is Dangerous,” nevertheless offers a cross-cultural perspective that has been missing from the national conversation on STEM as preparation for careers, a relentlessly innovative economy, and what is lost in the process. Two contradictions feed the backlash by some against STEM. One is an alleged imbalance of emphasis on STEM versus liberal-arts education—a false dichotomy if there ever was one. The other is the disconnect between U.S. preeminence in innovation, research and development on the one hand, and our students’ lagging international rankings on math, science, and reading tests on the other.  VIDEO: STEM diversity conference showcases global workforce of the future Video March 18, 2015 If there is a lack of diversity in STEM in the U.S., you wouldn’t know it here. The recent 2015 Emerging Researchers Network Conference in STEM (ERN) in Washington, D.C., was a beehive of activity as more than 750 students from across the nation gathered to present research, hear speakers, do workshops and network. VIDEO: James Kakalios uses comic superheros to teach science Video March 10, 2015 University of Minnesota physics professor James Kakalios grew up reading comic books. He was a fan of The Flash, Spiderman and The Fantastic Four, among others. In 2001, he taught a freshman seminar that focused on the physics of superheroes as a way to motivate students. The course was wildly popular and lead to his authoring two books on the subject, The Physics of Superheroes and The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics. VIDEO: Google's Vint Cerf recalls early days of Internet, road ahead Video March 03, 2015 Forty years ago, two computer engineers at UCLA—Vinton 'Vint' Cerf and Robert 'Bob' Kahn—created a common communication protocol that would allow data to flow from computer to computer across the Internet. Known as TCP/IP, it earned them the A.M. Turing Award, the highest honor in computer science, as well as the moniker "fathers of the Internet."  NextGen VOICES survey: What was missing from your science education? Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Answer our latest NextGen VOICES survey and get featured in Science. The questions is: What was missing from your science education? Name and describe a course that would have better prepared you for your science career. Your course can be as serious (“Preventing Plagiarism 239”) or as quirky (“Handwriting for Physicians 101”) as you choose. Feel free to be creative!To submit, go to: Measuring what matters:  Creating cachet through low-income enrollments? Measuring what matters: Creating cachet through low-income enrollments? Driving Force September 22, 2014 Two truisms converge in The New York Times’ (NYT) new index of colleges rankings of institutions that enroll low-income students. One is that America loves a horse race, the other is that it’s good to measure what we value (rather than the obverse). 5 Things About Me: Paleontologist Rena Bonem 5 Things About Me: Paleontologist Rena Bonem Member Spotlight July 29, 2014 AAAS fellow and geology professor Rena Bonem’s love for fossils began in middle school. She’s also a certified scuba instructor and an advocate for saving coral reefs. When she’s not in the lab, classroom, or diving,  she competes in agility competitions with her rescue dogs.   5 tips for effective online teaching 5 tips for effective online teaching Driving Force June 25, 2014 The number of college students taking online courses is at an all-time high according to a recent report [pdf], which was compiled by the Babson Survey Research Group with survey data from the College Board. It shows that one-third of students took at least one course online in 2013, a number that is likely to rise even further. According to the survey, 90 percent of academic leaders believe that five years from now the majority of students will take at least one course online. For many professors, it can be a struggle to adapt courses for the online environment. Here are some tips for effectively teaching online courses based on the U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) “Evaluation of evidence-based practices in online learning” [pdf] meta-analysis: Describing and Measuring STEM Teaching Practices Describing and Measuring STEM Teaching Practices Download April 18, 2014 This new book "Describing and Measuring STEM Teaching Practices," is the result of a AAAS/NSF meeting that drew participants from nearly 50 institutions to identify tools and techniques that can be used in describing teaching practices. It discusses five techniques that individuals or organizations can use to measure STEM teaching: faculty and student surveys, interviews, classroom observations and teaching portfolios. The best descriptions of STEM teaching typically involve the use of multiple techniques, the book concludes. Building Your First Lab: Tips, success stories, and how to build your own team Podcast January 00, 1970 Running a lab is the ultimate goal for many early-career scientists, but building a lab that will eventually produce research is often a difficult process. Laboratories come with a host of financial needs and responsibilities. While lab apprenticeships provide training, and mentors offer invaluable advice, there are likely to remain gaps in your lab startup knowledge.In this webinar you will learn from PIs who have successfully started labs and now want to help the next generation of scientists navigate the process.