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. High-Level Scientific Talks: How to give powerful, dynamic presentations to further your career Podcast January 00, 1970 Being able to effectively communicate your science is an essential part of being a successful researcher, whether you are giving an address at a seminar, a job talk for an academic position, or presenting a poster at a conference. If you are struggling to find your voice, or simply need to refine your skills, this installment of the AAAS Career Webinar series can help. Impostor Syndrome: What it is and what you can do about it Impostor syndrome: What it is and what you can do about it Driving Force April 7, 2014 Marie Klawe is a talented computer scientist and president of elite Harvey Mudd College, but in a recent article she admitted to feeling like a failure despite all of her accomplishments. How could such a successful scientist harbor such self-doubt? The answer is that Klawe suffers from "impostor syndrome," a surprisingly common ailment among scientists and academics. Sian Beilock wants to know why we choke Sian Beilock wants to know why we choke under pressure Member Spotlight March 14, 2014 University of Chicago psychologist Sian Beilock has built a career on studying elite athletes, students and other strivers who “choke” under pressure. In 2010 she wrote a book on the subject, "Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To." Improving diversity interventions: An empirical approach is not enough Driving Force March 7, 2014 I don’t like to split hairs, especially when I agree that a critical issue deserves attention. What follows, then, should be read as addressing means, not ends. VIDEO: ERN keynote speaker Paula Hammond: 'It’s the students that make what I do special' Video March 12, 2014 Paula Hammond is a David H. Koch Professor in Engineering, at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Hammond's research focuses on three major areas: creating polymers for revolutionary drug-delivery systems, energy and fuel cells, and the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies. Her lab builds very thin films that can for example, degrade and release a drug, or contain carbon nanotubes that allow her team to generate an electrochemical device. She shared her story with the nearly 1,000 participants, including approximately 650 undergraduate and graduate students in science, technology, math or engineering (STEM), who attended the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM, held Feb. 22-23 in Washington D.C. Watch her keynote address and then check out the other notable speakers from this conference.