David Voorhees champions community-college science David Voorhees champions community-college science Member Spotlight June 12, 2015 Most of the thousands of earth-science students geologist David Voorhees has taught over the years haven’t majored in his discipline, or earned degrees in science at all. Nonetheless, he considers them to be his rock-solid success stories. Strategies for Bridging the Academia-Industry Gap Strategies for bridging the academia-industry gap Driving Force June 30, 2015 Students who decide to make a last-minute leap from academia to industry often find themselves in an academia-industry career gap, struggling to land their first jobs in fields for which they have been inadequately trained. 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:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NG13mc 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: