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'Relegating beauty to the study of art and leaving it out of science is no longer tenable'

'Relegating beauty to the study of art and leaving it out of science is no longer tenable' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Elegant equations evoke the same activity in mathematicians' brains as gorgeous art or music
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STEAM, not STEM.

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Why Scientists Should Embrace the Liberal Arts

Why Scientists Should Embrace the Liberal Arts | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Science alone isn’t enough to solve the world’s problems."

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Example— The resistance to vaccine use is a prime example. The supposed link between autism and common childhood vaccines was based on fraudulent research published in the British journal The Lancet in 1998. After the fraud was uncovered the lead author was stripped of his medical license and the article was retracted. Subsequent investigations by the Department of Health in the U.K. and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in the U.S. as well as a definitive study published in the August 2013 issue of The Journal of Pediatrics have all debunked the vaccine–autism link. Yet the percentage of parents who delay or forgo immunization of their children has increased alarmingly in recent years and, partly as a result, measles, mumps and whooping cough are making a comeback.

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Where Dreams Go to Die—Math Class?

Where Dreams Go to Die—Math Class? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Six core principles guide Carnegie's work. They are:

  1. Make the work problem-specific and user-centered. It starts with a single question: “What specifically is the problem we are trying to solve?” It engages key practitioners early and often as co-developers.

  2. Variation in performance is the core problem to address. The critical issue is not simply what works but rather what works for whom and under what set of conditions. Local context considerations lead to variability in implementation in ways that reduce effectiveness. Aim to advance efficacy reliably and at scale, adapt to local contexts, but test those adaptations to warrant them as improvements.

  3. Observe the system that produces the current outcomes. It is hard to improve what you do not fully understand. See how local conditions shape work processes. Make your hypotheses for change public and clear.

  4. We cannot improve at scale what we cannot measure. Embed measures of key outcomes and processes to track whether changes are improvements. We intervene in complex organizations. Anticipate unintended consequences and measure them too.

  5. Anchor practice improvement in disciplined inquiry. Engage rapid cycles of plan, do, study, act (PDSA) to learn fast, fail fast, and improve quickly. That failures occur is not the problem; that we fail to learn from them is.

  6. Accelerate improvements through networked communities. Embrace the wisdom of crowds.

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STEM and the Community College

As science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers paths heat up, students are getting a good start in their education from a most unexpected source. Community colleges have two distinct roles: certifying technicians for the workforce or providing the first two years of a bachelor's degree.

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U Iowa Grows a Green Roof on $126 million interdisciplinary biomedical research center

U Iowa Grows a Green Roof on $126 million interdisciplinary biomedical research center | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The University of Iowa recently opened its new $126 million interdisciplinary biomedical research center, which sports what it claims is a first for the state: a green roof.
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

"The facility, which is pursuing gold LEED certification, will include multiple microclimates to accommodate a variety of plantings, according to coverage in the Daily Iowan. Also, because portions of the roof can be seen from many of the building's offices, the green will provide a visual break for occupants.


Among the operations in the center will be six floors of research labs and a mix of wet and dry labs. Among the major areas of research will be diabetes, cardiovascular, auditory, lung biology and biomedical imaging. One level will contain the Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging, with several MRIs."

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How One College Boosted Female STEM Graduates–Fast

How One College Boosted Female STEM Graduates–Fast | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The story of how Harvey Mudd College quadrupled its women computer-science graduates in just six years shows how quickly a concerted effort by one organization can shift the balance. 

Even though the 777-student college, which was named for the mining engineer who founded it in the 1950s, specializes in engineering, science, math and computer science, women computer-science majors in 2006 comprised a disappointing 10% of the graduating class.

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Now: "Females now make up about 45% of the college’s computer science grads, a percentage that reflects the male-female balance on campus as a whole, and is quadruple the 2006 figure."

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Biomedical Research Building Design Competition - Northwestern University

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Northwestern University has selected three architectural firms as finalists in a competition to design a new Biomedical Research Building for the Feinberg School of Medicine on the University’s Chicago campus. Now we’d like to get your input on the proposed designs.

The three finalists in the design competition for the new Biomedical Research Building are:

Northwestern’s Board of Trustees will make the final selection of the winning design, with a decision expected this year.

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

An important design on a controversial property.

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