Qualifying Exam Presentation – Jamey Fraser

Join us July 25th in Reynolds 1101 for the qualifying examination of PhD student, Jamey Fraser. The public presentation of his PhD proposal will take place at 10:00 am, followed by the formal examination period. Title: Investigating student self-efficacy and engagement using automated feedback Abstract: Increased classroom sizes have diminished educators’ ability to provide students withContinue reading "Qualifying Exam Presentation – Jamey Fraser"

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Personal Safety at Scientific Conferences

Considerations about my personal safety always influence my conference travel, accommodation, and eating plans. This statement probably is not surprising to other women or female-identifying/presenting people. Why is this the case? I am always worried about getting harassed, attacked, or murdered. It sounds ridiculous doesn’t it? Right up until we hear about cases such as the murder of Dr. Suzanne Eaton. She was attending a conference on the Greek island of Crete, took a break…

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Beyond Moon: Moving Autonomously using Real-time Stereo vision (MARS) Rover powered by Artificial Intelligence

In 1962, US President John F. Kennedy declared, “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” And seven years later, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took the first steps on the lunar surface. We are now celebrating 50 years of moon landing! Our MARS Rover The time has come to do other things, including putting…

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Don’t trust an anthropomorphic raccoon

Have you heard the term anthropomorphism? It refers to ascribing human-like traits to non-human entities. Most biologists discourage the application of anthropomorphism, like your cat is plotting to kill you when you won’t let it outside, or that the racoon you’re feeding thinks of you as a friend. Chances are your cat isn’t actually plotting... Continue Reading →

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Active Learning Strategies and Examples

Last post, we discussed what active learning is and some reasons why it is beneficial. Now, let’s dive into active learning strategies and examples for improvement in the classroom. In all probability, you are already are using some of them.  Active learning encompasses everything from pausing for reflection to experimental site visits. We begin by […] The post Active Learning Strategies and Examples appeared first on Ajax Scientifc Ltd.

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CREATORS – Michele Banks

Name: Michele Banks Which came first in your life, the science or the art? Art. I have no academic background in science—or art, actually! I have degrees in Political Science and Russian Studies, so it really makes no sense that I ended up as a painter of microbes. Life is strange. I started painting as a creative outlet about 20 years ago, doing mostly abstract watercolour. When I showed my work, people started telling me…

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STEMinism Sunday: Amanda Roe

Just hanging out in the forest, looking for some bugs. Welcome to STEMinism Sunday! As a former woman in science, I have a deep and enduring interest in the experiences and representation of women in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math). This series will be an opportunity for me – and you – to get to know some of these intellectual badasses. Today I’d like you to meet Dr. Amanda Roe, of the Great…

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