Monthly Archives: January 2014

My First MOOC Experience, Part 1

The teaching community has been abuzz over the past few years about MOOCs.  Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are free classes offered from major universities.  I plan on discussing the idea of MOOCs in a future post.  For now, I … Continue reading

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Using Genetics to Identify Contamination in High-Quality Cacao

How can you be sure that high-end candy bar contains only the best chocolate?  The answer, of course, is genetics. A new paper (pdf:  Accurate Determination of Genetic Identity for a Single Cocoa Bean Ensures Cocoa Authentication) out this month … Continue reading

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TED Talks: Bill Gates – Teachers need real feedback

Bill and Melinda Gates are the champions of many causes, one of which is education reform.  In the video below, Bill Gates shares his thoughts on ways to improve K-12 education.  The main idea is that public school teachers receive … Continue reading

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TED Talks: Eric Dishman – Health care should be a team sport

In the TED Talk video below, Eric Dishman shares his experiences as a patient with chronic kidney disease.  Eric saw the unfortunate side of medicine with multiple conflicting diagnoses, prescription problems, and lack of concern.  But he has also found … Continue reading

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