Walker talked about his experiences running a science research team and the development of educational resources for MIT and the broader education community in a plenary lecture The inspiration and commitment to education at the annual meeting of the ‘ American Association for the Advancement of Science .Massachusetts Institute of Technology biologist Graham Walker, head of a research group focused on science education. It aims to recreate the creativity and enthusiasm of his research: doctoral and graduate students who worked with Walker and his colleagues at MIT to identify new research questions in science education and to find ways to solve them.
When he started, the research team has begun to list the educational concepts of biology and the group to see how they were related, based on the concept of force inventory, a list of concepts of physics to track student progress. In biology, there are about a billion ideas, says Walker. We tried to put all these many, many concepts into hierarchical, cross-references a lot of ideas and see what happened at the top.
Jo Handelsman, HHMI professor at Yale, gave a lecture on how to actively involve students in learning. His speech was part of a session on how to reform education for students of biology, Handelsman and discussed how to use evidence-based teaching and learning methods to improve science education.
One of these claims, At the molecular level, biology is based on three-dimensional interactions of complementary surfaces, particularly struck Walker. He noted that students in introductory biology courses are struggling to understand the complex three-dimensional structure of proteins, in part because they have studied the protein as two-dimensional objects on a sheet of paper.
Sounds like explosions and gunfire have long been part of therapy programs. But the smells were rarely included, even if they can cause flashbacks and personal service long after leaving the battlefield.
Walker’s HHMI professorship was renewed last year and he is eager to have his group of educational research spin-off in new and interesting. They will experiment with new ways to educate students in the biological sciences – new ways to move some of the other concepts of basic biology, for example. I’m a little ‘hoping that some idea will catch us all by surprise of how the software makes the folding of proteins, he said.
Walker Dating Education Research Group, which is modeled on research lab meetings, including colleagues at MIT Office of Educational Innovation and Technology, in particular, the programmers who contribute to research that links the classroom. The group discussed various programs that display the structure of proteins, but the software was too simplistic or too difficult for students. At last he said: Why not build a new viewer of protein from scratch? Their creation resulting StarBiochem is a computer program that is now free online and is used around the world to teach the folding of proteins.
Karl Deisseroth, an HHMI early career scientist at Stanford, spoke about his research in the rapidly growing optogenetics. Deisseroth is one of the pioneers in the field and discussed a new technique that allows scientists to use the light to turn on or off individual neurons. He and his colleagues used the technique to the study, e.
Discussion took place at the Walker Washington Convention Center East Room.