Author Archives: Tarantulana

Blog 10 – Changing Higher Education

In this blog, I’m going to discuss two topics in higher education where I would like to see a change.  The first of these topics, a redefinition of our grading system, was prompted after our class discussion of the flaws … Continue reading Continue reading

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Blog 9 — Parental Expectations

Did anyone else see this article in The Chronicle today?  The article discusses the disconnect some first generation college students feel when interacting with their families and includes stories from interviews with several Ph.D. students from working class backgrounds. As … Continue reading Continue reading

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Blog 8 – Citation of Unethical Studies

One thorny issue that we spent some time in class discussing, and which I’d like to discuss further here, is the ethical obligation of a scientist when considering whether to cite a study with unethical data collection methods. For the … Continue reading Continue reading

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Blog 7 – Communicating Science

Although I was out of town during the special class on communicating science, I’d like to use this blog to talk about why communicating science is so important and how we, as scientists, can improve this communication. Why Is Communicating … Continue reading Continue reading

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Blog 6 – Scientific Misconduct and Living with a Broken System

In a previous blog, I talked about the limitations of peer review in catching cases of scientific fraud. Science has traditionally been considered a self-policing field, but if our peer review process cannot determine if a paper is fraudulent, how … Continue reading Continue reading

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Blog 5 – Flipping the Classroom

One topic that has come up in our discussions in class is the idea of flipping the classroom – in this blog, I talk about my experiences with and thoughts on how this technique can be used in engineering. As … Continue reading Continue reading

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Blog 4 – “Binary” Representation of Ethics

In class, we touched a bit on the way ethics is typically taught at the undergraduate level in the engineering. For me, this brought to mind my recent experience taking the FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) Exam. Because of my background, … Continue reading Continue reading

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Blog 3 – Reflections on Online Education

One topic we have discussed several times this semester is the ever-increasing role of online courses in higher education. Today, I reflect on my experiences with and future hopes for online education. Online Learning – Love it or hate it? … Continue reading Continue reading

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