• Arrested Development

    It’s spring of 2014, I’m teaching a course that I have not taught since my SCALE-UP epiphany, and thus, this blog will morph yet again. But what could be more appropriate for a morphing blog than a course in Developmental Biology? It’s been a while, but I have taught this class before, and as I’ve […]

  • pardon the interruption

    A public service announcement from your friendly Assistant Vice President: For students and faculty alike, this may be the most stressful week of the year. Taking exams, grading exams. It’s hard work all around. I’m grading final projects, rather than exams, which is a whole lot more fun, but I still need to get up […]

  • Hope

    Tonight was the first of three sessions in which my Cancer Biology students present their final team projects. The assignment was simple: create a public work, using any medium of your choosing, to demonstrate understanding and add meaning to the Hallmarks of Cancer. The six hallmarks of cancer, as first articulated  by Douglas Hanahan and […]

  • Crowdsourcing cancer

    “Race for the Cure” “Until We Find a Cure” The disease is so ubiquitous, no one one even bothers to name it anymore. When I was younger, I believed there might be a cure. At one point, I even believed I might discover the cure. But that was before I came to appreciate that it […]

  • ‘beeting’ cancer one cupcake at a time: goodbye red dye No. 40

    Here’s a post that will double for my Cancer Biology class blog and for my personal blog. How’s that for efficient? Teaching cancer biology is a love/hate situation for me. Love the students. Hate cancer. Love the cells, the molecules, the signaling pathways, the microscopy. Hate cancer. Love how engaged my students are becoming with […]

  • Confessions from the pulpit, I mean, lectern

    2013 may prove to be the year of challenges for me. A new administrative job with some awesome opportunities and the responsibilities to go with them. The Boston Marathon, at last. And far from least, offering a cancer biology class in an active learning format. When I was first asked to teach the course, I […]

  • telling our stories – reposted from fall 2011

    Beginning next week, our class will engage with the cell biology of cancer. Hanahan and Weinberg’s paradigm shifting “Hallmarks of Cancer”, published in 2000 and their recent sequel, “Hallmarks of Cancer: The Next Generation”, will guide our discussion. For over a decade, I have chosen this pathology as the basis for learning about cell signaling, […]