orcid.org/0000-0001-5816-9771Developing a coherent understanding of a scientific idea is neither trivial nor easy and it is counter-productive to pretend that it is. For some time now the idea of “active learning” (as if there is
In an age of rampant narcissism and social cheating – the importance of teaching social evolutionary mechanisms.
orcid.org/0000-0001-5816-9771As socioeconomic inequality grows, the publicly acknowledged importance of traits such as honesty, loyalty, self-sacrifice, and reciprocity appears to have fallen out of favor with some of our socio-economic and political elites. How many people
orcid.org/0000-0001-5816-9771By Mike Klymkowsky Recent political events and the proliferation of “fake news” and the apparent futility of fact checking in the public domain have led me to obsess about the role played by the public presentation
orcid.org/0000-0001-5816-9771By Mike Klymkowsky Stochastic processes are often presented in terms of random, that is unpredictable, events. This framing obscures the reality that stochastic processes, while more or less unpredictable at the level of individual events,
The greatest validation of scientific contribution is a peer-reviewed academic publication. But the face of academic publishing is changing as traditional journal publishers have come under attack from proponents of open access, which could change
orcid.org/0000-0001-5816-9771PLOSBLOGS welcomes biology researcher, PLOS Biology author and PLOS ONE Academic Editor Mike Klymkowsky as our new Sci-Ed blog team leader and blogger. For more about Mike’s work click on “About this Blog,” above. By
Image by Matthias Weinberger, Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 In virtually any college, you’ll find the departments that represent the trinity of the basic sciences: biology, chemistry, and physics. The fact that these departments are
Photo by John Phelan Across the country, millions of students will be filling the lecture halls of introductory science and engineering courses, many of them eager to declare majors in science, technology, engineering or
One recent Supreme Court decision with a huge implication for the future of science was the Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics. In a unanimous ruling, the Court stated that human genes may not
According to the U.S. Department of Education, one out of two college students who plan to major in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) change their minds or drop out of school altogether.