Monthly Archives: October 2014

The Teacher Salary Penalty in Computer Science, Math and the Physical Sciences – In Two Graphs

The nation needs more strong secondary teachers in computer science, math and science, particularly in physics.  But we will not successfully address this severe shortage until we address the salary penalty that young people in these fields pay for choosing … Continue reading

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Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research in Physics at FSU – A Power Point Primer

Download this power point presentation from last week’s FSU Induction Ceremony for the Future Physicists of Florida, turn on the slide show, sit back and watch. students

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The new AP Engineering course will be useful only if it is integrated into a program that includes AP Calculus and AP Physics

Engineering, computer science and physics majors consistently dominate rankings of salaries earned by recent college graduates (for example, see “The Economic Guide To Picking A College Major” posted on on September 12 of this year). Recently, Rep. Derek Kilmer … Continue reading

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The Death of the Lecture Hall

With the advent of MOOC’s and other technological means of beaming non-interactive lectures to students, does it make any sense to spend scarce public resources building new $5 million 500-seat lecture halls at state-supported universities?  Would any self-respecting state legislator … Continue reading

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The frustration and promise of virtual education: We must do better than we’re doing, but online courses could short-circuit the push to improve – or lead it

Redefinedonline today posted about a study showing that virtual school courses – specifically those from Florida Virtual School – are as effective as classes in brick-and-mortar schools. I am not writing to dispute that finding. Instead, I’m writing to say that … Continue reading

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Reminder for policy makers: Calculus and physics are key ingredients in the making of an engineer (and even a computer scientist)

Over the weekend, I became aware of a recent effort in Congress to make a big push for AP courses in engineering and computer science.  This is a fine thing, but without the basics – math and physics – this … Continue reading

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Is UCF really a great university for minority students?

According to the magazine Diverse:  Issues in Higher Education (as reported by School Zone), the University of Central Florida ranked 12th in the nation for awarding degrees to minority students.  In particular, Diverse ranked UCF 8th in the numbers of … Continue reading

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AP in Florida: Strong in English, social sciences and Spanish; just average in calculus and science

Originally posted on Bridge to Tomorrow:
Here is a list of percentages of 2013 high school graduates in Florida and the US earning scores of 3 or better on individual AP examinations from the 2014 AP Report to the Nation.…

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Discussions of higher education policy must address differences between disciplines

A number of years ago, a young woman who was in the fall semester of her third year as an undergraduate physics major decided to change her plan from attending graduate school in physics and pursuing a career in scientific … Continue reading

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New Presidential Scholar in Physics starts cutting-edge research less than a month after his high school graduation

Originally posted on Future Physicists of Florida:
On Tuesday, June 3, Jorge Gonzalez was handed his high school diploma in the graduation ceremony for Miami Senior High School. Less than three weeks later – on Monday, June 23 – Jorge…

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