Posts Tagged ‘education’

A gradient of childhood self-control predicts health, wealth, and public safety

January 14, 2017

A gradient of childhood #selfcontrol predicts health, wealth & public safety From following 1K kids from 0 to 32 yrs

The great international paper airplane book – Jerry Mander, George Dippel, Howard Luck Gossage – Google Books

November 25, 2016

Links related to the ISCB Curriculum Task force

November 19, 2016

Here are some links related to the ISCB Curriculum Task Forces:

Useful NIH Funding Data on Bioinformatics Education

September 6, 2015

BD2K funded programs so far…

NIGMS Comp Bio & Bioinfo funded predoctoral programs

THE NLM funded Biomedical Informatics training programs

Rebooting MOOC Research

May 15, 2015

Rebooting #MOOC Research
Perspective from an #education institution: How to measure engagement of the student?

An hereditary meritocracy

March 2, 2015

An hereditary meritocracy The rich gaming college admissions? Public good in progressive aid stemming from a $1M gift

The fierce competition between universities to build endowments makes doing such favours for alumni enticing. And there is a public-good argument for it: a student who comes with $1m attached can pay for financial aid for many others. But in practice this is not how the system works. While it is true that some elite universities are rich enough to give out a lot of financial support, people who can pay the full whack are still at the centre of the business model for many. Mitchell Stevens, a Stanford sociologist who spent a year working in the admissions office of an unnamed liberal arts college in the north-east, found that the candidate the system most prized was one who could pay full tuition and was just good enough to make one of the higher-profile sports teams but had a strong enough academic record not to eat into the annual allocation reserved for students whose brains work best when encased in a football helmet.


Scratch – Imagine, Program, Share

January 31, 2015

Leon Botstein and the Future of Bard College

October 24, 2014

Pictures from an Institution Interesting fact on #Bard College: Leon Botstein became president decades ago at 23

Leon Botstein made Bard College what it is, but can he insure that it
outlasts him?Profiles SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 ISSUE

Botstein graduated from high school at sixteen and went to the
University of Chicago, where he majored in history and founded the
school’s chamber orchestra. He began Ph.D. studies at Harvard,
focussing on the social history of modernist music in Vienna. In
Cambridge, he met his first wife, with whom he had two daughters. (He
has two more children from his second marriage.) In 1970, having left
Harvard to be a special assistant to the president of the New York
City Board of Education, Botstein took a job as president of Franconia
College, a small, now defunct institution in New Hampshire, run out of
a former resort hotel. At twenty-three, he was the youngest college
president that America had ever had. A 1971 profile that ran in
Playboy described him as “a bespectacled, long-haired youth” and
included a photo of him, in a rumpled shirt and a paisley tie, next to
an office door marked “President” in a curiously Tolkienesque font.

December, 2013, after a three-month review, Moody’s Investors Service
downgraded Bard’s bond rating three notches and revised its outlook to
“negative.” The Moody’s report cited Bard’s “exceedingly thin
liquidity with full draw on operating lines of credit,” “weak
documentation and transparency,” “willingness to fund operations and
projects prior to payment on pledges,” and “growing dependence on cash
gifts.” (The report found that in 2012 and 2013 more than forty per
cent of annual operating revenues came from gifts. Among other small
private colleges, about seven per cent is typical.) Six months
earlier, Bard had had monthly liquidity of $7.1 million—equal to just
two weeks’ worth of operating costs. Bard is highly leveraged,
carrying a hundred and sixty million dollars of debt, which is close
to its operating budget of a hundred and eighty-five million. The
undergraduate endowment (eighty million dollars) is a tenth that of
Vassar, a school that is comparable to Bard in both size and age and
is one Amtrak stop to the south.


Rebecca Mead: A Chicken Club at Avenues : The New Yorker

January 18, 2014



JANUARY 6, 2014

New venture for ex-Yale president: Chicken Club at Avenues HT @colinbmurphy #education

MOOC on bioinformatics

September 30, 2013

Pavel Pevzner is starting a MOOC on Bioinformatics in Coursera ( and 23 & me is starting a MOOC on genomics in udacity