Developing a theme for a tutorial set helps facilitate learning

Tutorials complement lecture in highlighting relevant concepts taught in the lecture classes as well as providing another opportunity for the reinforcement of important concepts. Usually taught in small group discussion setting, tutorials are typically guided by a tutorial set prior to the session. Comprising a set of questions that could serve as placeholders for important … More Developing a theme for a tutorial set helps facilitate learning

Staff scientists’ role in research institutes

Research institutes typically comprise group leaders, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students, research officers and laboratory officers. But, is there room for staff scientists to be part of a research institute? And, what is the role of a staff scientist?   Staff scientists are permanent staff of a research group or institute irrespective of the research focus … More Staff scientists’ role in research institutes

New Twitter feed sharing significant advances in science

I started a new Twitter account that aims to discuss research papers of key technological and basic science significance. Typically, a summary of the problem that was tackled and the solution proposed would be highlighted in Twitter’s 280 character format. This would be complemented by a picture illustrating the title, authors and some parts of … More New Twitter feed sharing significant advances in science

High cost of registration fees at scientific conferences

A short note to indicate that the registration fees for members and non-members of scientific societies at national meetings and conferences are excessively high, and may be a deterrent to young promising scientists and graduate students from attending meetings, where they could learn a lot about scientific presentations, exchange ideas and meet new colleagues in … More High cost of registration fees at scientific conferences

Funding for graduate education in the U.S.

United States leads the world in many areas of science and technology; for example, nanotechnology, high performance carbon based materials, semiconductors, supercomputing, medicine, membranes, environmental remediation, surface science, and materials engineering. Its university system is the envy of the world, particularly at the doctoral level, where the requirement for graduation is clear demonstration of research … More Funding for graduate education in the U.S.