Category Archives: Education

Statistical literacy in society

The hottest news in the campus now appears to surround the latest findings from UM’s Centre for Democracy and Elections (UMCEDEL), which put some quarters ill at ease. You can read about the summary of the findings here. Many news … Continue reading

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2013 is International Year of Statistics

It’ll be great to join in the fun to hold a series of talks and workshops in R right here.

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Algorithm for teaching

while(TRUE){ Learn new material ; Teach ; if(admin work burden > tolerable limit OR distractions == too many) break; else Update material; }

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Einstein’s talk to a group of school children

Most of us remember Albert Einstein as a giant in physics, but from a collection of his writings, he was also very much interested in education and cultural matters. Below is his talk to a group of children in the … Continue reading

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Memories of some self-study episodes

Comments from JL stirred memories of my own experience with self-learning. I remember trying to learn how to model biological phenomenon by picking up John Maynard Smith’s Mathematical Ideas in Biology from the library many years ago. One of the … Continue reading

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The academic landscape after autonomy?

Brian Martin has this to say about the sociology of the academia in Australia after funding to universities was drastically reduced in Australia back in the 70s. …Some positions become vacant through retirements and resignations. Many of these are not … Continue reading

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Obstacles to academic integrity

This is another gem from Brian Martin. It’s probably too late for mandatory reading for faculty members, but would be of immense value to young people just finishing their degrees and pondering that enormous step into the academia. An excerpt: … Continue reading

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Status and envy in the academia

The academia is not a shelter for people uninterested in worldly gains! Brian Martin gets it so right here in this article. To quote an excerpt: “…One way to get beyond envy and the status race is to focus on … Continue reading

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Delightful little gems from PLoS Computational Biology

Journals are not generally the first place one looks for good reads* that deal with the cultural aspects of doing science, but thanks to the emergence of high quality open access** (OA) journals in recent years, the situation has changed … Continue reading

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So, you want to get a PhD …

I think all undergrads who are toying with the idea of doing a PhD should read this cartoon. Doing a PhD just because your CGPA is good, or because some professor offers it to you (which may give you the … Continue reading

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