Merits of Materials Science

This post is intended for perspective employers and meant to convince the reader why a materials scientist would be a valuable asset to any interdisciplinary engineering team.  So let me start with an introduction. Materials science is broadly the study of connections and interrelationships between...
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Experience vs. Memory

Now, I’m certainly not a Luddite but, I have some humanistic concerns about the increasing tendency for people to rely on external memory.  If the unexamined life is not worth living, what about the unremembered one?  One may argue that external memory still counts, that...
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Lessons from Castalia (Part III)

Part I & Part II The full essay can be found under “Andrew Schultz” on the menu bar. Part III re-imagines current educational institutes to serve more comprehensive goals. Part III                 It is instructive here to consider the Castalia of Greek mythology.  Castalia was...
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Lessons from Castalia (Part II)

Part II deals mostly with an analysis of the novel’s main characters and the examples they set for students and teachers.  Please see Part I for a brief synopsis of the text.  Part III continues the discussion of Part II and evaluates connections between Castalia...
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Placid vs. Pandering Pedagogy

I found this weeks readings… interesting. I did especially enjoy Brian Arao and Kristi Clemens’s “From Safe Places to Brave Spaces” Full disclosure, I am a white male – so some of the reading put me a bit on the defensive side emotionally. For instance,...
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Terribly Terrific Teaching

The readings this week offered some valuable advice on how to develop an effective teaching mindset. Admittedly, most of it seemed rather intuitive – not because I’m a particularly talented teacher – but because I’ve been privileged to experience high quality teaching throughout my academic...
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New Tech, Same Principles

Technology is continuously evolving. Computational and communication capabilities have seen particularly fast growth. Universities and higher education faculty have naturally had to adapt to the new technologies – as they have always done. Understandably, it takes some time for new technologies to permeate large institutions...
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Gaming the System

This week’s readings were awesome.  I especially enjoyed the discussions about the educational benefits of video games (and only partly because it helps justify how many I play).  The most powerful idea that I came across was that a truly excellent educational curriculum doesn’t require...
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Ethics Case Study

I chose to read one of the Case Summaries on the ORI website.   David Anderson, a University of Oregon Graduate Student, was the subject of the summary I read.  The summary states that Mr. Anderson falsified data in 4 publications.  The punishment involves a three...
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