A lab overview poster

Our visitation days for prospective Physics graduate students at the University of Oregon — people who have been admitted and are deciding whether or not to come — will occur this Friday and Saturday. There’s a poster session, and it occurred to me that we don’t have any posters from my lab that provide a … Continue reading A lab overview poster

Cite this post! (On publication metrics)

All departments at the University of Oregon are being called upon to create metrics for evaluating our “scholarship quality.” We’re not unique; there’s a trend at universities to create quantitative metrics. I think this is neither necessary nor good — in brief, quality is better assessed by informed, narrative assessments of activity and accomplishments, and … Continue reading Cite this post! (On publication metrics)

On Teaching Evaluations (with a bonus guest essay…)

A long post with some thoughts on student evaluations of teaching, and a guest essay on similar themes. Part 1: I suggest that such evaluations should be done a year after a course, rather than immediately at its end. Part 2: (Guest post) On the difference between “good” and “effective” teaching, and our failure to differentiate … Continue reading On Teaching Evaluations (with a bonus guest essay…)

SAIL Recap 2017

Last week we had another successful run of our Physics & Human Physiology “SAIL” outreach day camp for high school students. I just realized that this is the 10th year I’ve co-run a SAIL camp, which means I should probably offer some grand assessment of it. Instead, I’ll just jot a few notes, post a … Continue reading SAIL Recap 2017