Nobel Prize winner speaks at ND Forum event

first_img“We need all students, whatever their future careers are going to be, to be able to think about science more like scientists do,” Nobel Prize winner Carl Wieman said as he urged Notre Dame to take a second look at education during Monday’s Notre Dame Forum event.Wieman’s presentation, “Taking a Scientific Approach to Science Education,” is the first in a series of discussions that asks, “What do Notre Dame Graduates Need to Know?” In his lecture, Wieman offered an answer that stressed the learning experience as opposed to the learned material itself.By the time a person becomes an authority in their field, they have developed a certain way of thinking about their discipline that gives them expertise, Wieman said. Students can begin to gain this expertise in a subject if they are exposed to a classroom environment that promotes discussion and interaction, rather than the standard lecture format most classes currently use, he said.“It’s not that the knowledge [of a subject] is absolutely important, but what really matters is to have knowledge integrated with these broader underlying aspects of expert thinking,” Wieman said. “Because that’s really when the knowledge is useful, rather than a bunch of memorized facts that you can’t do anything with.”While field experts are preferred to teach undergraduate courses, they may not initially understand the importance of this approach because of their own expertise, Wieman said.“One of the challenges of actually being a good teacher if you’re an expert, particularly of introductory students, is that the way you think your brain worked when it was at their level is fundamentally wrong, because there’s no way for the brain to know it’s changing … your brain is just plain different than [it] was when you were a beginning student,” he said.Wieman said the focus on research in many universities could also impact education.“We developed a system at research universities where really the only thing that’s measured — and it’s measured very carefully — is research productivity,” Wieman said. “And that’s what gets measured and rewarded. And so, as a person who’s done lots of science research I appreciate that. … It’s created the wonderfully productive research university system we have.”Wieman said universities’ obsession with efficiency may decrease the quality of research.“The problem is that because it’s the only thing that’s measured – it’s so effective at what it does – the collateral damage is that diverting even a small amount of time to pay attention to teaching and doing it more effectively penalizes a person and penalizes a department,” Wieman said. “So we have to fix that basic system.”Notre Dame physics professor Michael Hildreth said Wieman’s contribution to the Notre Dame Forum addressed an important topic that the University itself hopes to address.“The forum is supposed to address what Notre Dame students should know when they graduate, or I would rather phrase it, what Notre Dame students should learn while they’re here,” he said. “Too often we get bogged down in what students should know, which is really focused on topics. … I would rather turn that around to look at process. I would like to think that we would teach the students how to think.”Tags: Carl Wieman, Notre Dame Forum, Science Education, Scientific approachlast_img read more

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Bedridden ex-Super Eagles defender gets medical support

first_imgRelatedPosts Google, Ministry of Youth and Sports Development partner to support youth Sports reopening: Minister warns against breach of COVID-19 protocols NPFL: We’re in support of PPG — Rivers United Ailing former Super Eagles defender, Sunday Eboigbe, may soon be back on his feet following the intervention of the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, and Edo State Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shuiabu, to raise a team of medical experts to look into his medical condition.The defender had been bedridden as a result of a strange ailment that had made it impossible for the ex-Bendel Insurance of Benin player to use his limbs. His plight had attracted the attention of the Minister who sent a staff of the Ministry to hand him some cash and also ascertain areas of further assistance.After due consultations, the Minister contacted the Deputy Governor, who then raised a medical team to do a proper evaluation of the state of health of the ex-player.A medical team visited Eboighe at his Benin City residence on Monday for proper evaluation and will soon commence treatment to get him back on his feet.The Minister promised to pick the medical bill of the former International.Eboighe, who played alongside the likes of Bright Omokaro, Stephen Keshi, Augustine Eguavoen and Friday Elaho among others, was a member of the Morocco ’88 and Algiers ’90 Nations Cup Super Eagles team. The poor welfare of ex-internationals had prompted the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to request the Nigeria Football Federation to come up with welfare incentives for injured and sick ex-international footballers.Tags: Deputy Gov Comrade Philip ShuiabuMedical SupportMinister Sunday DareSunday Eboigbelast_img read more

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LeBron James ‘couldn’t care less’ about personal narrative as Lakers win

first_imgWarriors star Kevin Durant, meanwhile, described the media attention that James draws as “toxic” and would make it difficult for another elite player to join the Lakers.But the four-time NBA MVP showed no sign of distraction as he scored 42 points in the 121-113 win over the Spurs, helping his team to overcome an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit, before telling reporters his performance had nothing to do with silencing critics. Related News Brandon Ingram injury update: Lakers F reportedly will miss next three games with sprained ankle “I’m past the personal stage,” James said. “I can do whatever. I can have a huge workload, I can have a not so huge workload. It doesn’t matter for me.”What’s important is seeing my teammates make huge shots in the fourth quarter. J Hart [Josh Hart] was out of rhythm because of fouls all game, but he makes two huge 3s in the fourth quarter; Zo [Lonzo Ball] makes a huge 3 on the left wing; Kuz [Kyle Kuzma] makes plays down the stretch as well. LeBron James insisted that talk off the court this week had no impact on his game-winning display for the Lakers against the Spurs.The former Cavaliers great has been the subject of much conversation, with Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson suggesting there might be an over-reliance on James, while Kobe Bryant said it was important he was not “doing everything”. Needed It.Got it.#LakersWin pic.twitter.com/APZMPxDXwH— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 6, 2018″That’s what’s important to me. I couldn’t care less about the narrative. That doesn’t matter. I’m a staple in this game, so it doesn’t matter.”On his clutch effort for the 15-9 Lakers, James said: “We were down eight and [the Spurs] have had our number up until this point. They beat us in our first two games, beat us on our home floor. We’ve been playing so well at home, so we wanted to try to continue that.”Once I got in, it was just a matter of me trying to make plays and seeing what happened.”last_img read more

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