Christopher X J. Jensen
Associate Professor, Pratt Institute

Evolution 2016 meeting will feature evolution-themed art exhibit

Posted 14 Sep 2015 / 0

I just got an announcement that there will be an evolution-themed art exhibit at next year’s Evolution meeting in Austin, Texas. It is exciting to see this meeting make so many cultural connections (including the Evolution film festival), as we really need to bring our science to the general public in new ways if we Read More

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My Evolution 2014 talk is on YouTube

Posted 17 Jul 2014 / 0

One nice thing that organizers of the Evolution 2014 conference did was to offer the opportunity for presenters to have their talk recorded and archived. These recorded talks now have their own Evolution 2014 YouTube Channel, and my talk is included in this collection: This was an experiment for this conference, and I think that it came Read More

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Evolution 2014: Overall Impressions

Posted 02 Jul 2014 / 0

Great organization of a great conference I had a great Evolution 2014 conference, and that has a lot to do with how it was organized. Raleigh was a nice location for the conference: it has an intimate conference center, with enough food opportunities near that conference center. Although the transportation options getting to Raleigh are somewhat Read More

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Evolution 2014: Day 4

Posted 24 Jun 2014 / 0

Tuesday was a busy day for me, with a pair of Education sessions in the morning, including the one containing my own talk. Thus far I have been really impressed with the education-related sessions available at Evolution 2014. Almost all of the sessions that I have attended have included really valuable, ready-to-use ideas and tools. Today’s talks Read More

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Evolution 2014: Synthesis centers can serve as incubators if they buffer researchers from the risk of failure

Posted 24 Jun 2014 / 0

NESCent director Allen Rodrigo suggested that if synthesis centers want to serve as research incubators, they need to allow researchers to pursue risky research questions without having to pay the risk of failure. In some sense he is arguing for society — rather than scientists themselves — to bear the risk of potentially-innovative research.

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Evolution 2014: Day 2

Posted 22 Jun 2014 / 0

About five years ago I developed my Evolution course, which is aimed at my non-majors art and design students. I have not taught this course in more than two years, and as it has sat on the shelf I have been able to get that critical distance necessary to make the course better. So coming Read More

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Evolution 2014: Want to teach both sides? Have your students deconstruct creationist propaganda!

Posted 22 Jun 2014 / 0

Patricia Hawley points out a great way that you can “teach both sides of the controversy” between evolution and intelligent design. In her Evolutionary Psychology course she has students deconstruct intelligent design propaganda, explaining where it makes erroneous arguments or misrepresents facts.

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Evolution 2014: EvoGrader will take the grading out of assessing student learning outcomes

Posted 22 Jun 2014 / 0

Ross Nehm talked about the EvoGrader resource, which uses machine learning to automatically score student assessments designed to look at student understanding of the evolutionary process.

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Evolution 2014: A clever way to see if creationist students understand evolutionary concepts

Posted 22 Jun 2014 / 0

Rebecca Price and Tessa Andrews have a clever way of assessing the understanding of students who harbor creationist beliefs in evolutionary biology courses. Rather than force them to state answers to questions that assert a factual claim about the way the actual world work, ask them to take the perspective of an evolutionary biologist. Questions can start Read More

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