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Teaching with Technology

Using technology in the classroom can be a great way for professors’ to keep students interested and engaged. Tufts’ Teaching with Technology Awards calls for students to nominate an instructor who they feel is “effectively using technology to support teaching and learning.”¬†After nominations are submitted, judges determine the winners.

This video highlights the unique ways this year’s winners are using technology to teach every day here on campus:


The Teaching with Technology Award 2012 winners are:

  • Lee Minardi, Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering
  • Barbara Parmenter, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Misha Eliasziw, Biostatistics, Public Health and Community Medicine, School of Medicine
  • David Hammer, Education, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Kris Manjapra, History, School of Arts and Sciences


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What Makes a Good Scientist?

Assistant Professor Joshua Kritzer from the Chemistry Department and his graduate and undergraduate research students recently addressed the question “What makes a good scientist?”

The video offers surprising answers that veer away from our assumptions about a typical science student. Hayley Marcus, an undergraduate researcher, says:

“It’s not just being good at it, and doing well in those classes. It’s really enjoying what you’re learning, and realizing you can apply it in so many ways; and getting excited in class, when you make connections [between] things you learn and things you already knew about; or, you are just out everyday, and you realize you can explain why something is happening the way it’s happening. It’s just a passion and a love and an excitement for it that – once I realized I really had that – made me want to pursue a career in the sciences.”

In the video, Professor Kritzer offered advice to students considering a career in the sciences. He cited a “core desire” to explore and investigate one particular system or phenomenon, as a strong indicator of having the temperament of a scientist. He also mentioned creativity, imagination, and willingness to guess, and to test guesses, as important qualities of a successful scientist.

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