oh sad new world, that has such foolishness in it!

Alison Campbell Sep 23, 2015

The internet is a seething pool of ‘stuff’, and one of the challenges faced by those using it is to distinguish useful information from foolish fantasy. And there surely is a lot of the latter! Thus we find that According to a BBC news story, the Indian government’s Agriculture Minister  has said that yogic farming would “empower … Read More

Crossing the great (prokaryote-eukaryote) divide

Alison Campbell Sep 01, 2015

I’ve always enjoyed Nick Lane’s writing1, so naturally an article he wrote for the ABC Science website caught my eye. Titled “Evolution of complex life on Earth, take 2?”, it discusses an organism that appears to be neither prokaryote nor eukaryote, but something in-between. There’s a great divide between the cells that fit the description of ‘prokaryote’ and those … Read More

‘a worm just crawled across my eye!’

Alison Campbell May 08, 2015

Saw the webpage headline.  First thought: ewwwwww. Second thought: ooooh, I wonder what that's all about? Answer: a little filiarid worm. FIliarid worms are roundworms (nematodes). I knew about the one that causes the disfiguring disease known as elephantiasis,... Read More

how do we assess teacher quality?

Alison Campbell Apr 25, 2015

This is a post originally writing for Talking Teaching. It's a difficult question for universities, but an important one at a time when they are increasingly under scrutiny for the quality of their educational outcomes (read: student completion &... Read More