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Every day, faculty members at schools and universities throughout the world are making discoveries that shape our ways of thinking and redefine our understanding of today's knowledge-driven society. Since 1990, The Best of Our Knowledge has highlighted breakthroughs across disciplines and across the globe, putting you in touch with the men and women at the forefront of their fields. Each week this program examines some of the issues unique to college campuses, looks at the latest research, and invites commentary from experts and administrators from all levels of education.

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Every day, faculty members at schools and universities throughout the world are making discoveries that shape our ways of thinking and redefine our understanding of today's knowledge-driven society. Since 1990, The Best of Our Knowledge has highlighted breakthroughs across disciplines and across the globe, putting you in touch with the men and women at the forefront of their fields. Each week this program examines some of the issues unique to college campuses, looks at the latest research, and invites commentary from experts and administrators from all levels of education.

    #1575: Teaching For The Future In The Adirondacks | The Best Of Our Knowledge

    #1575: Teaching For The Future In The Adirondacks | The Best Of Our Knowledge

    Two educators at a northern New York college are about to roll out some new workshops to help today’s teachers meet the needs of today’s students. This week on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll learn about this teach-for-the-future project at SUNY Adirondack. Jill Randall is an assistant professor of Mathematics. Krista Rivera instructor of […]

    • 27 min
    #1574: Study – Gender Bias In Teacher Assistant Assessments | The Best Of Our Knowledge

    #1574: Study – Gender Bias In Teacher Assistant Assessments | The Best Of Our Knowledge

    In the Fall of 2019, a class had two teaching assistants, one male, and one female. At the end of the semester, the students scored the male TA higher on course evaluations, while the female TA got five times as many negative reviews. There’s just one problem…they were the same person, and we will talk […]

    • 27 min
    #1573: The Science Of James Smithson | The Best Of Our Knowledge

    #1573: The Science Of James Smithson | The Best Of Our Knowledge

    The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex. It is a beloved part of American culture. But its founder, a British scientist named James Smithson, never once set foot on American soil. So, who would do that? Steven Turner tried to find out. Turner is the author of the new book […]

    • 27 min
    #1572: Staying Positive In A Pandemic |The Best Of Our Knowledge

    #1572: Staying Positive In A Pandemic |The Best Of Our Knowledge

    There’s a course at Towson university in Maryland that teaches a class in positive psychology. This week on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll learn how this class stays positive during a pandemic. We’ll also learn how a school system  survived a cyberattack, hear how machine learning is helping COVID testing, and spend an Academic Minute […]

    • 27 min
    #1571: The Science Of Planetary Health | The Best Of Our Knowledge

    #1571: The Science Of Planetary Health | The Best Of Our Knowledge

    Protect the health of the planet and you protect your own health. That’s an extremely boiled down version of the new book called Planetary Health – Protecting Nature to Protect Ourselves. The emerging field of planetary health connects the dots between changes in Earth’s environment, and the general well-being of us humans wandering around the […]

    • 27 min
    #1570: The Hidden Habits Of Genius | The Best Of Our Knowledge

    #1570: The Hidden Habits Of Genius | The Best Of Our Knowledge

    What does it take to be called a genius? If you’ve given that any thought at all you’ve probably come up with some pretty abstract answers and qualifications. But in his new book called The Hidden Habits of Genius, Dr. Craig Wright has come up with some fairly concrete criteria for the genius tag. Craig […]

    • 27 min

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