Reading and writing science is an important component of scientific training. It prepares students for an academic career and adds to their soft skills. Writing literature review is a great way to practice the organisation of scientific ideas into an informative, rational piece. Peer review assessment of the piece leads to collective learning. In this article, we discuss how these skills can be introduced in an undergraduate classroom.
Is the style of writing related to the stream of science? Is the same scientific concept dealt differently in chemistry and biology textbooks? A recent study analyses language demography - the pattern of key word usage for explaining protein synthesis. The study suggests that students gain a holistic view of the concept by reading both the biology and the chemistry texts of protein synthesis.
Has the advent of the information age affected learning behaviour? Do teaching strategies need to be modified to keep up with times? Education Innovation Conference brought together leaders in education to deliberate. This report presents the highlights of the conference.
The advent of the era of biopharmaceuticals - pharmaceuticals of biological origin, has brought in an industry that requires an indigenous workforce specialising in biological sciences. What is the skill set that a job in biopharma industry requires? Leadership Conclave held during the Biosimilar Workshop at ICT Mumbai brainstormed on the question and presented its requirements to educational bodies and policymakers.
What if playing or trading cards had information of the natural world? Educators suggest that it could induce "tree-thinking" - the understanding of evolution using phylogenetic trees. This article discusses the use of playing cards as teaching tools to piece together key events in plant evolution.