Zill e Anam is a PhD student at the Special Centre for Molecular Medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru University. In this next article in our PhD Cafe series, she discusses some of the speed-breakers in her journey, solutions that helped her, and what she learned from each episode.
Café Oikos, a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit initiative, is the brainchild of engineer-turned-ecologists Anisha Jayadevan and Shishir Rao. It is a free and open public event regularly held at Bengaluru bookstores or cafés wherein people from all walks of life can come to learn about ecology and conservation research directly from active scientists. In this article, Anisha writes about how Café Oikos came to be, and what it aims to achieve.
Undergraduate research experience has the potential to suit the needs of learners. A recent study analyses the attitudinal outcomes of college students taking up bench and digital research. Termed Course-based Research Experience or CURE, this pedagogical approach takes the student through a journey of discovery-via-inquiry.
Shahid Jameel, Chief Executive Officer of The Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance, has been active in science policy and administration for over two decades. He headed the Virology group at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi, for 25 years. He is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award and the BM Birla Science Prize in Biology. In this interview, he speaks to IndiaBioscience about his thoughts on leadership.
We have Sandra Misquith and M.B. Mandappa from St. Joseph's college, Bangalore. The college is a member of the esteemed DBT Star College scheme. The faculty discusses this scheme and other initiatives that bolster undergraduate research. They also highlight issues that need to be mitigated for a better student research experience.
PK Burma, senior faculty at the Delhi University wanted to be a politician in his younger days. Here he shares stories on mentorship that moulded him into a plant geneticist with a love of teaching. He suggests that a forum for teacher networking is good as long as the discussions remain meaningful.
How do you perceive a social media news of a common snack being made of plastic? Or that fast foods never decay? The new currency notes carrying nano-GPS chips? Test such news before dismissing it (or accepting it) - the experiments are surprisingly simple, rational and logical. An excellent opportunity to instil the practice of enquiry-based learning.