What happens when you expose fruit flies to low temperatures? Like many insects, they go into a chill coma - a sleepy state. Analysing the phenomena of coma recovery could help teach the concepts of rapid evolution, and the impact of climate change on it. How? A team of scientists and educators created a wholesome teaching module of fruit fly experiments using the phenomena of "chill coma recovery".
What approach could a teacher take if her students are wary of numbers and statistical analyses? Could an ecologist replicate fieldwork within the confines of a classroom? A recent research paper discusses the use of sweet, colourful candies as a teacher's aid for imparting mathematical reasoning and introducing the strategies of fieldwork.
To teach or to explore? Can good teaching and ingenious research co-exist? How does faculty perceive the two tasks at hand? With the help of existing literature and expert opinions we attempt to delve into the problem.
In this next article in our series on interdisciplinarity, we explore how a physicist and biologist duo (Ambarish Ghosh, Centre for Nano Science and Engineering (CeNSE), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and Deepak Saini, Department of Molecular Reproduction, Development and Genetics, IISc, Bangalore) combined their expertise to create a nanomotor system that can be precisely and accurately manoeuvred inside biological cells.
Running a lab and conducting experiments can be expensive. Globally, ingenious students and teachers have developed hacks for cheap science (including a 15 Rupee centrifuge!). We Indians are masters of "jugaad" - can we make scientific experiments accessible to all?
Kailash Chandra, Director of Zoological Survey of India gives a quantitative glimpse on the status of threatened species endemic to India. He also talks about the research fellowships and publications offered by the institute.
Anupma, former educator at KC College, Mumbai talks about her experience with the science teachers of Maharashtra state middle schools. The workshops organised in the winter of 2016, in association with IISER Pune trained more than three hundred science teachers.