APS Fellows Receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring

In January, President Obama presented APS Fellows Julio Ramirez and Marigold Linton with Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. They were recognized for their outstanding contributions and effort in enhancing opportunities for participation by typically underrepresented individuals (women, minorities, and persons with disabilities) in science, technology More

How To Be a Good Mentee

Mentoring relationships are the bedrock on which much of higher education is built. Mentoring reflects a relationship between an experienced senior colleague (mentor) and a less experienced junior colleague or student (mentee), in which the mentor provides the mentee with resources, expertise, skills, and perspectives related to personal development and More

Textbook Case and Mentoring as Education, Not Training

The Academic Observer hit a nerve with his January column “Why Are Textbooks So Expensive?” Following are just some of the comments received. See his response to these letters here. I VERY MUCH ENJOYED RODDY Roediger’s provocative commentary on the consequences of the sale of used textbooks. Recognizing that used-book More

Who Would You Thank?

The call came more or less out of the blue from Art Woodward, the chair of the University of California Los Angeles’s (UCLA) Psychology Department. Would I like to attend UCLA’s “College Awards Dinner” to be held in a few weeks? He explained that it was a black tie soiree More