Month: December 2009

Latinos on the Internet: Meeting in the middle

The Pew Hispanic Center recently released a report describing Internet usage amongst Latinos in the US. Overall, the report was very encouraging. From 2006 to 2008, the percentage of adult Latinos who used the Internet grew by 10 percentage points…

Top 10 bits of advice for surviving graduate school

This advice is intended for anyone interested in pursuing graduate education (toward the Ph.D.) on a full-time basis, not for part-timers or weekend scholars. Also, my graduate education was in the sciences, so some of what I say may not…

“Learning Styles” and the classical education

One of the big ideas in the world of education (both K-12 and postsecondary) is the whole notion of “learning styles.” By this, we mean that people have different ways of learning and recalling knowledge and information. For example, some…

Stress, poverty, and academic performance

In the latest issue of Psychological Science, Chen, Cohen, and Miller report that kids from low socioeconomic status (SES) families show elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol. From their abstract: Individuals with a low socioeconomic status (SES) are at…

MITs renewed focus on A.I., and IBMs kitty brains

There’s been a lot of news lately in the world of artificial intelligence. First up, was the news from IBM Research. Last month they reported that they had constructed a cortical simulator built upon the IBM Blue Gene supercomputing architecture.…