How I Work: Distance Learning Edition

Due to COVID-19, City Tech (and all of CUNY) shifted its in-person classes to online, distance learning instruction. In this post, I reflect on my current class’s transition to distance learning, show how I have configured my office and computer for screencasting and video conferencing, describe some software and services that support distance learning, andContinue reading “How I Work: Distance Learning Edition”

2nd Annual City Tech Science Fiction Symposium Was a Great Success

With nearly 100 registered attendees and more unregistered, the 2nd Annual City Tech Science Fiction Symposium on Extrapolation, Interdisciplinarity, and Learning on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 was a great success! We were honored to have Samuel R. Delany give the event’s keynote address, and we had excellent presentations and panel discussions from scholars, graduate students,Continue reading “2nd Annual City Tech Science Fiction Symposium Was a Great Success”

Lego Building Experiments with Google Glass, Thoughts on Its Potential for Interdisciplinary Humanities Research

Since I received my Google Glass last week, I have been learning how to wear and use it. Ultimately, I want to incorporate Glass into my Retrocomputing Lab research workflow. I am interested in the experience of using computer hardware and software (something that I have been interested in for a long time and wroteContinue reading “Lego Building Experiments with Google Glass, Thoughts on Its Potential for Interdisciplinary Humanities Research”

ENGL1101 Sections G3 and L, Fall 2013, Project 2 Narrative Videos Based on John Medina’s Brain Rules

I revised my “Maximizing the Brain” Project 2 Assignment for my current ENGL1101 students at Georgia Tech. It is currently in its third iteration, and I have ideas for its fourth iteration with more radical changes. In the meantime, my current students have delivered their unique takes on their chosen chapters from John Medina’s BrainContinue reading “ENGL1101 Sections G3 and L, Fall 2013, Project 2 Narrative Videos Based on John Medina’s Brain Rules”

Spring 2013 ENGL1101 Project 2, “Maximizing the Brain’s Potential,” Final Videos

For the second major project in my ENGL1101 class at Georgia Tech titled, “Maximizing the Brain’s Potential,” students work in teams of several students each to produce collaboratively an entertaining and educational video based on a single chapter from John Medina’s Brain Rules. Building on the success of my students’ work on this assignment in FallContinue reading “Spring 2013 ENGL1101 Project 2, “Maximizing the Brain’s Potential,” Final Videos”

Best Source of American Space Missions: NASA Human Space Flight Gallery

If you want the best seat in the house for NASA missions, you should visit the NASA Human Space Flight Gallery. When I’m not reading about the brain and science fiction, I like to fall back on my interest in space exploration, and the Human Space Flight Gallery is always at the top of my list.Continue reading “Best Source of American Space Missions: NASA Human Space Flight Gallery”

Brian Dunning’s Here Be Dragons: An Introduction to Critical Thinking

A post on Kristin Sanford’s excellent science blog, The Bird’s Brain, directed me to a terrific 40 minute video by Brian Dunning on critical thinking.  Available here, Dunning describes all the basics for critically engaging, evaluating, and questioning the world around us–particularly focusing on pseudo-science and unsubstantiated pharmacological claims.  He presents a well-thoughtout and expertlyContinue reading “Brian Dunning’s Here Be Dragons: An Introduction to Critical Thinking”