The perfect human is Puerto Rican

Lueny Morell:

Why am I not surprised? And it is a PUERTORRICAN WOMAN!

Originally posted on Bits of DNA:

Recent news of James Watson’s auction of his Nobel Prize medal has unearthed a very unpleasant memory for me.

In March 2004 I attended an invitation only genomics meeting at the famed Banbury Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. I had heard legendary stories about Banbury, and have to admit I felt honored and excited when I received the invitation. There were rumors that sometimes James Watson himself would attend meetings. The emails I received explaining the secretive policies of the Center only added to the allure. I felt that I had received an invitation to the genomics equivalent of Skull and Bones.

Although Watson did not end up attending the meeting, my high expectations were met when he did decide to drop in on dinner one evening at Robertson house. Without warning he seated himself at my table. I was in awe. The table was round with seating for six, and Honest Jim sat down right across…

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Incentivizing Hi Ed Innovations

This CHE article discusses how resources (money, time, others) and leadership support encourage change in the classroom through examples at Harvard and U of Michigan. Sharing of results and changing the incentive structure to recognize and reward teaching are also a must.

The same thing happened at the University of Puerto Rico system some years ago, when I led the Curriculum Innovation Center that provided small grants to SMET faculty to explore and document their innovations in the classroom.

Download article – How Big Money Can Encourage Calculated Risks in the Classroom – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Launching INNOVAHiEd!

Screenshot 2014-11-24 18.48.38It is with lots of excitement and enthusiasm that I share these news with all of you! After a long career in academia and industry, and in partnership with IIDEA@IFEES and LASPAU@HarvardUniversity, I have decided to dedicate my time and energy to help institutions walk the path of continuous innovation through InnovaHiEd

Who We Are – a group of individuals who have dedicated their lives to improving higher education, especially, engineering education, many of whom are world known educators with prestigious awards and recognitions. They have transformed themselves, their institutions and higher education – and are making themselves available to help others through similar transformations.

What We Do – Our world-class award winning team can help your institution 1) assess your needs, 2) together with you, help develop your plans to address those needs, and 3) accompany you through your implementation phases, through:

  • High value meetings/brainstorming sessions
  • Focused seminars and workshops
  • Individual and group consulting/mentoring
  • Efficacious and agile follow-through via email and conference calls

We offer Mentoring & Consulting in Engineering Education Strategic Areas, including

  • Strategic Planning
  • Competency-based Curriculum Design
  • Program and Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Learning & Teaching Environments
  • Industry-University Partnerships
  • Planning for the Research Endeavor
  • Technology for Learning
  • ABET Accreditation

Please visit our website, email us and download our brochure | | | InnovaHiEd Brochure -2 Nov 2014 |InnovaHiEd 1 page flyer Nov 2014


Helping catalyze innovation in higher education