Author discusses his book, 'The Chicago Guide to College Science Teaching' - Inside Higher Ed

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Terry McGlynn is constantly promoting better teaching of science in American colleges and universities. A professor of biology at California State University, Dominguez Hills, and author of the blog Small Pond Science , he believes that good teaching is essential at every kind of college. But to achieve that, he thinks some of the incentives of American higher education (think of what generates raises at research universities) need to change. He's put his ideas together in a book, The Chicago Guide to College Science Teaching (University of Chicago Press). McGlynn answered questions about his book via email. Q: What are the major flaws of science teaching at colleges in the U.S.? A: A lot of us have never been trained how to teach. Doesn’t it seem fundamentally absurd that graduate students and faculty all over the country are teaching science without even having taken a single course in science teaching? We jump through an absurd number of hoops to become college faculty, ye

Boston College running back AJ Dillon a good fit for Packers - Boston Herald

Running back AJ Dillon is custom-built for the Black & Blue Division of the NFL.

The Green Bay Packers on Friday night selected Boston College’s career rushing leader in the second round with the 62nd overall pick.

The 6-foot, 247-pound Dillon averaged 26.5 carries per game and 5.3 yards per carry in BC’s double tight end, power run “12-personnel” scheme.

Ball carriers who combine size and durability with an expanded skill set are crucial to the Packers’ offense at Lambeau Field, especially in Wisconsin’s inclement weather months.

“I had lot of carries, but I showed I can handle that workload,” said Dillon in a Zoom interview with Packers.com.

“I’m excited to keep growing and doing what the staff needs me to do, and I’m going to get the job done with the Packers as well.

“They see the weight on the roster at 250 and think this guy can only go straight forward. I can run, I can catch, I can pass block and whatever you need me to do I’m going to get the job done.”

Dillon was the fourth running back selected behind LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire (32nd overall), Georgia’s D’Andre Swift (35th) and Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor (41st).

Dillon started 12 games last season and rushed for 1,685 yards and 14 touchdowns on 318 carries.

He had 13 catches for 195 yards and a touchdown, but was underused on screen passes and wheel routes. Dillon believes his successes in the ACC and on the NFL draft board are the byproduct of his work ethic.

“I’m someone who is never really satisfied and I’m always trying to get better and I’m always working on my craft,” he said.

“I’m somebody who is always trying to grow and I’m somebody who is going to get better day to day, week to week, year to year.

“Whether it’s the first quarter or the fourth quarter or first down or fourth down. I’m going get the job done whenever my number is called. I just kind of let my actions speak for themselves and my play speak for itself.”

Dillon was a three-time All-ACC first team running back and the Eagles all-time leader in rushing yards (4,238) and rushing touchdowns (38). Dillon has 236 receiving yards with two touchdowns and holds the school record with 4,618 all-purpose yards.

Dillon was the highest performing running back at last February’s NFL Combines in Indianapolis. He posted an overall grade of 84 with a 40-yard dash speed of 4.53 seconds, a 41-inch vertical leap and a 131-inch broad jump. He made 23 bench reps at 225 pounds.

“I continuously tried to work at my grades and Combine tests to get ready and perform that day,” said Dillon.



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