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

CNY senior killed in crash dreamed of playing college basketball; he was ‘kind, funny, good kid’ - syracuse.com

Syracuse, N.Y. — Kevin King’s lasting image of Zechariah Brown won’t be a game-winning shot or a crucial play on the basketball court.

“Periodically we would have camps, for the elementary kids. The memory I’m going to keep is how he was with those little kids.,” said King, a longtime boys basketball coach at Westhill High School. “He was kind. He was compassionate. He was funny. That’s a side I’m going to remember, one that a lot of people don’t get to see.”

Brown, 18, was killed in a car crash overnight on Route 690 in Geddes near the state fairgrounds. The high school senior is from the town of Onondaga.

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Zechariah Brown, left, guards Bishop Ludden's John DeMonte during a 2019 game.Roger Hagan Photography

Brown was an All-Central New York and all-state selection in basketball for three straight years, earning honorable mention as a sophomore. He was a scoring leader and excellent 3-point shooter on King’s Warriors teams, including his freshman season when Westhill won a state Class B championship.

But the coach said he preferred to remember Brown as a good person.

“Zach was a really good player for us. But to be honest, at this time I’m thinking more about him as a person,” King said. “He had a good heart. He really did. He was a good kid.”

Adam Griffo coached Brown in football at Westhill.

"It’s been a tough morning," he said. "A lot of kids texting me. It’s not something you want to wake up to, that’s for sure. It wasn’t a good morning for those kids. I feel bad for him and his family."

The Westhill district announced Brown’s death on its website:

“The District is saddened to hear of the sudden passing of one of its students, Zechariah Brown. We share the sadness of the community in this significant loss."

The district offered students access to counseling.

Griffo said Brown didn’t play football last fall because he wanted to concentrate on basketball, since he hoped to play that sport in college.

“The Zach I knew, he was nice to everybody,” Griffo said. “When he played sports, he could be a handful. We used to tell him your passion for winning, it takes you to a different place where you don’t always listen to people. I thought this year in basketball, how he grew, he was getting out of that. That’s the sad thing. We’re not going to be able to see that growth in college.”

Griffo said the current coronavirus pandemic complicates the situation of how students and the school handle the death.

Students have organized a vigil to honor Brown for 5 p.m. today at the high school football field.

School officials sent out an email stating that school personnel would be there and urging students to wear masks and practice social distancing as recommended by the county health department.

“The school is trying to urge them to keep their distance from each other,” Griffo said. “I don’t know how they’re going to handle that."

“It’s going to be hard to tell kids they can’t hug each other,” he said. "It’s a tough thing to do. It’s a tough situation for everybody. We’ve never been in this situation before. You can’t mourn and give somebody a hug. You have to stay away.”

Nolan Weidner is a reporter for the Syracuse Post-Standard and Syracuse.com. Got a comment or idea for a story? He can be reached by call or text at 315.247.7419 or via email at nweidner@syracuse.com.



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