A Nobel Laureate on the Importance of Failure Martin Chalfie to Deliver EPIC’s Inaugural Yu Panglin Lecture Columbia University Nobel Laureate Martin Chalfie will deliver Teachers College’s inaugural Yu Panglin Distinguished Lecture on Friday, March 1st, at 2 p.m., in the College’s Milbank Chapel. In a talk titled, “The Continuing Need for Useless Knowledge,” Dr. Chalfie, who shared the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for producing a biological marker for gene expression that has since sparked a revolution in biological, medical and pharmaceutical research, will discuss the role of failure in scientific discovery. [...]
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The Yu Pang Lin Charity Foundation has announced a $3 million gift to the Education for Persistence and Innovation Center (EPIC) at Teachers College—the first institution outside of China to receive a donation from the foundation—to support its groundbreaking work on the study of failure and its potential as a catalyst for innovation and success. The gift was announced yesterday in Beijing by members of the Yu Pang Lin family at a Foundation celebration of philanthropy attended by Teachers College representatives. The Foundation was established by the late Chinese real estate magnate Yu [...]
The Value of Failing A new research center at Columbia University is committed to figuring out how to turn failure into success. Every kid has that moment when she realizes that the adults she admires aren’t perfect. Few children ever learn, however, that the same is true for the inventors and intellectual giants whose distinguished portraits permeate their history textbooks. As it turns out, recognizing that visionaries such as Albert Einstein experienced failure can actually help students perform better in school. In 2016, the cognitive-studies researcher Xiaodong Lin-Siegler of Columbia University’s Teachers College [...]
How Einstein's Struggles Might Help Kids with Science Marie Curie spent years trying to isolate the radioactive element polonium to no avail. Albert Einstein had to flee Nazi Germany to avoid persecution as a Jew. Stories of the many setbacks and hardships of these famous scientists aren't talked about as much as their great scientific achievements. But new research shows that teaching students about the struggles as well as the successes of great scientists can actually improve their grades. For the study, more than 400 9th- and 10th-grade students from four New York City high [...]
How Stories Told Of Brilliant Scientists Affect Kids' Interest In The Field Researchers found that students perform better in science where they read stories about how famous scientists struggled rather than when they read stories about what those scientists achieved. DAVID GREENE, HOST: So if I asked you to name a few famous scientists, maybe you would say Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, maybe Neil deGrasse Tyson. We know those people because of their famous achievements, their brilliance. And that is all true. But there is new social science research suggesting that if we want to get young [...]
February 11, 2016 Learning About Struggles of Famous Scientists May Help Students Succeed in Science Textbooks should describe scientists’ failures, not just their accomplishments, study finds Read the journal article Even Einstein Struggled: Effects of Learning About Great Scientists' Struggles on High School Students' Motivation to Learn Science WASHINGTON — High school students may improve their science grades by learning about the personal struggles and failed experiments of great scientists such as Albert Einstein and Marie Curie, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. In the study, 402 9th- and 10th-grade students [...]