Education ForumGraduate Education

Interdisciplinary Graduate Training in Teaching Labs

Science  21 Dec 2012:
Vol. 338, Issue 6114, pp. 1542-1543
DOI: 10.1126/science.1216570

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Summary

Modern research and training in the life sciences require cross-disciplinary programs, integrating concepts and methods from biology, physics, chemistry, and mathematics. We describe the structure and outcomes from an example of one such approach, the Physiology Course at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and discuss how similar intensive, team-building research courses are also being applied to improve graduate education in universities. These courses are based on teaching laboratories that have students address contemporary research questions by combining ideas and approaches from biology, computation, and physics.