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2014-08-26 - NAKFI Mid-Year Grant Meeting

NAKFI-Interview.JPG This past Friday, several of our research entourage went to Chicago for the mid-cycle meeting associated with our grant award by NAKFI (National Academy / Keck Futures Initiative). As part of the process, three of the PIs were interviewed on our grant effort as part of NAKFI's ten year anniversary. Needless to say, it was a bit of a trip with Jeff Liew, David Hachen, and myself sitting down with bright lights, makeup, and a full dose of professional gear for the interview. Fun process indeed and I hopefully came off a bit more coherent than the first few times I have done interviews on TV.

Interesting enough with three of us sitting down, both Jeff and David were instructed to look one way while I ended up looking a different way.

A few interesting tidbits from the mid-year grant meeting:

  • Paul Atchley and David Strayer had fascinating work on the mental effects of nature / hiking. Pretty sweet gig if you can get it but the takeaway was that hiking minus electronics showed a 50% gain in creativity and has been repeated multiple times. Very cool work with regards to determining the mechanism and the gains versus meditation or working out, dosage, etc.
  • Neat work out of Syracuse on using drawings to assist with learning gains by MOOCs. Basically, have students work together to draw things, iterate on it, and hopefully both improve their own learning by virtue of creating a drawing as well as that of others who gain via iterating / observing the drawing itself.

2014-08-26 - created by Aaron Striegel

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