MIT model explains how the brain can learn novel tasks while still remembering what it has already learned.
Nominations are open for the School of Science Teaching Prizes for Graduate Education and Undergraduate Education for 1996-97.
The undergraduate prize recognizes excellence in teaching undergraduate subjects. The selection committee emphasizes that nominations will be welcome for outstanding teaching not only in the subjects with large enrollments (usually those that satisfy the General Institute Requirements in science), but also in the upper-level science subjects in which enrollments are smaller.
For the graduate prize, preference will be given to nominees who teach mainstream subjects in which the fundamental principles of the relevant fields are presented. Such courses typically provide the basis for advanced education and research in the fields of interest and prepare students for professional careers.
Nominations for both awards may be made by faculty and students to any member of the selection committee by March 28. Each nomination should be accompanied by a letter in support of the nomination. Additional letters will be welcomed.
Members of the committee are Professors Michael Artin, Rm 2-239, x3-7586; Sylvia Ceyer, Rm 6-225, x3-4537, and Thomas Greytak (chair), Rm 13-2074, x3-6818.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 12, 1997.