News From HHMI

MAY 20, 2010

HHMI Awards $79 Million for Science Education to Research Universities, Top Scientists

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) today announced new grants totaling $79 million that will help universities strengthen undergraduate and precollege science education nationwide. The resources will let faculty at research universities pursue some of their most creative ideas by developing new ways to teach and inspire students about science and research.M

HHMI is making the awards through its Precollege and Undergraduate Science Education Program and the HHMI Professors Program—two complementary initiatives that are transforming science education in the United States. Read more...

MAY 20, 2010

Biology by the Numbers at Purdue

College students who study biology are awash in a sea of complex data. But when it comes to the tools required to analyze and interpret that data, most undergraduates don't equip themselves early enough, says Purdue's HHMI program director Dennis Minchella. "Students will put off statistics courses until they're seniors," he says, despite the fact that quantitative skills can enrich even introductory science coursework. With that thought in mind, Purdue will draw on a new HHMI grant to integrate statistical reasoning and data evaluation into the biology curriculum. Read more...

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