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UW Tackles Neglected Realm of Training for Science Professors
November 27, 2008
U.S. science and engineering students emerge from graduate school exquisitely trained to carry out research. Yet when it comes to the other major activity they'll engage in as professors--teaching--they're usually left to their own devices. That's now beginning to change, thanks to work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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