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Famous Speeches / Be a doer !! Success will come ...
« on: May 30, 2017, 01:27:17 PM »
Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is nightmare.
                                                                                                                        – Japanese Proverb

Brain / Dementia in Bangladesh
« on: May 30, 2017, 10:44:02 AM »

Brain / DEMENTIA !!!!!
« on: May 30, 2017, 10:38:45 AM »
Dementia is the most important and most common degenerative brain disease. Cerebral atrophy that progresses for many years, and severe brain atrophy and dementia are clinically difference from the atrophy that occurs normally with aging. The late pathologic change in patients who have dementia has been confirmed as the appearance of atrophy diffusion in the brain, and the weight of the brain is usually reduced by at least 20%. In addition, the gyrus becomes narrower and the sulci become wider. The symmetry of the third ventricle and lateral ventricle changes and they have different degrees of expansion. Microscopically, a large number of the nerve cells are lost, especially in the cerebral cortex, and the nuclei in the brain also lose nerve cells, especially in monoamine nervous system in the stem of the brain. The decrease in the number of cholinergic neurons in basal ganglia may affect memory.

The clinical manifestations of dementia include: the existence of a variety of mental disorders including personality change, inability to remember how to perform simple tasks like use household items or tools, while still retaining the ability to complete the action; inability to use a pen, razor, tableware, or unlock something. These actions are not ideational apraxia.

The most common dyspraxia are the inability to walk stably or with large steps. Towards the end of disease, certain reflexes are difficult to perform, such as grasping and sucking, and there are other signs of the frontal diseases, urinary and fecal incontinence. Patients that remain silent will eventually lose his or her ability to walk and may become paralyzed, with a complete inability to care for his- or herself.

Treatment: there is no official, effective treatment for this disease.

The Wu Stem Cell Medical Center (WSCMC) recently found that the stem cell treatment has a direct effect on dementia. The results concluded: physical performance (body paralysis) and non-physical performance (cognitive and mental symptoms) can prevent the progression of dementia, and can help to reverse the clinical neural function in order to improve the patient´s situation. WSCMC observed through animal experimentation that the nerve cells that transform neural stem cells by medication not only can increase the amount of monoamine neural cells in the stem of the brain, but also can increase the number of choline basal ganglia neurons in the locus coeruleus. This can change the pathological situation of the cell membrane, cell cytoplasm and cell nucleus in the brain, in order to reduce and remove the accumulation of deformed protein.

Their study, "Diagnostic Biomarkers of Alzheimer's Disease as Identified in Saliva using 1H NMR-Based Metabolomics" was published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

Investigators found salivary molecules hold promise as reliable diagnostic biomarkers.

The study exemplifies the quest by scientists to combat Alzheimer's disease, a degenerative brain disorder with no cure and few reliable diagnostic tests. In the United States, Alzheimer's is a health epidemic affecting more than 5 million Americans. Investigators seek to develop valid and reliable biomarkers, diagnosing the disease in its earliest stages before brain damage occurs and dementia begins.

Researcher Stewart Graham, Ph.D., said, "We used metabolomics, a newer technique to study molecules involved in metabolism. Our goal was to find unique patterns of molecules in the saliva of our study participants that could be used to diagnose Alzheimer's disease in the earliest stages, when treatment is considered most effective. Presently, therapies for Alzheimer's are initiated only after a patient is diagnosed and treatments offer modest benefits."

Metabolomics is used in medicine and biology for the study of living organisms. It measures large numbers of naturally occurring small molecules, called metabolites, present in the blood, saliva and tissues. The pattern or fingerprint of metabolites in the biological sample can be used to learn about the health of the organism.

Alzheimer's disease is a type of dementia affecting a person's ability to think, communicate and function. It greatly impacts their relationships, their independence and lifestyle. The condition's toll not only affects millions of Americans, but in 2017, it could cost the nation $259 billion.

Electrical stimulation delivered when memory is predicted to fail can improve memory function in the human brain, a team of neuroscientists shows for the first time. That same stimulation generally becomes disruptive when electrical pulses arrive during periods of effective memory function. A team of University of Pennsylvania neuroscientists showed for the first time that electrical stimulation delivered when memory is predicted to fail can improve memory function in the human brain. Here, the blue dots indicate overall electrode placement; the yellow dot (top-right corner) indicates the electrode used to stimulate the subject's brain to increase memory performance.

Source: Science Daily


Probiotics may relieve symptoms of depression, as well as help gastrointestinal upset, research from McMaster University has found.

In a study published in the medical journal Gastroenterology, researchers of the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute found that twice as many adults with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) reported improvements from co-existing depression when they took a specific probiotic than adults with IBS who took a placebo.

The study provides further evidence of the microbiota environment in the intestines being in direct communication with the brain said senior author Dr. Premysl Bercik, an associate professor of medicine at McMaster and a gastroenterologist for Hamilton Health Sciences.

"This study shows that consumption of a specific probiotic can improve both gut symptoms and psychological issues in IBS. This opens new avenues not only for the treatment of patients with functional bowel disorders but also for patients with primary psychiatric diseases," he said.

IBS is the most common gastrointestinal disorder in the world, and is highly prevalent in Canada. It affects the large intestine and patients suffer from abdominal pain and altered bowel habits like diarrhea and constipation. They are also frequently affected by chronic anxiety or depression.

The pilot study involved 44 adults with IBS and mild to moderate anxiety or depression. They were followed for 10 weeks, as half took a daily dose of the probiotic Bifidobacterium longum NCC3001, while the others had a placebo.

At six weeks, 14 of 22, or 64%, of the patients taking the probiotic had decreased depression scores, compared to seven of 22 (or 32%) of patients given placebo.

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) showed that the improvement in depression scores was associated with changes in multiple brain areas involved in mood control.

"This is the result of a decade long journey -- from identifying the probiotic, testing it in preclinical models and investigating the pathways through which the signals from the gut reach the brain," said Bercik.

"The results of this pilot study are very promising but they have to be confirmed in a future, larger scale trial," said Dr. Maria Pinto Sanchez, the first author and a McMaster clinical research fellow.


Pharmacy / Medicinal plant database in Bangladesh
« on: May 25, 2017, 10:15:14 AM »
Medicinal Plants Database of Bangladesh aims to create opportunities for researcher and students from different disciplines such as Botany, Zoology, Pharmacology, Microbiology, and different herbal medicine industries to easily access. A plan for regular update and enrich this database has been made. These websites are really helpful and enrich with lots of informations.

Career Advice / Do your best you will get success
« on: May 24, 2017, 12:48:41 PM »

Recent technological advances have affected many areas of our lives: the way we communicate, collaborate, learn, and, of course, teach. Along with that, those advances necessitated an expansion of our vocabulary, producing definitions such as digital natives, digital immigrants, and, the topic of this post -- "21st-century teacher."

Below are 15 characteristics of a 21st-century teacher:

1. Learner-Centered Classroom and Personalized Instructions

As students have access to any information possible, there certainly is no need to "spoon-feed" the knowledge or teach "one-size fits all" content. As students have different personalities, goals, and needs, offering personalized instructions is not just possible but also desirable. When students are allowed to make their own choices, they own their learning, increase intrinsic motivation, and put in more effort -- an ideal recipe for better learning outcomes!

2. Students as Producers

Today's students have the latest and greatest tools, yet, the usage in many cases barely goes beyond communicating with family and friends via chat, text, or calls. Even though students are now viewed as digital natives, many are far from producing any digital content. While they do own expensive devices with capabilities to produce blogs, infographics, books, how-to videos, and tutorials, just to name a few, in many classes, they are still asked to turn those devices off and work with handouts and worksheets. Sadly, often times these papers are simply thrown away once graded. Many students don't even want to do them, let alone keep or return them later. When given a chance, students can produce beautiful and creative blogs, movies, or digital stories that they feel proud of and share with others.

3. Learn New Technologies

In order to be able to offer students choices, having one's own hands-on experience and expertise will be useful. Since technology keeps developing, learning a tool once and for all is not a option. The good news is that new technologies are new for the novice and and experienced teachers alike, so everyone can jump in at any time! I used a short-term subscription to, which has many resources for learning new technologies.

4. Go Global

Today's tools make it possible to learn about other countries and people first hand. Of course, textbooks are still sufficient, yet, there is nothing like learning languages, cultures, and communication skills from actually talking to people from other parts of the world.

It's a shame that with all the tools available, we still learn about other cultures, people, and events from the media. Teaching students how to use the tools in their hands to "visit" any corner of this planet will hopefully make us more knowledgable and sympathetic.

5. Be Smart and Use Smart Phones

Once again -- when students are encouraged to view their devices as valuable tools that support knowledge (rather than distractions), they start using them as such. I remember my first years of teaching when I would not allow cell phones in class and I'd try to explain every new vocabulary word or answer any question myself -- something I would not even think of doing today!

I have learned that different students have different needs when it comes to help with new vocabulary or questions; therefore, there is no need to waste time and explain something that perhaps only one or two students would benefit from. Instead, teaching students to be independent and know how to find answers they need makes the class a different environment!

I have seen positive changes ever since I started viewing students' devices as useful aid. In fact, sometimes I even respond by saying "I don't know -- use Google and tell us all!" What a difference in their reactions and outcomes!

6. Blog

I have written on the importance of both student and teacher blogging. Even my beginners of English could see the value of writing for real audience and establishing their digital presence. To blog or not to blog should not be a question any more!

7. Go Digital

Another important attribute is to go paperless -- organizing teaching resources and activities on one's own website and integrating technology bring students learning experience to a different level. Sharing links and offering digital discussions as opposed to a constant paper flow allows students to access and share class resources in a more organized fashion.

8. Collaborate

Technology allows collaboration between teachers & students. Creating digital resources, presentations, and projects together with other educators and students will make classroom activities resemble the real world. Collaboration should go beyond sharing documents via e-mail or creating PowerPoint presentations. Many great ideas never go beyond a conversation or paper copy, which is a great loss! Collaboration globally can change our entire experience!

9. Use Twitter Chat

Participating in Twitter chat is the cheapest and most efficient way to organize one's own PD, share research and ideas, and stay current with issues and updates in the field. We can grow professionally and expand our knowledge as there is a great conversation happening every day, and going to conferences is no longer the only way to meet others and build professional learning networks.

10. Connect

Connect with like-minded individuals. Again, today's tools allow us to connect anyone, anywhere, anytime. Have a question for an expert or colleague? Simply connect via social media: follow, join, ask, or tell!

11. Project-Based Learning

As today's students have an access to authentic resources on the web, experts anywhere in the world, and peers learning the same subject somewhere else, teaching with textbooks is very "20th-century" (when the previously listed option were not available). Today's students should develop their own driving questions, conduct their research, contact experts, and create final projects to share all using devices already in their hands. All they need from their teacher is guidance!

12. Build Your Positive Digital Footprint

It might sound obvious, but it is for today's teachers to model how to appropriately use social media, how to produce and publish valuable content, and how to create sharable resources. Even though it's true that teachers are people, and they want to use social media and post their pictures and thoughts, we cannot ask our students not to do inappropriate things online if we ourselves do it. Maintaining professional behavior both in class and online will help build positive digital footprint and model appropriate actions for students.

13. Code

While this one might sound complicated, coding is nothing but today's literacy. As a pencil or pen were "the tools" of the 20th-century, making it impossible to picture a teacher not capable to operate with it, today's teacher must be able to operate with today's pen and pencil, i.e., computers. Coding is very interesting to learn -- the feeling of writing a page with HTML is amazing! Even though I have ways to go, just like in every other field, a step at a time can take go a long way. Again, is a great resource to start with!

14. Innovate

I invite you to expand your teaching toolbox and try new ways you have not tried before, such as teaching with social media or replacing textbooks with web resources. Not for the sake of tools but for the sake of students!

Ever since I started using TED talks and my own activities based on those videos, my students have been giving a very different feedback. They love it! They love using Facebook for class discussions and announcements. They appreciate novelty -- not the new tools, but the new, more productive and interesting ways of using them.

15. Keep Learning

As new ways and new technology keep emerging, learning and adapting is essential. The good news is: it's fun, and even 20 min a day will take you a long way!


Online Education / Teaching with Technology
« on: May 11, 2017, 10:00:52 AM »

Technology indicates the advancements in the methods and tools we use to solve problems so that students can learn effectively. 20 years back people could not think about that by using technology teaching processes can be made effective. The newest technologies allow us to try things in physical and virtual classrooms that were not possible before.
    1. Online tools
    2. Presentation software
    3. Drawing and graphic software
    4. Some smart apps
    5. Course management tools
    6. Clickers and smartphones
    7. Lecture-capture tools [/li][/list]

In my training session I have learned some strategies so that we can make a session more effective or we can ensure effective teaching by using technology. Its an era of technology. So if we really try to make dynamic, extrovert students as well as if we want to be a good teacher we must have to follow some technique which can only be ensured by the use of technology.

I have prepared a mind map and tried to generate some unique ideas so that I can use these technologies in my classes. A teacher can make his/ her class more interesting with some tricks. My mind map represents some ways to teach with technology. Students counseling, student’s assessments, class conducting and hundreds of task can be done by using only phone which we uses to carry every single moment.

Public Health / Parts of the body
« on: May 11, 2017, 09:51:09 AM »
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Pharmacy / Drugs for Treatment of Migraine
« on: May 08, 2017, 11:37:01 AM »
Migraine is a chronic disorder characterized by headache; and nausea, vomiting or sensitivity to light and sound. The following drugs can be used for the treatment of migraine.

Almotriptan is a triptan, prescribed for acute migraine attacks. The medication results in the contraction of blood vessels surrounding the brain and also stops the release of substances that activates the pain.


Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant, prescribed for depression. It is also prescribed for migraine and nerve pain.

Aspirin and Oxycodone
Aspirin and Oxycodone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. The drug decreases the substances that cause pain and inflammation.

Aspirin, Butalbital and Caffeine
Aspirin, Butalbital and Caffeine contains barbiturate, central nervous system stimulant, analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory agents, prescribed for relieving tension headaches.


Buclizine is an antihistamine, prescribed for motion sickness, migraine, nausea, and skin disorders.

আমাদের দাদা দাদীর সময়ের তুলনায় আমাদের এই বিশ্ব সম্পরকে জানার গন্ডি ,সীমিত তে কোন সন্দেহ নেই। ইন্টারনেট ও নেটওয়ারকিং এর বিপ্লবের সাথে সাথে নতুন চাকরি প্রার্থীদের জন্য আরো সুযোগ সুবিধার পথ উন্মোচিত করেছে, সে সাথে নিজের সাফল্যের গল্প নিশ্চিত করেছে।এই ধরনের চমৎকার সুযোগগুলির মধ্যে  অন্যতম হল আন্তর্জাতিক যা কেবল আপনার স্বপ্ন কে খুব তাড়াতারি পূরণ  সেই সাথে প্রতিযোগিতার এই যুগে বিশ্বের নাগরিক হিসেবে নিজের স্থান নিশ্চিত করতে পারবেন।
প্রস্তুতি নিনঃ

প্রত্যেকটি সাফল্যের পেছনে প্রস্তুতি প্রধান হাতিয়ার হিসেবে কাজ করে থাকে। প্রথমেই লক্ষ নিরধারন করুন কিভাবে আন্তর্জাতিক ভাবে নিজের কর্ম জীবন শুরু করবেন। কোন স্থান সম্পরকে ক্ষুদ্র থেকে ক্ষুদ্র তথ্য জানতে আপনার নিজেকে কিছু কাজ করতে হবে। আন্তর্জাতিক কর্ম জীবন শুরু করার আগে সেই জায়গার শিক্ষা, কর্ম অভিজ্ঞতা এবং সংস্কৃতি, আইন ইত্যাদি বিষয়ক তথ্য জেনে নিন।

ডিগ্রি কতটুকু গুরুত্বপূর্ণ ?

ভুলে যাবেন না, দেশের বাইরে কাজ করতে যাওয়া মানে, বিষয় গত শিক্ষার উপর আপনার উপযুক্ত জ্ঞান থাকতে হবে। এইক্ষেত্রে একটি মৌলিক ডিগ্রি থাকা অত্যাবশ্যক। কিন্তু আপনার উদ্দ্যেশ্য যদি মাস্টারস বা পি এইচ ডি ডিগ্রি অর্জন হয়ে থাকে তাহলে   আন্তর্জাতিক চাকরির বাজারে আপনার কদর বাড়বে।

আন্তঃসাংস্কৃতিক অভিজ্ঞতা অর্জন করুনঃ

দেশের বাইরে কাজ করছেন, ভিন্ন মানুষ, ভিন্ন সংস্কৃতির সহকর্মী ও পরিবেশ এ কাজ করছেন, যা সম্পূর্ণ আলাদা। সুতরাং আপনার এই নতুন পরিবেশের সাথে নিজেকে সহজেই মানিয়ে নেয়ার মানসীকতা থাকতে হবে। আন্তঃসাংস্কৃতিক অভিজ্ঞতা অর্জনের জন্য আপনার ক্যাম্পাসে বিদেশী ছাত্র সমাজে যোগদানের চেষ্টা করতে পারেন, ঐ অঞ্চলে ইতিহাস ও রাজনীতি শিখতে পারেন অথবা আঞ্চলিক জাতিগত খাবারের সাথে নিজেকে পরিচিত করতে পারেন।

ভাষা শিখুনঃ

আপনি যদি আপনার সহকর্মীদের সাথে ভাষাগত দক্ষতার কারনে ঠিক মত যোগাযোগ করতে না পারেন তাহলে আপনার শিক্ষাগত যোগ্যতা অনুযায়ী আন্তর্জাতিক কর্মজীবনে  কখনোই আপনি সক্ষম হবেন না। স্থানীয় ভাষা দক্ষতা আপনার পেশাদারিত্বের অন্যতম দক্ষতা বলে বিবেচিত হবে। আপনার ইংরেজী ভাষার উপর দক্ষতা এক্ষত্রে  অপরিহার্য । এই ভাষা দক্ষতা বিশ্বের যে কোন প্রান্তে আপনাকে সাহায্য করবে।

যোগাযোগ ও নেটওয়ারকিংঃ

কিছু কিছু দেশে, আপনি কি জানেন তা মুখ্য নয়, বরং আপনার সম্পরকে কতজন জানেন সেটা মুখ্য হয়ে দাঁড়ায়। মনে রাখবেন আপনার প্রয়োজনেই নিজের নেটওয়ার্ক গড়ে তুলতে হবে এতে করে আপনার কর্মজীবন শুখের হবে। একই বিষয়ে পড়াশোনা করছেন আপনার সহপাঠী, যারা প্রতিষ্ঠিত ও বিশেষজ্ঞ,  তাদের সাথে সংযোগ স্থাপন করতে পারেন।

কাজ করুন বিশ্বভ্রমনের লক্ষ্যে :

মনে রাখবেন, যদি আপনার দক্ষতা কম হয়ে থাকে তাহলে দেশের বাইরে চাকরি পাওয়া খুব সহজ নয়, শুরুর দিকটা সবার জন্যই কিছুটা কঠিন হয়ে থাকে। আর তাই প্রথমেই নিজের কাজের উপরে দক্ষতা অর্জন করুন, আর এই দক্ষতা কে কাজে লাগিয়ে আন্তর্জাতিক চাকরির জন্য আবেদন করতে পারেন।

চাহিদা পূর্ণ দক্ষতা শিখুনঃ

বিষয়গত জ্ঞান ছাড়াও অন্যান্য চাহিদা পূর্ণ  দক্ষতা অর্জন করুন, যা আন্তর্জাতিক চাকরির বাজারে খুব গুরুত্বপূর্ণ ভূমিকা বহন করে। যেমন আপনি কিছু দক্ষতার কথা উল্লেখ করতে পারেন যেমনঃ বিশ্লেষণাত্মক দক্ষতা, বিষয়গত গবেষণা ও প্রতিবেদন লেখার ক্ষমতা, আইটি সঙ্ক্রান্ত ও স্প্রেডশিট এ কাজ করার দক্ষতা, কৌশলগত পরিকল্পনা, আর্থিক ব্যবস্থাপনা দক্ষতা, প্রকল্প ব্যবস্থাপনা, অ্যাকাউন্টিং এবং সিস্টেম বিশ্লেষণ সম্পরকে আপনার অভিজ্ঞতার কথা উল্লেখ করুন।

যোগাযোগ এবং আন্তঃব্যক্তিগত দক্ষতা বিকাশঃ

উল্লিখিত দক্ষতাগুলির পাশাপাশি আরও কিছু  সাধারণ দক্ষতা অর্জনের উপরও নজর দেওয়া উচিত, যেমন  সাংগঠনিক দক্ষতা  এবং আন্তঃব্যক্তিগত দক্ষতা এবং অনন্য  নেতৃত্বের গুণাবলী সম্পরকে অবগত হওয়া উচিত।সা মাজিক পরিবেশে এ  সংযোগ স্থাপনের পাশাপাশি  আন্তঃসাংস্কৃতিক যোগাযোগের দক্ষতা গড়ে তোলার উপরও আপনাকে নজর দিতে হবে। আর যেহেতু নিজের দেশ ছেড়ে অনেক দূরে অবস্থান করছেন সেক্ষত্রে আপনার ধৈর্য এবং সামঞ্জস্য ক্ষমতা উন্নত করা উচিত।

চাকরি খোজার দক্ষতা উন্নত করুনঃ

উপরের সকল দক্ষতাই ব্যর্থ হবে যদি আপনার হাতে চাহিদানুযায়ী কোন চাকরি না থাকে। আর তাই নিজেকে প্রস্তুত করুন, যেন শত শত প্রার্থীর  ভীড়ে নিজের যোগ্যতা প্রকাশ করতে পারেন। আপনার সিভি কে আরো সুন্দর করুন, লিংকডিন এ আপনার অনলাইন প্রোফাইল তৈরি করুন, অথবা নিজেকে  আরও বেশি দৃশ্যমান করে তুলতে নিজস্ব ব্লগ বা ওয়েবসাইট ব্যবহার করতে পারেন।


একটি সফল  আন্তর্জাতিক কর্মজীবন গড়ে তোলার জন্য আপনার নিজস্ব কিছু কাজ অবশ্য করণীয় হয়ে দাঁড়ায়। নিজেকে শুধুমাত্র একজন কর্মকর্তা ভাবলে ভুল করবেন যে কোন চাকরির জন্য আবেদনের আগে নিজের আগ্রহ সম্পরকে নিশ্চিত হোন।

Higher Education / Is the GRE important?
« on: April 30, 2017, 03:26:46 PM »
Is the GRE important?

This is a very interesting question, and one with diametrically opposed answers, depending how one interprets the question. One common answer is that the GRE is not important at all, and it is an arbitrary test that purports to measure some elusive concept known as intelligence, or, more pejoratively, IQ. It is at best a rite of passage—much like ritual scarring—one must suffer if they are to ascend to the rarefied realm of grad school.

On the other extreme is the idea that the test is a highly valid measure of the intellectual skills required for success in grad school. Get a high score and you’ll do well in grad school, this line of reasoning goes.

So useful or useless?

My own opinion lies somewhere in the middle of these two views. I am loath to consider the GRE some arbitrary intrusion upon the lives—and sanity—of grad school aspirants. I could think of far more whimsical forms of arbitrariness (a test of world capitals or one’s ability to memorize a random series of digits). Ultimately, since much of the reading is lifted from academic journals, being able to understand such writing will make a difference in grad school.

The math may not be as defensible, especially for one looking to write one’s dissertation on motifs of 15th century frescoes. At the same time, the math found on the test isn’t that “mathy” – it is more testing your logical reasoning with number, which, especially for the majority who will have to dabble in statistics side of things, is somewhat relevant.

Then there is the AWA, which tests your ability to logically articulate yourself in writing on a complex issue—anathema to the engineer, not totally irrelevant to one who hopes to have their work submitted to a journal.

Is the GRE too general?

I think what the above points to is the sheer quixotry of trying to create a general test for the diverse range of fields represented by the graduate curriculum. Surely, you cannot cater to every field without making the majority of test takers think, “What does this have to do with graduate school”, and without ultimately condemning parts of the test irrelevant for most.

So for a standardized test that hopes to accommodate disparate fields of studying the GRE could be a lot worse (Let us not forget the analogies from the old GRE, which were largely irrelevant to almost any conceivable field of study). Even the GMAT does not stack up as well, in my opinion, to the New GRE as a general test of skills needed in graduate school (I’m sure the GMAT writers would hardly demur, as they’ve created the test exclusively for one segment of the grad school spectrum).

As to the whether there is a test that would do an even better job of predicting grad school success, I’m sure the answer is yes. But my prediction, once researchers can trace grad school performance back to one’s new GRE score, is that the test will do a decent job for most fields of studies. This invites the question: Why not only include the subject specific tests then? The answer: each test is domain specific, but does not necessarily test overall intellectual aptitude (not that the GRE really does either, but it does a better job of doing so than a subject specific test).

How important is the GRE to your application?

For now, the new GRE is important in that it is a piece—though only a relatively small piece–of an application that gives admissions a somewhat accurate sense of an applicant’s intellectual ability in a highly artificial—and stressful—environment.

This observation allows me to segue into the final interpretation of the title question of the blog post: the new GRE is important to your grad school application. That said, relevant work experience, excellent letters of recommendation, a strong undergraduate GPA can bolster a weak score; a want of any related experience, or an abysmal undergraduate GPA can neutralize a perfect score.

Guidance for Job Market / 8 common Interview question and answers
« on: April 29, 2017, 10:33:22 PM »
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