Let’s Teach HOW not what to Think

by Fanuel Muindi, PhD  We completely agree with Michelle Obama that we all should Let Girls Learn. The fact that 62 million girls worldwide are not in school is a heartbreak (1). Many point to the lack of resources as the issue, but as Michelle Obama pointed out in her recent CNN article, “often the root […]


A Focus on Statistical Math

by Fanuel Muindi  There needs to be a big push to integrate statistical math as early as possible during a child’s education. I think that a strong foundation in math will be absolutely essential for tomorrow’s scientists and other STEM professionals. This is already true now and it will undoubtedly be even more so as […]


Make science a priority in Haiti

Gandhy Pierre-Louis, PhD This year marks the six-year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated the island nation of Haiti. The international community pledged financial support to aid in rebuilding and to orient the country towards the goal of reclaiming the title of  “Pearl of the Antilles”. However, half a decade later, the debate on how […]


Thinking beyond publication number

by Fanuel Muindi  I think today’s young scientists should also be evaluated on mentorship, teaching, science advocacy, and service in the community. I think an impact score that takes these factors into account should also be considered when young scientists are applying for faculty jobs, grants, and when they are being considered for tenure promotions. […]


Find the time to pay it forward

by Fanuel Muindi  “If you had 5 extra hours per week to devote to advocacy for science, how would you use that time?” This is a question that was asked as part of NextGen VOICES series in the April 2014 issue of Science magazine. I wrote that “I would devote it to mentoring and giving […]

Case Study

A must-have program for universities

– by Fanuel Muindi –  One, get rid of the professors. Two, recruit super enthusiastic university students to teach. Three, allow them to teach whatever they want. Four, make it cheap enough so that pre-college students from all backgrounds can afford to attend. Lastly — perhaps the most important — you must have a well-organized and passionate program leadership […]


Tell the negative committee to shut up

by Fanuel Muindi Originally Published in Science  When I started out in Stanford University’s biology doctoral program, I didn’t feel ready. My feeling that I was poorly prepared was corroborated by a committee that told me often how underprepared and unqualified I was. I attempted to argue my case, but the committee held to its […]


Science NextGen VOICES

I would advocate for quality mentorship in science. The 2012 Executive Report from President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) reported that even though women and minority groups represent 70% of college students, they remain underrepresented among students who receive undergraduate STEM degrees. The report states that retaining more students in STEM […]


The case for a global fund for science education

Originally Published in SciDev In today’s global economy, a workforce trained in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is recognized as a primary driver of growth. Around the world, STEM education initiatives vary in scope, size, type, target populations and funding sources. What’s missing is a unified global mechanism for STEM education. Creating a Global […]


Training: African database for education schemes

Originally Published in Nature The severe shortage of trained scientists in Africa (see has given rise to a variety of programs and initiatives to recruit more students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and to encourage them to complete their education. A central database that collects and analyses data from all such enterprises […]