to begin, a little background: dr. jean-claude bradley
is a chemistry professor at drexel who is very interested in using information technology to augment his didactic efforts (podcasts, screencasts, immersive gaming environments, wikis, blogs etc). he's chronicling these adventures on his excellent blog, drexel coas e-learning
onwards to the topic at hand
: recently, dr. bradley has started the useful chemistry blog
, giving his students real world problems to work so that they can apply their knowledge to tangible ends.
for example, he has procured a list of compounds (from the find-a-drug project
) with possible anti-malaria
properties. his students have been tasked with finding the most efficient synthetic route to these target compounds, which will then be assayed for efficacy.
very interesting work...i wish i was taught chemistry in this way, and i hope that this model of distributed discovery and innovation will play a large role in improving people's lives.