International summer course in geobiology gives emerging field a boost



Educators are always concerned with the quality of graduate courses and the fate of their graduate students. When my father wrote Graduate Education in the United States [Berelson, 1960], graduate students learned from lectures, lab, and technical assignments; they learned from one-on-one tutoring, from their fellow students, and they learned by taking on challenging research topics and producing and presenting justifiable results. That educational style hasn't changed. But in the 1950s and 1960s, there was no interdisciplinary graduate course taught on Catalina Island in which students and instructors mingled during kayak trips, mountain hikes, and during breakfast, lunch, and dinner.