Scholarship News

"Calling BullS**t" College Course


February 28, 2017 3:04 PM
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
Two University of Washington professors are calling out fake news and alternative facts in defense of the scientific community with their new course Calling Bullshit In The Age of Big Data. Students, as well as the general public will have the opportunity to learn how to detect and defuse bullshit.

Two University of Washington professors are calling out "fake news" and "alternative facts" in defense of the scientific community with their new course "Calling Bullshit In The Age of Big Data." Students, as well as the general public will have the opportunity to learn how to "detect and defuse" bullshit.

Biologist Carl Bergstrom, and his partner Jevin West, an assistant professor in UW's Information School, concocted the idea after much griping about the misinformation and misinterpretation of scientific data, algorithms and research seen in popular press, grant applications and scientific papers. After reviewing scientific articles for years, they decided to "help people of all political perspectives resist bullshit, because we are confident that together all of us can make better collective decisions if we know how to evaluate the information that comes our way." The apolitical course also gives insight to the unease felt by scholars who are devoted to the empirical scientific method, which is not as embraced as frequently as are the "outright scams."

The professors will examine case studies, or what they refer to as "bullshit in the wild" - to show how scientific data is "manipulated to mislead the public." Students will learn key skills for judging information, such as how to "remain vigilant for bullshit contaminating your information diet" or "recognize said bullshit whenever and wherever you encounter it."

While the course will be held on UW's campus, with a max of 160 students, the materials are available online to the general public for free. Other institutions, high schools, and middle schools have requested to borrow their material to create their own similar course and the two professors have eagerly agreed; "No copyright. No trademark. Use it. Run with it," West stated.

West and Bergstrom are also set on the term "bullshit" as they claim "there are few synonyms that can match the thump it has." University officials have strongly supported this, and it even appears in the school's new course catalog.

College is expensive, Scholarships.com is completely free. Pay for your college education with as much free college scholarship money as possible. By applying to all the awards you qualify for, you can be sure to not miss a single opportunity in paying for your college expenses - including tuition, fees, room and board. Get matched to college scholarships instantly and start applying today by conducting a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com.

Discuss

Share your thoughts and perhaps thousands of students will benefit from your unique insight on the subject!



If you can read this, don't touch the following fields


 

Bruce C  on  3/7/2017 5:32:11 PM commented:

One of those classes where you fail if you don't agree. How can this be said? They aren't trying to teach critical thought and discernment of truth, it is merely "believe me". They went to prove the hypothesis, not examine it.

Jakai T  on  2/28/2017 10:55:17 AM commented:

Those are probably my favorite two professors at the moment. I'm glad they understand what's going on and how weak Stumpf is when it comes to facts and things that are proven to be against him. I'd take this class quickly.

Across the country, both private and public institutions of higher education have announced that they will be test-optional for students applying to enter school in the fall of 2021. This policy, instituted as a response to coronavirus cancellations of standardized testing dates, comes with the caveat that it would only exist during next year’s round of admissions. But the University of California system has gone in an entirely different direction by announcing that will no longer require the SAT or ACT for all California state applicants.

University of California Seeks New Standardized Test

May 27, 2020 11:42 AM
by Izzy Hall
Across the country, both private and public institutions of higher education have announced that they will be test-optional for students applying to enter school in the fall of 2021. This policy,
Time to break out the white pants, beach chairs and barbeque sauce! It’s Memorial Day weekend and we’re excited for the (unofficial) start of summer. But there’s still almost a week left of May, and plenty of scholarships to consider before we jump into June. So, enjoy your three-day weekend – and set aside some time to apply to these scholarships.

Wrap up May with these Memorial Day Scholarships

May 22, 2020 10:38 AM
by Izzy Hall
Time to break out the white pants, beach chairs and barbeque sauce! It’s Memorial Day weekend and we’re excited for the (unofficial) start of summer. But there’s still almost a week left of May, and
  As much uncertainty looms around the future of college openings and instruction, one thing is certain: The college landscape won't quickly and easily return to what it was pre-COVID-19...at least for a while. Here's a glimpse as to what college may look like in the near future and what students are hoping to experience in their upcoming semesters.

What Will College Look Like Come Fall Semester 2020?

May 21, 2020 3:18 PM
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
As much uncertainty looms around the future of college openings and instruction, one thing is certain: The college landscape won't quickly and easily return to what it was pre-COVID-19...at least
Do you like Scholarships.com? Of course! Between our huge database of scholarships, college search tools, and student resources, what’s not to like? Just as much as you appreciate Scholarships.com, we appreciate you – and we’re bringing back the “Tell A Friend” scholarship sweepstakes just for you!

The “Tell A Friend” Scholarship Sweepstakes is Back!

May 15, 2020 8:55 AM
by Izzy Hall
Do you like Scholarships.com? Of course! Between our huge database of scholarships, college search tools, and student resources, what’s not to like? Just as much as you appreciate Scholarships.com,
Some 3.4 million students have registered to take the AP Exams this year, which began on Monday, but they’re not taking the typical pencil-and-Scantron tests. Instead, students this year will be taking an abridged version of the AP Exams online. The traditional marathon-like tests have become free response exams that will last for just 45 minutes. This change, among many others, has garnered lukewarm reception even before testing began. Will these altered AP Exams carry the same weight as normal tests? And how will students perform on them, given all that has happened since the last time their AP courses convened in the classroom?

Online AP Testing Starts This Week

May 12, 2020 9:45 AM
by Izzy Hall
Some 3.4 million students have registered to take the AP Exams this year, which began on Monday, but they’re not taking the typical pencil-and-Scantron tests. Instead, students this year will be
Graduation is right around the corner for the class of 2020, and given the copious amount of event cancellations, many students won't have the traditional ceremonial experiences they've been looking forward to the past four years. Times may be changing, but the graduation festivities can still go on in extraordinary ways - don't forget you can always plan for an official, in-person party at a later time, when things calm down. For now, here are unique ideas for throwing your upcoming quarantine 2020 graduation party.

Quarantine Graduation Party Ideas 2020

May 8, 2020 1:27 PM
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
Graduation is right around the corner for the class of 2020, and given the copious amount of event cancellations, many students won't have the traditional ceremonial experiences they've been looking
One of the biggest milestones that students look forward to throughout their educational career is the high school or college commencement. Donned in their cap and gown, students have proudly walked across a stage in front of their peers, educators and families, to receive their diploma or degree in-hand, perhaps followed up by a hug or handshake from their educators, as a sign of congratulations and respect for all of their hard work over the course of many years.

Graduation Ceremonies 2020: Quarantine-Style

May 7, 2020 11:33 AM
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
One of the biggest milestones that students look forward to throughout their educational career is the high school or college commencement. Donned in their cap and gown, students have proudly walked
Goodbye April showers, hello May flowers! Get into the seasonal spirit with these scholarships that have extended deadlines into May and early June. Now’s your (second) chance to apply for these scholarships and earn awards for higher education.

Leap into May with these Extended Deadline Scholarships

May 1, 2020 10:17 AM
by Izzy Hall
Goodbye April showers, hello May flowers! Get into the seasonal spirit with these scholarships that have extended deadlines into May and early June. Now’s your (second) chance to apply for these