Making Science Seriously Fun

Monday, January 25, 2010

The walls of Michel Boudrias’ corner office are adorned with framed photos of crustaceans and invertebrates. Naturally, the University of San Diego professor’s bookshelf features books, but it also provides a home for toy dragons and sea creatures.

“I don’t take myself that seriously,” said Boudrias, noting he has a toy monster that can transform into a crab. “I have t-shirts that match every invertebrate group I teach.Every Tuesday, I wear a different one to class. I’ll put pictures of these creatures on my tests. I do it all because it’s a fun way to get students engaged in the class.”

Making science fun is serious business for Boudrias. A USD professor since 1992, when he completed his Ph.D. in oceanography at the Scripps Institution at UC San Diego, he chose teaching science over dedicating his life exclusively to research. It wasn’t a popular decision at the time. “When I left Scripps, the attitude in the late 80s and early 90s seemed to be that taking a teaching position meant I wasn’t good enough.”

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