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the lab, Bob Goldberg's research in genetic engineering may lead
to new generations of superplants. But it is in the classroom where
his influence perhaps is greatest, as he sows the seeds that will
blossom into the newest crop of young scientists
By Dan Gordon '85
Goldberg bursts through the doors of his classroom on the first
day of Spring Quarter as if he's on a quest. "How ya doin'"? he
says as he strides with determined purpose toward the front of the
room, his shoulder-length white mane swinging with each step.
is a class where I'm going to be calling on you by name," he announces
in his uniquely emphatic style. "In fact, I know many of your names
today, I know your majors, what year you're in. We have looked up
all of your records last week, because one of the most important
things about being a professor is to know your students. We will
be using the Socratic method: question/answer/question/answer."
to the world of Bob Goldberg, professor of molecular, cell and developmental
biology, teacher par excellence and a man whose push-the-envelope
research may change the face of agriculture well into the next century.
you do in this class is a collective effort," he continues. "I do
not believe in competition among students. I have no hesitation
whatsoever about giving every student an A+. I give you challenging
questions, and I want you to work together to solve them. All of
the exams are take-home exams. I want you to talk to each other;
I want you to exchange ideas with each other; I want you to get
to know each other; I want you to debate."
are more surprises to come.
final exam is an oral exam," he says. "It's an all-class oral exam.
Can you believe that? I've actually done it with 300 students. Imagine
having 300 students in a final exam, having it all oral" It works.