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Khan Academy is all about giving more breathing room. You want to go deep? Go deep.

Salman Khan (Khan Academy)

Curiosity is a hard thing to squash, but the traditional model of education manages pretty well: Listen to lectures, take notes, feed back what you learned, and then forget it all. You’re not allowed to go beyond the curriculum.

Salman Khan (Khan Academy)

We are running experiments about if you explain a concept—seeing negative exponents in a different way, using certain text or not using certain text—how does it affect how quickly a student gets to proficiency? How does it affect their attention one week later, two weeks later, their actual forgetting curve? We do a 5 percent study, we get 40,000 data points by tomorrow, which is unheard of in the traditional world. And we can control for all sorts of things and we can measure all sorts of variables.

Salman Khan (Khan Academy)

When we think of Khan Academy, yes, if you have nothing, if you are a villager in some rural part of India and you have no school, hopefully we can get a device out to you and then get you access. We can help you learn and move up your knowledge edge.

Salman Khan (Khan Academy)

I grew up with plenty of smart people. They would beat me at chess, they could solve brain teasers before I could, but then they would struggle in algebra. These were incredibly smart people who simply did not have the foundation in math that I had.

Salman Khan (Khan Academy)

For us, free really means free. So far it’s been donors who have paid for it. Over the longer term, we think there will be ways to get other revenue that doesn’t conflict with the “free” part.

Salman Khan (Khan Academy)

My background is in software, and I have always had these romantic notions of starting writing software that could help people learn, so I started writing a little tool that would give Nadia and her brothers and the other people I was working with practice problems.

Salman Khan (Khan Academy)

I had no preconceived notions about how people learned; I was constrained by no orthodoxy regarding the ‘right’ way to do things

Salman Khan (Khan Academy)

I was a student of mechanical engineering ,I went to, probably took just one or two classes of metallurgy at that time and in the US also all my degrees are in mechanical engineering ,but for my PhD I worked with somebody who was trained as a metallurgist but he was in mechanical engineering. That’s how I got into it. Then for my post doc work in Berkley, I was in materials science department. So I was always in between these two, then when I moved back to MIT as professor I moved to Materials Science Department.

Subra Suresh

The NSF plays a key role as a major contribution to the innovation ecosystem of the country. Scientific discoveries begin with the kind of efforts that the NSF sponsors.

Subra Suresh

I think India is a key player for a variety of reasons, one, you have the human talent, a large number of very good students given the large population, so unlike some small countries that are struggling for the right number of people with their population, so that’s a very good sign.

Subra Suresh

When I got into IIT in 1972 it was based on my score in four, three-hour exams, and if you are in the top 1,300 out of 300,000 to 400,000 high school students, you get in. For some of the wealthy families in India, the Ivy League is considered a set of safety schools if their kids don’t get into IIT.

Subra Suresh

The NSF is very unique in its mission. It is the only federal agency in the U.S., and perhaps globally, that funds research in all branches of science and engineering.

Subra Suresh

Rapid changes in technology and the increasingly widespread global access to knowledge and information generated by such technology are creating new opportunities and challenges for research funders, performers, publishers and the general public.

Subra Suresh

Materials science is a multidisciplinary area that contributes to and derives information from a broad spectrum of intellectual disciplines. As the scope and breadth of knowledge encompassed by materials science expand, one of the key challenges is to ensure that students, faculty and researchers alike have access to digital information of content, knowledge, data, and research developments in a searchable, economical, and rapidly accessible manner.

Subra Suresh

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