The SME Core was an initiative coordinated in part by then Stanford Provost Condoleezza Rice. I worked with her office on and off for 3 years to help get the SME Core program up and running. (I note - whatever you think of her now - at the time I really really liked her - she was great to interact with, brilliant, and I think inspired in pushing this SME program).
For more on the SME Core see
- The Science Core experiment - Stanford News - Stanford University
- Stanford Magazine: March/April 1999: A New Spin on Science
- Stanford University: Cares of the University
It seems the SME Core may have gone away after I left Stanford. But I think it was a great program - full year integrated courses that covered science, math and engineering on a specific topic. I ended up helping design a course on Heart Disease (and was head TA). And the faculty in the course changed my life - in particular interactions with David Botstein, Rick Myers and David Cox who were three of the four instructors - that is what got me into genomics. But also - working on designing the course - and helping run it for two years - was an amazing experience. By tracking / interacting with undergrads for a full year I got to know students at a level not possible in single quarter courses. I will try to write more about the SME Core at some point but I was very proud to have received Stanford's biggest teaching award - the Walter J. Gores Award for my work on the program. So I am posting the video of the presentation because - well - I like it ...