TASMANIAN-born Nobel prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn is one of the world’s leading medical researchers.

The molecular biology researcher, who now lives in the US, is this year’s Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine, sharing it with two other researchers. Their award was for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said yesterday: “Australia has made frequent contributions to the world’s great discoveries and Professor Blackburn’s work continues that proud tradition,” he said. “She must also be acknowledged for her reputation as an Australian scientist who places as much weight on the ethics of research as on the practice of science.”

Professor Blackburn was famously appointed, then removed, from then US president George W. Bush’s bioethics advisory council because she objected to the practice of having religion rather than science guide its work, especially in the field of embryonic stem cell research, which was tightly restricted by the Bush administration.

— Click here to see, in her press conference, how the Nobel laureate discusses the difference between academic research and commercial research — between curiosity and business-planningwatch?v=7jVKUIJOlMs

SOT members are already familiar with the spaced training method used by SOT.

Spaced training is an effective way to produce skills because it allows for repetition over time. This is the training strategy that is used by the military, the music conservatory, the aviation school and other institutions where virtuosity is the training goal, not just knowledge.

Many business and academic institutions use massed training which tries to cram training into one or two sessions. Massed training is a far less effective strategy for retaining knowledge or developing skills. It is completely ineffective for achieving virtuosity.

Repetition became unfashionable as a teaching strategy in education about 30 years ago. However, at SOT, we have evolved our own training method over that time to see what delivers better results. Repetition is a powerful strategy in the human brain because the brain is a patterning system and the architecture of patterns is repetition.

The brain thrives on repetition not distraction. One of the problems with multi-tasking is that the brain is distracted from acquiring the necessary depth of patterning to cement knowledge into skill.

We send out daily email lessons with small amounts of information to learn–spaced out over time. These lessons arrive at the desk of the trainee day by day … by … day by day.

We encourage the strategy of repetition in SOT and recommend X10 as a powerful tool for repetition. We call it TENPOWER. — You can click here for our lesson on Tenpower.

Each lesson has a DFQ (Daily Feedback Question) and the member can not only post their own answer to the DFQ but can also review the answers of other SOT members. This SOT method of reinforcement and repetition has proven to be a very effective one which produces measureable results.

— Click here for a recent study by McGill University from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro) of McGill University which shows the differences between spaced training (distributed over time) and massed training (at very short intervals).