NSF BIO Distinguished Lecture Series

Please join the Directorate for Biological Sciences for the 2020 lecture series (details below).

March 5, 2020 3:00 PM  to 
March 5, 2020 4:00 PM
NSF Headquarters Room 3410; 2415 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22314

May 21, 2020 11:00 AM  to 
May 21, 2020 12:00 PM
NSF Headquarters Room 3410; 2415 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22314

September 24, 2020 11:00 AM  to 
September 24, 2020 12:00 PM
NSF Headquarters Room TBA; 2415 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22314

March 5, 2020,  3:00 p.m.,  Room E3410
Dr. David Micklos, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Please join us on March 5th as the Directorate for Biological Sciences welcomes Dr. David Micklos of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Executive Director of the DNA Learning Center for his Distinguished Lecture titled, "What's Wrong (and Right) with American Science Education?”

The following abstract provides insights into the lecture topic:

The poor performance of American precollege students in international science assessments begs the question: What is wrong with science education in this country?  The countries that perform well on these assessments emphasize rote learning and tend to have relatively homogenous populations, centralized school authorities. The heterogeneity of American population and decentralized school systems are behind the poor scores but are also the source of what is right about American education: innovation and emphasis on science process and student research. Data from our longitudinal study (1998-2018) of high school biology provide evidence of widespread innovation in biology education but an erosion of teacher professionalism and esprit that enabled it. This was paralleled by a drastic decline in intensive teacher professional development by the NSF at the expense of formal research on science education. Our data argue for a renewed NSF commitment to teacher training—including the evidence-based practiced revealed by a decade of intensive education research.

The lecture will be webcast on March 5th at the following URL: https://bluejeans.com/450385901


May 21, 2020,  11:00 a.m.,  Room E3410
Dr. Jef Boeke, New York University Langone Medical Center

September 24, 2020,  11:00 a.m.,  Room TBA
Dr. Hopi Hoekstra, Harvard University


Please contact Nick Hunt [jamhunt@nsf.gov] to attend in person at NSF Headquarters. Advance sign-up requests are required, and guidelines for visiting NSF are at https://www.nsf.gov/about/visit/


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James Nicholas Hunt, (703) 292-8571, email: jamhunt@nsf.gov
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