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A seminar series for everyone at NIH with an interest in science education.

The NIH can be a valuable contributor to the conversations surrounding science education. A goal of the series is to promote thinking and discussion on the NIH campus about current science education topics, including those related to research, policy, and science education practices in other countries.

We anticipate a diverse audience that will include people from a wide range of positions at NIH, from scientists and science educators to people who are generally interested in science education. Each session is intended to be an intimate discussion between the audience and the presenter.

Videos of all the conversations
2012 Schedule

2013 Schedule

Time and Place: 3:00 p.m., Building 50, Room 1328/1334, NIH Main Campus, Bethesda, MD

January 17

Separating Facts from Fads: How Our Choices Impact Students' Performance and Persistence in STEM
Phil M. Sadler, Ph.D. External Web Site Policy, Director, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Science Education Department

January 17 Video Runtime: 01:21:57
Sadler Presentation (PDF - 4.24 MB)

February 28

Next Generation Science Standards
Stephen L. Pruitt, Ph.D. External Web Site Policy, Vice President for Content, Research and Development, Achieve

February 28 Video Runtime: 01:23:26

March 28

Cancelled: We hope to reschedule this conversation.

Public Education, Assessment Strategies, and Funding
Claudine K. Brown, M.A., J.D. External Web Site Policy, Assistant Secretary for Education and Access, Smithsonian Institution

April 25

Folk Biology, Health Literacy, and Early Science Learning
Frank C. Keil, Ph.D. External Web Site Policy, Professor of Psychology and Linguistics, Yale University

April 25 Video Runtime: 01:18:03
Keil Presentation (PDF - 2.4 MB)

May 23

Online Science Learning
Louisa Stark, Ph.D. External Web Site Policy, Director, Genetic Science Learning Center, University of Utah

May 23 Video Runtime: 01:19:56
Stark Presentation (PDF - 6.8 MB)

2012 Schedule

Time and Place: 3:00 p.m., Building 50, Room 1328/1334, NIH Main Campus, Bethesda, MD

September 27

Thinking Differently about How We Teach Science: Why Should NIH Care, and What Can NIH Do?
Rodger Bybee, Director Emeritus, Biological Sciences Curriculum Study

September 27 Video Runtime: 01:16:04
Bybee Presentation (PDF - 50 KB)

October 25

Basic Cognition for Numbers: Potential Impacts in the Science Classroom.
Justin Halberda, Associate Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University

October 25 Video Runtime: 01:29:40

November 29

Bringing Underrepresented Populations into the Sciences: What Difference Does Difference Make?
Shirley Malcom, Head, Education and Human Resources, American Association for the Advancement of Science

November 29 Video Runtime: 01:28:53
Malcom Presentation (PDF - 827 KB)

December 20

Novice Teachers' Attention to Students' Thinking.
Daniel M. Levin, Visiting Assistant Professor, College of Education, University of Maryland

December 20 Video Runtime: 00:78:31​​
Levin Presentation (PDF - 155 KB)

Last Updated Date: 04/14/2014
Last Reviewed Date: 04/14/2014
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