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IC welcomes Woodrow Wilson Fellow to campus


The senior advisor for education and communications for the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the National Research Council (NRC), Jay Labov, will be on campus to give the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows lecture on on Wednesday, February 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Rammelkamp Chapel.

The title of Labov’s lecture is "The Changing National Landscape of STEM Education." He will discuss confronting challenges to the teaching of evolution in public school science courses, the critical role of higher education, the roles of introductory science courses in the 21st century and educating scientists for the 21st century.

Labov served three years as deputy director of the NRC’s Center for Education and was the study director and responsible staff officer for more than a dozen NRC reports including “State Science and Technology Policy Advice: Issues, Opportunities, and Challenges: Summary of a National Convocation” and “Enhancing Professional Development for Teachers: Potential Uses of Information Technology.”

Prior to assuming his position at the NRC in August 1997, Labov was a member of the faculty in the Department of Biology at Colby College, Maine. He received a B.S. in biology from the University of Miami and an M.S. in zoology and a Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of Rhode Island. He was elected a Fellow in Education of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2005.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 217-245-3010 or aporter@mail.ic.edu.

About Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows

For more than 35 years, the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program has brought prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other nonacademic professionals to campuses across the United States for substantive dialogue with students and faculty members. Through a weeklong residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures and informal discussions, the Fellows create better understanding and new connections between the academic and nonacademic worlds.


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