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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

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.

About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

Visit or call 217-245-3467 for more information.

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