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Special Lecture Series

We are pleased to present special lectures by distinguished scholars in science education. The lectures are open to the entire Duke community, local area teachers and school administrators, and members of the public interested in science education. Please see below.

Upcoming Lectures


Past Lectures

September 20, 2010
Ira Flatow
Host, Talk of the Nation: Science Friday, National Public Radio
Title:  “Science And The Media:  Talking Science In A Science Challenged World”

December 4, 2009
Kurt Fischer Ph.D.
Director, Mind, Brain, and Education Program at Harvard
Charles Bigelow Professor, Department of Education, Harvard
Title: “Mind, Brain, and Education:  Tools for Analyzing Learning Pathways”.

January 30, 2009
BruceAlberts, Ph.D.
Editor-in-Chief, Science
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, UCSF
Title: “Making a Science Out of Science Education:  Strategies for Success in the Critical Enterprise for the World’s Future”.
See his latest article in Science VOL 323 2 January 2009 here.

October 24, 2008
Michelene Chi, Ph.D.
Professor in the Division of Education
Arizona State University
Title: “Does Qualitative Understanding of Emergent Processes Transfer to Learning Science Concepts? A Pilot Intervention

April 4, 2008
James Pellegrino, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Psychology & Education
Co-director, Learning Sciences Research Institute
University of Illinois at Chicago
Title: “From Research to Practice: Redesigning AP Science Courses to Promote Advanced Learning and Conceptual Understanding”

Click here to watch a videostream of Dr. Pellegrino’s lecture.

January 25, 2008
Philip M. Sadler, Ph.D.
Director, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Science Education
Department of Astrophysics
Harvard University
Title: “What Pays Off: Strategies for Optimal Science Learning from Middle School to College”

Click here to watch a videostream of Dr. Sadler’s lecture.

September 19, 2007
Shirley Malcom, Ph.D.
Head, Directorate of Education
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Title: “Part of the Solution or Part of the Problem? The Challenge for Colleges and Universities in Transforming Science Education”

Scied Lunch Bunch Meetings

A series of gatherings over lunch enable Duke faculty, students, and staff to learn about ongoing science education activities at Duke and discuss collaborative ventures.

Upcoming Meetings


Past Meetings

“Help with Hosting a High School Student in Your Lab”

“Science Education Connections for Faculty and Students:  Duke and the Museum of Life and Science”
Ken Lyle, PhD, Chemistry Instructor
Troy M Livingston, Vice President for Innovation and Learning, Museum of Life and Science, Durham
Pamela Blizzard, Executive Director, Contemporary Science Center

“How to Become Funded for Science Education:  Outreach, Curriculum Develoment, Research”
Gary Ybarra, PhD, Engineering K-PhD Director
Rochelle Schwartz-Bloom, PhD, Director of Duke Center for Science Edcuation

“Where to Find Funding for Science Education:  Outreach, Curriculum Development, Research”
Rochelle Schwartz-Bloom, Director of Duke Center for Science Education

“What Makes a Good Science Question?”
David Stein, Office of Community Outreach