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Vol. LXIV, No. 19
September 14, 2012

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OSE Hosts New Science Education Series

The Office of Science Education is hosting a new seminar series about science education—the NIH Science Education Conversations Series. It will include topics ranging from how to help your child navigate the school system to how to implement findings from research about the science of education. Each discussion will be held in Bldg. 50, Rm. 1328/1334 at 3 p.m.

OSE director Dr. Bruce Fuchs was inspired to organize these seminars by the 5-year strategic plan for science education currently being drafted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. “This is a way to let the NIH community know what is happening with the plan and how different agencies are moving forward,” he said. “We plan to tap into other agencies such as NASA and NSF, as well as various think tanks and universities, to get their perspectives on how to reform science education.”

Dr. Kathy Mann Koepke, a program officer in the Child Development and Behavior Branch, NICHD, serves on the planning committee for the series because she wanted to increase collaboration within NIH on science and math education research. “It is my hope that the seminar will bring together people with similar interests from different areas,” she said. “Program officers have a big responsibility to fill gaps in the science and this is one way to help move that forward.”

She also hopes to increase awareness of the learning and reasoning research conducted at NIH. “Few people realize how important math and science cognition are to health, well-being and daily life,” Mann Koepke said. “I hope the public will come to recognize NIH as a leader in this field.”

The first four speakers have been selected.

On Sept. 27, Rodger Bybee, director emeritus of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, will discuss “Thinking Differently about How We Teach Science: Why Should NIH Care, and What Can NIH Do?”

On Oct. 25, Justin Halberda, associate professor in the department of psychological and brain sciences at Johns Hopkins University, will discuss “Basic Cognition for Numbers: Potential Impacts in the Science Classroom.”

On Nov. 29, Shirley Malcom, head of education and human resources at AAAS, will discuss “Bringing Underrepresented Populations into the Sciences: What Difference Does Difference Make?”

On Dec. 20, Daniel M. Levin, visiting assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of Maryland, will discuss “Attending to Student Thinking in Science: Becoming a Responsive Teacher.”

Additional dates in the series are: Jan. 17, Feb. 28, Mar. 28, Apr. 25 and May 23. For more information, visit

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