Professor Tyrone B. Hayes of UC Berkeley met with 84 fifth graders of the Harding University Partnership School on Friday, October 8, answering their questions about his life as a scientist and telling them about his life as a first-generation college student. All the fifth graders had read the award-winning book The Frog Scientist written by Pamela S. Turner that chronicles his life and his work in the field and in the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley. Students were clearly impressed meeting this prestigious scholar who ended the hour long conversation by offering the students his email address and asking them not only to send him further questions, but to email him for a position in his lab if they attended Cal. Several students instantly chimed out that they wanted to go to Berkeley.
“Growing up in South Carolina, Tyrone Hayes loved frogs,” claims the Chicago Tribune in its review of The Frog Scientist. “He hasn't stopped, not at Harvard University and Berkeley and not in his work, in the field and at the Berkeley lab, studying the environmental factors affecting frogs. His story as told here is compelling, because the text shows you Tyrone the person – his high-school prom picture, his children and students in the field with him – and Tyrone the scientific explorer of certain pesticides and their effects. This book shows being a scientist as a way of living your life, and that life seems accessible and attractive. And then there are the photographs of the frogs. Great text, great pictures.”
The Harding University Partnership School is a place of joy, excellence, and international focus. Of particular distinction for the neighborhood is the University School’s new status as a candidate for the International Baccalaureate Program, making it the only Santa Barbara elementary school currently pursuing this highly acclaimed approach that emphasizes 21st century skills and international mindedness. The stellar teaching staff is assisted by graduate level teacher candidates from UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School, providing greater support for students at every grade level with the latest research-based practices. Faculty researchers and UCSB undergraduate tutors partner with teachers to deliver the latest evidence-based instruction.
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