UC Santa Barbara presents Dr. Sean Carroll, prominent development biologist, giving the free public lecture “Storytelling and Science Education: A Yarn for Darwin’s Birthday.” This talk, the Second Annual SciTrek Lecture on Science Education, will be held in UCSB Chemistry 1179 at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, February 12. A reception for Dr. Carroll will follow immediately after the talk and a Q&A session. Although the lecture and reception are free, the organizers request an RSVP to help for event planning. Please do so at: https://csep.cnsi.ucsb.edu/forms/RSVP/SciTrek2013.php.
Sean B. Carroll is an award-winning scientist, author, and educator. He is currently Vice President for Science Education of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the largest private supporter of science education activities in the US, and Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Wisconsin. His research has centered on the genes that control animal body patterns and play major roles in the evolution of animal diversity. Major discoveries from his laboratory have been featured in TIME, US News & World Report, The New York Times, Discover, and Natural History. He is the author of best-selling books (including Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species and Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The Science of Evo Devo), and writes a monthly column for The New York Times (“Remarkable Creatures”).
SciTrek is dedicated to allowing K-12 students to experience the scientific process first hand. SciTrek partners with local schools and organizations to present inquiry based modules that not only emphasize the process of science but also specific grade level standards. Each module allows students to design and carryout an experiment. Providing students with the opportunity to not only learn scientific facts but also experience the scientific method allows students to understand how scientists use evidence-based explanations to explain the world around them. In addition to providing programming for K-12 students, SciTrek strives to demonstrate the importance of inquiry-based lessons in science curriculum to teachers, practicing teachers, and teachers in training.
Dr. Sean Carroll is presented by SciTrek, The Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, and the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry with generous support from the Office of the Chancellor.