LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The National STEM Scholar Program announced today that Dr. Eric Mazur, internationally sought after speaker and thought leader in education, will be the Mary Nixon Speaker for its 2017 class. Dr. Mazur will speak June 7th at Western Kentucky University (WKU) in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
An international leader in innovative practices in higher education, Dr. Mazur pioneered Peer Instruction, an evidence-based, interactive teaching method he popularized at Harvard in the early 1990s and is now practiced globally across multiple academic disciplines. Peer Instruction is a student-centered approach to teaching that flips the traditional classroom and transfer of information for retention and deeper learning. His teaching methods have garnered a large national and international following.
Dr. Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University, the first recipient of the $500,000 Minerva Prize for Advancements in Higher Education, the author of several books and the author or co-author of nearly 300 scientific publications.
Dr. Mazur’s topic, “Assessment: The Silent Killer of Learning,” will explore how assessment fails to focus on skills relevant to life in the 21st century. He notes that “Unless we rethink our approach to assessment, it will be very difficult to produce meaningful change in education.”
His talk will begin at 6:00pm CDT in the Russell Miller Theatre of the Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center at WKU. This is a free event and open to the public but registration is required as seats are limited. Please register here.
The National STEM Scholar program annually selects 10 middle school science teachers from across the country to participate in a week-long advanced development program. Created in partnership between the National Stem Cell Foundation and The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at WKU, the National STEM Scholar program focuses on “training the trainers,” with the long-term goal of inspiring the next generation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) students nationwide.
According to Dr. Paula Grisanti, National Stem Cell Foundation Chairman, “Dr. Mazur’s proven Peer Instruction teaching method has transformed classrooms around the world for decades by using interaction to increase student engagement. His beliefs about interactive teaching, educational technology and assessment tools continue to inspire teachers to rethink their approach to teaching, making him a great fit for the National STEM Scholar program. We also are delighted to open his remarks to the public as we welcome such a world-renowned expert to Kentucky.”
About the National Stem Cell Foundation
The National Stem Cell Foundation (NSCF) is a charitable 501(c)3 organization that funds adult stem cell and regenerative medicine research to accelerate treatment options, advocates for patients participating in clinical trials and supports STEM education to inspire the next generation of researchers and scientists nationwide. For more information, visit www.nationalstemcellfoundation.org.