Lunch with Dr. Chris Impey

Lunch talk with Dr. Chris Impey: The Vexing Problem of Science Literacy

What makes someone scientifically literate? Educators, scientists and policy makers don't agree on what the average citizen needs to know about science to function in modern society. Data from a 22-year study of UA undergraduates will be presented, showing a very loose connection between science knowledge and belief systems. The results are a challenge to educators who want to improve the retention and understanding of science.

Chris Impey is a University Distinguished Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Astronomy at the University of Arizona, in charge of academic programs. He was also one of the first UA/NASA Space Grant Program Associate Directors from 1990-1995 (yay, Chris)!  His research is on observational cosmology, gravitational lensing, and the evolution and structure of galaxies. He has over 160 refereed publications and 60 conference proceedings, and his work has been supported by $20 million in grants from NASA and the NSF. As a professor, he has won eleven teaching awards, and beyond the UA he teaches audiences ranging from NASA engineers to Buddhist monks in India.
Poll Close Deadline: 
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 14:45
Poll Status: 
Closed