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2011 News Releases

Simkins Lecture to address inspiring the next generation of scientists

October 3, 2011

Simkins Large Dr. Steven Farber

Dr. Steven Farber of the Carnegie Institution of Science will present Longwood's annual Simkins Lecture on Monday, October 24 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Blackwell Hall. Dr. Farber will address "How Science Outreach Impacts Urban Science Education: Project BioEYES inspires the next generation of scientist."

Project BioEYES is a K-12 science education program which provides classroom-based learning opportunities through the use of live zebrafish. Project BioEYES is designed to incorporate teacher empowerment and provides professional development seminars and a co-teaching experience with trained university science consultants, called Outreach Educators.

The Carnegie Institution for Science, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is an endowed, independent, nonprofit institution. Carnegie investigators are leaders in the fields of plant biology, developmental biology, Earth and planetary sciences, astronomy, and global ecology. They seek answers to questions about the structure of the universe, the formation of our solar system and other planetary systems, the behavior and transformation of matter when subjected to extreme conditions, the origin of life, the function of genes, and the development of organisms from single-celled egg to adult.

The Simkins Lecture Series was established in 1979 to honor Dr. Francis Butler Simkins, a historian who was one of Longwood's most eminent faculty members. Except for brief periods elsewhere, Simkins, a specialist in Southern history, taught at Longwood from 1928 until his death in 1966.