2012 Dr. Garrison Cottrell
Director, Computer Science and Engineering
Director, Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center
University of California, San Diego
Professor of Physics, West Virginia University
2010 Dr. Tyrone Hayes
Professor of Developmental Endocrinology, University of California, Berkeley
2009 Dr. Eric J. Heller
Professor of Physics and Chemistry, Harvard University
2008 John Noble Wilford
Science News Reporter, New York Times
2007 Dr. Alan Dale Poling
Professor of Psychology, Western Michigan University
2006 Dr. L. Dennis Smith
Former President, University of Nebraska (1994-2004)
2005 Dr. Robert Devaney
Professor of Mathematics, Boston University
2004 Dr. Ursula Goodenough
Professor of Biology, Washington University
2003 Dr. Isabel Hawkins
Director, Center for Science Education, University of California
Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory
2002 Dr. Dudley R. Herschbach
Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 1986
Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science, Harvard University
2001 Dr. Francisco Ayala
Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences and Professor of
Philosophy, University of California, Irvine
1999 Dr. Rodger W. Bybee
Executive Director, Center for Science, Mathematics, and
Engineering Education, National Research Council
1997 Dr. Lillian C. McDermott
Professor of Physics, University of Washington
1996 Dr. Uri Treisman
Director, Charles A. Dana Center, University of Texas at Austin
1995 Dr. Leon M. Lederman
Nobel Prize in Physics for 1988
Director Emeritus, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
2012- Garrison W. Cottrell
|2011 - Dr. Diandra Leslie-Pelecky |
A group of racecars piloted by the best drivers in NASCAR are turning a corner. Without warning, one of the cars suddenly hits the outside wall. There were no engine failures, no flat tires, and none of the cars touched …so what happened? Physics professor and author of The Physics of NASCAR, Diandra Leslie-Pelecky details what it takes to make racecars faster and safer, and why driving a stock car is much harder than you might think. ...more
|2010 - Tyrone Hayes|
The nighttime symphony of croaking frogs and toads is becoming a thing of the past and Tyrone Hayes, an internationally recognized biologist, knows why. His research on atrazine, a widely used pesticide found in groundwater, local streams, and ponds, has revealed that the product is a potent endocrine disrupter that chemically castrates and feminizes exposed male amphibians. Atrazine also causes neural damage and hyperactivity and induces a hormonal stress response that leads to retarded growth and immune suppression, resulting in increased disease and mortality rates ...more
|2009 - Dr. Eric J. Heller|
Heller has made groundbreaking theoretical contributions in quantum dynamics, spectroscopy, semiclassical approximations, and condensed matter physics. He is perhaps best known for his seminal work on the time-domain wavepacket approach to molecular spectroscopy, and on the quantum mechanics of classically chaotic systems. More recently Heller has used his deep understanding of quantum mechanics to explain fascinating coherence effects in quantum corrals and quantum dots, as well as the beautiful "branched and fringed electron flow" in semiconductor heterostructures, discovered experimentally by Bob Westervelt's group at Harvard.
Since joining the New York Times as a science news reporter in 1965, Wilford has committed to sharing this informed wonder with his readers. As a journalist, he has covered cutting-edge technology and scientific breakthroughs, including space exploration, but also has witnessed the tragic consequences of such endeavors, like the Challenger space shuttle explosion. Throughout his career, Wilford has gained not only an appreciation for science and technology, but a curiosity.
Dr. Poling is a member of the behavior analysis program and director of the behavioral pharmacology laboratory at Western Michigan University. He has been a member of the WMU faculty in the Department of Psychology since 1977 and served as interim associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from February 2003-February 2004. His primary research interests are psychopharmacology and behavior analysis, and his work has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Education. He was named a WMU Distinguished Faculty Scholar in 1996. Poling earned his bachelor's degree from Alderson-Broaddus College in 1972, his master's degree from West Virginia University in 1974 and his doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota in 1977. Poling replaced Dr. Jay Wood, whose appointment as associate vice president for academic affairs was also approved by the board Feb. 27.
2006 - Dr. L. Dennis Smith
2005 - Dr. Robert Devaney
Professor of mathematics at Boston University and an expert in dynamical systems theory, Dr. Devaney received the Award for Distinguished University Teaching from the Northeastern section of the Mathematical Association of America in 1994. He produced the Mandelbrot Set Explorer, an online, interactive series of explorations designed to teach students at all levels about the mathematics behind the interesting images known as the Mandelbrot and Julia sets. In his lecture entitled "Chaos Games and Fractal Images" he described the beautiful images that arise from the “chaos game” and showed how the simple steps of this game produce the intricate images known as fractals. He also touched on the applications of this technique used in data compression as well as in Hollywood.
Dr. Ursula Goodenough is a renowned cell biologist, researcher and author who shared experiences of her travels in Tibet where she taught cell biology to exiled Tibetan monks that had no previous scientific education. Just prior to this, she had accepted an invitation to teach the Dalai Lama the principles of molecular evolution. She spoke of these experiences and how they resonated with her own deeply held beliefs about the relationship between spirituality and science. These experiences strengthened her conviction that the best way to teach science is through narrative - telling the science in story, a method she very effectively illustrated in this lecture.
Dr. Isabel Hawkins, Director of the Center for Science Education at the University of California, Berkley, Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL). Through examples of education and outreach programs with which she is actively involved, she shared her research experiences which ultimately led to a better understanding of the effects of the active sun, the sun-earth connection and "space weather".
Dr. Herschbach’s lecture was modeled around his reflections in teaching and learning science. He was a charismatic speaker who emphasized the critical role that individual teachers played in his education. Dr. Herschbach is renowned for his studies on energy redistribution and its exchange in chemical reactions.
Dr. Ayala, a world-renowned molecular geneticist and former priest, gave a fascinating talk to reveal how teachings in both evolution and religion can exist harmoniously. He is extremely emphatic about promoting the philosophical compatibility of scientific knowledge and methods and religious faith and has been described as the Renaissance man of evolutionary biology.
Dr. Bybee has been active in education for more than 30 years and has received awards for Leader of American Education and Outstanding Educator in America. Previously he served as principal investigator for several National Science Foundation (NSF) programs implemented in elementary, middle and high schools. His talk addressed how to effectively achieve scientific literacy and the challenges of content for the school curriculum.
Dr. McDermott is a recipient of the American Association of Physics Teachers’ Robert A. Millikan Lecture Award for “notable and creative contributions to the teaching of physics.” Under her direction, the Physics Education Group at the University of Washington conducted research on the learning and teaching of physics. In her lecture, she used examples from this research to illustrate the frequent mismatch between how science is taught and how students learn.
Dr. Treisman, a MacArthur Fellow and Dana Award winner gave a talk on how schools at all levels can create the conditions for mathematics and science excellence in diverse student populations. His talk grew out of the highly successful programs he developed to improve minority achievement in mathematics and the sciences and described the special role that faculty members play in these programs.
Dr. Leon Lederman was LTU's inaugural Walker Cisler lecturer in 1995. Although he was awarded the 1988 Nobel Prize for his work in physics, his talk was based on his pioneering work in reforming science education in the Chicago schools. He presented his vision of new ways to teach science to a rapt audience.