STEM topic at William Thomas Jackson Lecture

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Reforming undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) will be the topic of the 58th annual William Thomas Jackson Lecture in Science at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Cerf Center at Eureka College.

 The free presentation titled “Academically Engaged: Producing the Next Generation of Scientists” will be given by Mary Crowe, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and president-elect of the Council of Undergraduate Research.

Mixing in personal anecdotes, Crowe will provide an overview of what works in undergraduate STEM education, discuss why reform has yet to be widely adopted, and the impact inaction will have on producing the next generation of scientists.

Crowe also will speak to science classes about the importance of, and how to, become an undergraduate researcher. She will meet with faculty to discuss integrating teaching and research within the classroom.

Crowe received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Eureka College and a doctorate in biology from Northern Illinois University. Her biological research is at the intersection of biology and mathematics, using game theory to predict the stealing behavior in dung beetles. She also researches how undergraduate research experiences impact student learning, retention and career planning.

 The Jackson Lecture was established to honor the late William Thomas Jackson, an alumnus of Eureka College who taught chemistry at the college for 36 years.

For more information, contact Eureka College assistant professor of environmental studies Renée Mullen at 467-6460.