Conference Highlights: Transforming STEM Education 2015
Thursday, November 12, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Kelly Mack, Vice President for STEM Education and Executive Director, Project Kaleidoscope—AAC&U
Understanding Complexity: Diversity Matters
Scott E. Page, Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems Political Science and Economics—University of Michigan, and External Faculty—Santa Fe Institute
Diversity is essential to a quality learning environment and the cognitive- and identity-based diversity of students—and educators can and should influence the design of teaching and learning experiences. However, the multiple mechanisms through which these forms of diversity operate and what these mechanisms imply—for higher education in general and STEM in particular—raise interesting questions. Dr. Page will share insights from research and scholarship on complex systems and on the functional contributions of both forms of diversity within the academy. He will discuss the potential for more inclusive and equity-minded frameworks to transforming STEM education.
Thursday, November 12, 8:15 – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, November 13, 7:30 – 8:00 a.m.
Friday, November 13, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Friday, November 13, 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Meta-analysis Perspectives on Interdisciplinary and Applied Learning
Erika T. Camacho, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Natural Sciences—Arizona State University
Preparing all students to address the social, environmental, health, and geopolitical issues of their time requires multifaceted understandings in STEM fields and their relationships with the humanities. One cannot address public health or climate change without deep knowledge in science, economics, social justice, geography, history, and current political structures. And addressing these issues also requires a STEM literate public able to make wise personal, professional, and civic-minded decisions with agency for the common good. Dr. Camacho will explore the ways in which interdisciplinary and applied learning are helping educators and students make the connections necessary to address complex problems, with particular emphasis on advancing STEM learning for underrepresented students.
Friday, November 13, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Friday, November 13, 11:45 a.m.– 1:45 p.m.
LEAP Challenge Forum Luncheon
Preparing Students to Create Solutions for Our Future
In 2015, AAC&U is launching the LEAP Challenge—the next stage in AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise initiative designed to prepare students to do Signature Work—integrating and applying their learning to the unscripted challenges of our fast-changing global society. This forum will showcase students’ stories about the kinds of learning in college that matter to them and examine how institutions can foster programmatic, integrative, and scaffolded approaches to problem-based learning for all students. It is part of AAC&U’s Centennial Year focus on quality, equity, and inclusive excellence in American higher education. Justin T. Fermann, Lecturer in Chemistry and iCons Program and student—University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and Kathleen F. Weaver, Director La Verne Experience and Associate Professor of Biology and students—University of La Verne
AAC&U gratefully acknowledges the foundations that have provided support for our Centennial Year dialogues about Liberal Education, Global Flourishing, and the Equity Imperative, and about The LEAP Challenge—Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Charles Engelhard Foundation, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Lumina Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and The Teagle Foundation.
Friday, November 13, 2:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Friday, November 13, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Bullitt Center Tour
The Bullitt Center, now recognized as “the greenest commercial building in the world” is recipient of the Living Building certification—the most challenging benchmark of sustainability in the built environment. In 2014, the Bullitt Center produced 60 percent more energy from solar panels on its roof than it used, largely due to efficiencies that exceeded expectations, making it the most energy efficient office building in the United States and possibly the world. We are pleased to offer tours of the Center thanks to Seattle University’s Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability, which is housed at the Bullitt Center. The Center’s mission is to support interdisciplinary scholarship, teaching, and learning in environmental justice and sustainability. Visit their website at www.seattleu.edu/cejs.
Friday, November 13, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Poster Sessions and Reception
Saturday, November 14, 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, November 14, 8:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Saturday, November 14, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Examining the Intersections of Equity, Diversity, Community Engagement, and STEM Education
Nancy Cantor, Chancellor of Rutgers University–Newark
Building campus cultures of equity, inclusion, and engagement are essential for equipping today’s students with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully address the increasingly complex challenges of our global society. Dr. Cantor will share insights, strategies, and practices emanating from her work on “Realizing STEM Equity and Diversity through Higher Education-Community Engagement” (co-authored with Ira Harkavy and Myra Burnett), as well as from her years of experience and leadership in reframing the public mission of higher education.