‘Science for Everyone’ Presentation Today to Launch Education Innovation Center in College of Natural Sciences

Colorado State University’s College of Natural Sciences will host Paul Doherty, a renowned scientist and physicist from the Exploratorium Teacher Institute in San Francisco, in a lecture today as part of a series of presentations to celebrate the launch a revamped college center.

The presentation will be in room B302 of the Natural and Environmental Sciences Building from 4-5:30 p.m. today.

The presentation, called “Science for Everyone,” is part of a series to launch the College of Natural Science’s Education Innovation Center (CNS EIC), formerly the Center for Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education or CSMATE. The education and outreach program at CSU is dedicated to finding new ways to promote science creativity and innovation – attributes that are essential for global competitiveness in the 21st century.

Doherty is a senior staff physicist and co-director at the Exploratorium Teacher Institute, a “museum of science, art and human perception,” where he teaches high school science teachers to make science class more relevant and interesting. He also is a visiting scientist at the biggest science center in Sweden and an adjunct professor of physics at San Francisco State University.

Doherty’s keynote address will be held in conjunction with a series of other events that will be held from Oct. 4-13. For a complete listing of these events, go to http://www.cns-eic.colostate.edu/events.html.

Doherty received his bachelor’s from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1970 and his doctoral degree in solid-state physics in 1974. He is a tenured professor of physics at Oakland University and has taught a wide range of science courses including physics, astronomy, geology, electronics, computer programming, and meteorology.

He has written more than a dozen books, including Explorabook, which has sold more than a million copies. In 2006, he created “The Splo,” a virtual science museum in the virtual world of Second Life, which in 2008 was chosen as one of the top 10 education sites in virtual worlds.

His many awards include Administrator of the Year in 1999, awarded by the California Science Education Advisory Council; the Distinguished Teacher Award in 2003, awarded by the American Association of Physics Teachers; and the Faraday Award in 2003, awarded by the National Science Teachers Association.

The CNS EIC serves both CSU and K-12 students and faculty through a wide variety of programs. The programs are aimed towards increasing the quality, quantity, and diversity of students in the STEM disciplines.