New York University President John Sexton and Dean Mary Brabeck introduce the 2011 Sci Ed Innovators Conference featuring a keynote address and book signing by Dr. Jane Goodall.
The annual event, brings together science teachers, researchers, students, policy makers, corporations and foundations to share innovative teaching methods for underserved schools. Dr. Goodall's lecture will be accompanied by a multi-faceted New York Area Schools Science Expo showcasing Sci Ed Fellows' projects, many inspired by Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots, the Jane Goodall Institute's global environmental and humanitarian youth program.
Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, is considered the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees. She has worked extensively on behalf of conservation and animal welfare issues. Dr. Goodall writes: "It is easy to be overwhelmed by feelings of hopelessness a we look around the world. We are losing species at a terrible rate, the balance of nature is disturbed, and we are destroying our beautiful planet. But in spite of all this I do have hope. And my hope is based on four factors: the human brain, the indomitable human spirit, the resilience of nature, and the determination of young people."
Jane Goodall was a lifetime hero of NYU Professor Jhumki Basu, a dedicated teacher and science educator, who worked passionately to create paths through science for neglected and disadvantaged students. Jhumki Basu Foundation is proud to work with Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots to make positive change happen—for communities, animals and the environment—through science projects undertaken by Sci-Ed Fellows and their school students.
Co-presented by the Jane Goodall Institute, Roots & Shoots, the Jhumki Basu Foundation and NYU Steinhard School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.