Ann Reid, an advocate for science in schools, will speak at the twenty-fourth annual Steele Lecture Series on March 31 at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health.
This public lecture, “Science class is for science, right? Think again,” by Reid begins at noon in the first-floor auditorium of UTHealth School of Public Health’s Reuel A. Stallones Building, 1200 Pressler Street, 77030. Tickets are not required. Reid is the executive director of the National Center for Science Education in Oakland, California, where she focuses on developing new programs to help science teachers cover the societally controversial topics of evolution and climate change.
The James H. Steele Lecture was established in 1992 in recognition of a lifetime of work carried out by Dr. James H. Steele, “the father of veterinary public health,” and a professor emeritus of the School of Public Health until his death in 2013 at age 100. Previous Steele lecturers represent a “Who’s Who” of public health leaders, including a Nobel Prize Winner and past and current directors of major federal and international programs.
Reid, this year’s speaker, forged molecular biology techniques to reveal the full genetic sequence of the 1918 influenza virus, providing critical insight into the disease. Later in her career, she brought advances in microbiology to the general public through a series of reports she originated as a senior program officer at the National Research Council’s Board on Life Science and director of the American Academy of Microbiology.
In 2014, Reid became executive director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), an organization that has defended the teaching of evolution in public schools for more than 30 years. Five years ago, the organization added climate change to its mission. Under Reid’s leadership, the NCSE recently carried out a national representative survey of middle and high school teachers to learn whether and how they are covering climate change in their classrooms.
The lecture follows the school’s Student Research Day 2016, which takes place from 9-11:45 a.m. in the Reuel A. Stallones Building lobby. Research Day is an opportunity for students from all six UTHealth schools to showcase ongoing projects in their respective degree programs. During the event, students will receive valuable feedback from a judging panel. A cash prize will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners. Winners will be announced after the Steele Lecture.