VIRGINIA TECH Science Festival - Science is bigger than you think! - Saturday, November 4, 2017
Science is bigger than you think!
Saturday, Nov 4, 2017

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4:00-5:30 PM
Nutshell Games: Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, Moss Arts Center

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Some times you feel like a nut! The Center for Communicating Science at Virginia Tech will present the 2nd Annual Nutshell Games, a contest in which graduate students have a mere 90 seconds to explain their research. The event will be held in the Anne and Ellen Fife Performance Hall at the Moss Art Center from 4 pm to 5:30 pm on November 4, 2017 in conjunction with the Virginia Tech Science Festival. The Center for Communicating Science will award $500 prizes to the three graduate researchers who explain their work most clearly as determined by a panel of esteemed judges.

Calls for participation in the Nutshell Games will be announced to all graduate students in late September. The first 30 people to sign up will compete. All participants and others who may be interested will be invited to participate in a preparatory workshop in late October.

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7:00 PM
An Evening with Christopher Emdin: STEM Education and Empowerment for the Rest of Y'all: Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, Moss Arts Center

photo of Christopher Emdin Dr. Christopher Emdin will speak at a free, public presentation at 7:00 PM on Saturday, November 4 in the Anne and Ellen Fife Performance Hall at the Moss Arts Center.

Dr. Christopher Emdin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University; where he also serves as Director of Science Education at the Center for Health Equity and Urban Science Education. He is also the Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is an alumni fellow at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University, and currently serves as Minorities in Energy Ambassador for the U.S. Department of Energy and the STEAM Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State.

Dr. Emdin is a social critic, public intellectual and science advocate whose commentary on issues of race, culture, inequality and education have appeared in dozens of influential periodicals including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.

Dr. Emdin holds a Ph.D in Urban Education with a concentration in Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Masters degrees in both Natural Sciences and Education Administration, and Bachelors degrees in Physical Anthropology, Biology, and Chemistry.

He is the creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement, and a much sought-after public speaker on a number of topics that include hip-hop education, STEM education, politics, race, class, diversity, and youth empowerment. He is also an advisor to numerous international organizations, school districts, and schools where he delivers speeches, and holds workshops/ professional development sessions for students, teachers, policy makers, and other education stakeholders within the public and private sector.

Dr. Emdin provides regular commentary on Al Jazeera and the Huffington Post; where he writes the Emdin 5 series. He is the author of the award winning book, Urban Science Education for the Hip-hop Generation and For White Folks Who Teach In the Hood and the Rest of Y'all Too, which is currently on the New York Times best sellers list.

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