Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist to Speak at Rensselaer Nov. 20
Leon Lederman to Discuss Pre-College Science
Troy, N.Y. — Leon Lederman, Nobel Prize-winner and
internationally renowned particle physicist, will offer some
radical ideas for improving pre-college science education when
he delivers the annual Robert Resnick Lecture Wednesday, Nov.
20 from 4 to 5 p.m. in room 3303 of Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute’s Russell Sage Laboratory.
The talk, titled “A Vision of 21st Century Science Education,”
is free and open to the public.
“It is well known that U.S. high schools teach the
disciplinary sciences as independent, disconnected courses, and
use a sequence installed in 1893,” said Lederman. “Our
curricula are a mile wide and an inch thick, and reflect
neither the scientific revolutions of the 20th century nor the
new demands that society makes of the 21st century high school
graduate.” During his lecture, Lederman will “propose radical
changes [to U.S. curricula] that are designed to produce a
science-literate general public, and argue the urgent need for
such an educational revolution.”
Lederman currently serves as director emeritus of Fermi
National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), resident scholar
for the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, and Pritzker
Professor of Science at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Previously, Lederman served as director of the Fermilab and
held various faculty positions at Columbia University. Perhaps
most notably, he was the director of Nevis Laboratories,
Columbia’s center for experimental research in high-energy
He has received numerous awards, including the National Medal
of Science, the Elliot Cresson Medal of the Franklin Institute,
the Wolf Prize in Physics, the Nobel Prize in Physics, and the
Enrico Fermi Prize.
The lecture series is named in honor of Robert Resnick,
professor emeritus of physics and the Edward P. Hamilton
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Science Education at
Rensselaer. Resnick, who wrote the premier text series for
undergraduate physics, authored or co-authored seven textbooks
still used throughout the world.
Contact: Caroline Jenkins
Phone: (518) 276-6531