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Feb. 13, 2007

Helen Quinn, Renowned Physicist, Will Speak On Science Education Feb. 26

Helen Quinn, professor and faculty chair at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) operated by Stanford University, past president of the American Physical Society and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, will speak on the subject of science education at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall, Linn St. and Iowa Ave., on the University of Iowa campus.

The free public talk is titled, "Shortchanging Our Children: What Is, and What Could Be (A Study of Science Education in the Early Grades)." In part, Quinn plans to discuss the findings of a National Academy of Sciences study she participated in concerning cognitive development, learning and elementary science education. The lecture will be preceded by a 7:30 p.m. reception.

Born in Australia, Quinn earned her bachelor's degree in 1964 and her doctorate in theoretical particle physics in 1967 from Stanford University. She served as a guest scientist at the DESY laboratory in Hamburg, Germany, where her husband worked in experimental particle physics. Arriving at Harvard University in 1971 as an honorary research fellow, she later earned appointments as assistant professor and associate professor in 1972 and 1976, respectively. In 1977, she joined SLAC as a visiting scientist and became a permanent staff member in 1979. In 2003 she was appointed to full professor at SLAC, where she currently serves as faculty chair.

She is the co-inventor of the Pecci-Quinn Theory (1977), which explains how the matter-antimatter asymmetry observed in nature is so very small. Her honors include: Sloan Fellow, 1974-1978; Fellow of the American Physical Society, 1986; Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1998; Dirac Medal, 2000; Honorary Doctor of Sciences, Notre Dame University, 2002; Member, National Academy of Sciences, 2003; President of the American Physical Society, 2004.

Her talk is sponsored by the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the University of Iowa Lecture Committee, and Women in Science and Engineering.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. People requiring an accommodation in order to participate in this program are asked to contact in advance the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Physics and Astronomy at 319-335-1688.

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