Science Education: Linking Science and Society

Department of Teaching and Learning

Program in Science Education



The 2011 Sci-Ed Innovators Expo and Symposium 

3:30 PM - Doors Open for Science Expo Registration

4:00 PM - Science Expo
with a special welcome by New York City Schools Deputy Chancellor Shael Polakow-Suranksy

5:00 PM - Doors Open for Symposium Keynote Address

5:30 PM - Symposium Begins
featuring Jane Goodall, with special guests President John Sexton, and Dean Mary Brabeck

7:30 PM - Booksigning with Jane Goodall

About the Event

Sponsored by New York University and Jhumki Basu Foundation, this 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-facted 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 as 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.

About the Jane Goodall Institute

Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr. Goodall's pioneering research on chimpanzee behavior-research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian youth program, which has groups in more than 120 countries. For more information, please visit

About Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

Founded in 1991 by Dr. Jane Goodall and a group of Tanzanian students, the Roots & Shoots program is about making positive change happen-for our communities, for animals and for the environment. With hundreds of thousands of young people in more than 120 countries, the Roots & Shoots network connects youth of all ages who share a desire to create a better world. Young people identify problems in their communities and take action. Through service projects, youth-led campaigns and an interactive website, Roots & Shoots members are making a difference across the globe. For more information, please visit

About the Jhumki Basu Foundation

The objective of the Jhumki Basu Foundation is to discover, nurture and spread innovative and sustainable programs to carry on the vision of Dr. Jhumki Basu of democratizing science education for underserved youth. JBF sponsors the Sci-Ed Fellows program, the annual Sci-Ed Innovators Conference at New York University, the annual Science & Adventure Lecture Series at Stanford University, the Science Bridge program at Castilleja School, and provides a forum for researchers and teachers to collaborate on innovative science teaching methods for urban and minority youth. For more information, please visit

About NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

NYU Steinhardt advances knowledge, creativity, and innovation at the crossroads of human learning, culture, development and well-being. Through rigorous research and education, both within and across disciplines, the school's faculty and students evaluate and redefine processes, practices, and policies in their respective fields, and lead in an ever-changing world from a global as well as community perspective. For more information please visit

List of participating Schools and Organizations
Forthcoming - check back soon for details!