Science Educator Jhumki Basu (1977-2008) To Be Honored at Science Ed Innovators Conference

The legacy of Sreyashi Jhumki Basu, a former associate professor in Steinhardt’s Department of Teaching and Learning, will be celebrated at the first annual Sci Ed Innovators Conference on Sunday January 24, 2010. Basu died of breast cancer in 2008.

The Sci Ed Innovators Conference will explore how Basu’s visionary ideas can help transform science teaching and learning in urban public schools.

Jhumki, as she was known to friends and colleagues, has been called a ‘beacon for social justice in science education.’ During her brief career, she studied youth agency and democratic practice in science education and conducted research on access and equity for urban minority youth in science. She received awards from the Petrie Foundation, the American Education Research Association (AERA), and was a recipient of a Knowles Young Scholar fellowship.

Jhumki earned a doctorate in science education at Teachers College, Columbia University in 2006. At the New York City Department of Education’s School for Democracy and Leadership, she served as acting assistant principal, science department chair, and a mentor for new teachers. A passionate teacher of science education, Jhumki inspired her students to study hard and stay the difficult course to academic achievement.

“Central to my work is the belief that a diversity of youth should gain expertise in scientific knowledge and learn to think logically, investigate original question and innovate in ways that fulfill needs in their lives, community and the world,” Jhumki wrote.

The Sci Ed Innovators Conference is sponsored by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, Jhumki Basu Foundation, Ashoka, Nasa, New York Hall of Science and Cisco.

Admission to the conference is free. Registration is required.

Photo: Jhumki Basu