Celebrating the Life of Science at the S. Jhumki Basu STEME Education and Research Center

In Feburary, the Steinhardt School celebrated the opening of the S. Jhumki Basu STEME Education and Research Center with a ribbon-cuttng ceremony and science expo.  The S. Jhumki Basu STEME Education and Research Center is a 6,000 square foot technology-rich environment that serves as a classroom, research laboratory, and collaborative space for STEME educators at all phases of their careers.

The center is named in honor of Srevashi Jhumki Basu, a member of NYU Steinhardt’s science education faculty who died in 2008 at the age of 31 after a courageous struggle with breast cancer.  It is a gift from Radha and Dipak Basu in memory of their daughter.

S. Jhumki Basu’s vision that the best and most advanced science education should be available to all children is the hallmark of the center that aims to engage New York City public school partners, community organizations, and programs in education that are committed to changing students’ lives through STEME education.

The STEME Education and Research Center at NYU Steinhardt was supported by a $2.2 million gift from the Jhumki Basu Foundation and additional gifts from Cisco, Charlotte Frank, and Kaplow Communications.

Cutting the ribbon (from left to right):  NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering Dean, K.R. Sreenivasan, Steinhardt Dean Mary Brabeck, President John Sexton, Radha and Dipak Basu. Credit, Creighton.

Photo (above):   At the science expo Layla Quinones, Luke Rosnick, Michael DeBois and Professor Okhee Lee (left to right) study the nature of light.  Credit, Debra Weinstein.