Jane Goodall by Vincent Calmell
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Jane Goodall in Conversation with Teachers

with Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & U.N. Messenger of Peace
Saturday, October 24, 2020
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Registration for this event is closed.

We invite Fellows of The Academy for Teachers to join Dr. Jane Goodall in a discussion of her work as a scientist and a teacher. 

Few people have changed the world as much as Jane Goodall. Her pioneering work with primates and their conservation has revolutionized our understanding of wild animals and how to protect them. She has also played a major role in bringing women into scientific professions. In this conversation, we will highlight her tireless work as an educator, which has been central to her success. 

In July 1960, Jane Goodall began her landmark study of chimpanzee behavior in what is now Tanzania. Her work at Gombe Stream would become the foundation of future primatological research and redefine the relationship between humans and animals. In 1977, she established the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues the Gombe research and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. The Institute is widely recognized for innovative, community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian youth program. 

Dr. Goodall founded Roots & Shoots with a group of Tanzanian students in 1991. Today, Roots & Shoots is active in more than 60 countries, and since its inception has greatly impacted participants of all ages in over 100 countries. 

For the past 30 years, Dr. Goodall has been speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises, and her reasons for hope that humankind will solve the problems it has imposed on the earth. 

Dr. Goodall’s honors include the French Legion of Honor, the Medal of Tanzania, and Japan’s prestigious Kyoto Prize. In 2002, Dr. Goodall was appointed to serve as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and in 2003, she was named a Dame of the British Empire. 

Fantastic Fungi film poster. Two mushrooms grow out of the ground. A snail sits atop the smaller one. Text on Image: "Fantastic Fungi" A film by Louie Schwartzberg "Imagine an organism that feeds you, heals you, reveals nature's mysteries, and could help save the"

Fantastic Fungi
Exclusive Screening
Q&A to follow with executive producers Marcina Hale & Stephen Apkon

Monday, October 26, 2020
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Registration is closed.

Fantastic Fungi is a mind-bending and thrillingly visual film. With commentary from mycologist Paul Stamets and best-selling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, and Andrew Weil, this film shows how fungi can play a role in solving an impressive array of medical, environmental, and psychological challenges. Education resources will be made available.

Stephen Apkon is an award-winning director, filmmaker, and social entrepreneur. He is the founder and former executive director of the Jacob Burns Film Center and directed and produced the film Disturbing the Peace. He was also the producer of Presenting Princess Shaw, I’m Carolyn Parker, Enlistment Days, Fantastic Fungi, and Planetary. He is the author of The Age of the Image: Redefining Literacy in a World of Screens, with a foreword by Martin Scorsese.

Marcina Hale holds degrees in psychotherapy and media and is trained in psychedelic therapy, She is a producer of several films including Planetary, Disturbing the Peace, and Fantastic Fungi. Her TEDx talk “Who Wants Out?” encapsulates the core of her work.  

Black and white photo of Dr. Max Liborion in front of a microscope

Anti-Colonial Science

with Dr. Max Liboiron
Monday, January 11, 2021 • Tuesday, January 12, 2021
5 p.m. – 6:15 p.m

Applications & nominations are now closed.

Anticolonial science questions and transforms underlying assumptions in Western science that stem from imperialism and mastery. Such assumptions are present throughout STEM, from the study of water cycles, to sample gathering, to data entry, and beyond. In this master class, we’ll identify colonial premises and explore how science can be practiced in a manner that foregrounds good land relations, humility, and gratitude.

This is a two-session master class. In the first session, teachers learn from the master. In the second, participants have a rare and valuable opportunity to exchange ideas with other brilliant teachers. Participants are assigned a small amount of homework to prepare for each session.

Dr. Max Liboiron is associate professor of geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She directs the Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research, which develops feminist and anti-colonial methodologies to study marine plastic pollution. Dr. Liboiron has played leading roles in the establishment of the field of Discard Studies (the social study of waste and wasting), the Global Open Science Hardware movement, and is a figure in Indigenous science and technology studies and justice-oriented science.

Virus Evolution

with Paul Turner
Thursday, December 10, • Thursday, December 17, 2020
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Applications & nominations are closed.

The current pandemic emphasizes the fact that viruses are always evolving and the importance of understanding how they are driven to emerge in new host species (such as humans). This class will explore virus evolution and the benefits of developing non-harmful viruses for use in disease therapy and other applications.

This is a two-session master class. In the first session, teachers learn from the master. In the second, participants have a rare and valuable opportunity to exchange ideas with other brilliant teachers. Participants are assigned a small amount of homework to prepare for each session.

Paul E. Turner, the Rachel Carson Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University, examines how viruses evolutionarily adapt to overcome new challenges. His laboratory uses an interdisciplinary approach to investigate these processes, employing techniques from microbiology, population genetics, genomics, molecular biology, and mathematical modeling. He was a member of the United States delegation at the joint USA-Russia Workshop on Infectious Disease held in Novosibirsk, Russia.

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