Science and Technology Week celebrates advancements in the field of science and technology, as well as the hardworking, dedicated students and professionals who make those advancements possible. Past keynote speakers include: television host and Chief Creative Officer at Liz Claiborne Inc. Tim Gunn, chef Charlie Trotter, television personality Bill Nye, theoretical physicist Brian Greene and more.
The College of Applied Science & Technology, along with Illinois State University is proud to host Jeff Corwin on April 20, 2011
Details: Monday, April 18, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.-Old Main Room, Bone Student Center
Speaker: Leonard Gianessi, Director, Crop Protection Research Institute
Leonard Gianessi has served as Director of the Crop Protection Research Institute since the Institute's creation in January, 2004. Prior to joining CPRI Leonard spent 10 years as a Senior Research Associate at the National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy and 14 years as a Fellow with Resources For the Future. During his tenure at NCFAP and RFF Mr. Gianessi became an expert on pesticide use and agricultural biotechnology for pest management.
Mr. Gianessi has been widely published on issues of pesticide policy, regulation, and use data and agricultural biotechnology and his pesticide use database, the National Pesticide Use Database, remains the only national, comprehensive, publicly available pesticide use database for the United States. Mr. Gianessi has testified before several U.S. House committees, the North Dakota Interim Agricultural Committee, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Gianessi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Affairs from George Washington University.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Agriculture and the Illinois Soybean Association.
Details: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. - Circus Room, Bone Student Center
Speaker: Jacqueline Schneider
Criminology is introduced as a potential partner in the protection and conservation of endangered flora and fauna. Until very recently, conservation was the primary vehicle through which endangered species were offered help. Criminology, through the focus on illegal market reduction, can help save those wild flora and fauna most at risk of extinction. After an introduction on how criminology can be utilized, the movie Sharkwater will be shown in order to illustrate how the actions of humans can create critical situations for sharks. A discussion will follow the movie.
Dr. Schneider is an associate professor and department chair of Criminal Justice Sciences at Illinois State University. Her work on stolen goods markets has been put forward as best practice in England and has attracted interest by policy makers in Chilé. In addition to her many other grants, she was the first recipient of the Home Office’s Innovative Research Challenge Grant (UK). Since 1990, Dr. Schneider has been teaching at universities in England and the United States where she received an outstanding teaching award. She has authored several academic papers and chapters in books. Her research areas are gangs, stolen goods markets and the illegal trade in endangered flora and fauna. Her book, "Sold into Extinction: The Global Trade in Endangered Species" is due out in 2011.
Co-Sponsored by Social Justice Registered Student Organization and the Department of Criminal Justice Sciences.
Details: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. - Braden Auditorium, Bone Student Center
Speaker: Jeff Corwin
Jeff Corwin has worked for the conservation of endangered species and ecosystems around the globe. He is the host of a variety of popular television shows, including Animal Planet's Jeff Corwin Experience, Giant Monsters, Realm of the Yeti, Corwin's Quest, Spring Watch USA, and King of the Jungle; Disney's Going Wild with Jeff Corwin; Investigation Earth with the Discovery Networks; NBC's Jeff Corwin Unleashed, which was nominated four times for an Emmy and won an Emmy for Outstanding Host; and the Travel Channel's Into Alaska and Into the American West. For the Discovery Health Channel Corwin hosted Pets and People, the Power of the Health Connection. His popular television series are seen in 120 countries worldwide. He also co-created and co-hosted CNN's Planet in Peril with Anderson Cooper in 2007.
In November 2008, Animal Planet premiered The Vanishing Frog. This powerful documentary highlights Corwin’s year long, global odyssey exploring the mass extinction of our planet’s important amphibian species. Men's Journal recognized Corwin as the world's greatest host of a natural history series. Most recently, Corwin was appointed a special correspondent on science and the environment for NBC News, where he reports extensively on the most pressing environmental issues of the day, including the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Corwin's book, Living on the Edge, Amazing Relationships in the Natural World, was published in 2004 and is now its 5th edition. At present, Corwin is working on his next creation, 100 Heartbeats. Both a Rodale book and MSNBC documentary, the mission of 100 Heartbeats is to investigate the plight of our planet's most endangered wildlife species along with the conservation heroes trying to save them. The publication and documentary will premier in November 2009. Through Puffin Books, Corwin is publishing a series of books for younger readers focusing on wildlife, ecology, and conservation under the brand of The Jeff Corwin Junior Explorer Series.
Corwin's wildlife and conservation work has been regularly featured on a variety of television programs and channels, including CNN, FOX, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS Morning Show, Ellen Degeneres, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brian, Regis and Kelly,CSI Miami, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Corwin made People Magazine's "Most Beautiful People" edition, and Entertainment Weekly’s "It List." Beyond wildlife and conservation, Corwin is a passionate explorer of human culture especially as it connects to regional cuisine that is produced in a sustainable manner. His interests in renewable and sustainable living, along with how food is often the glue that cements together a community and culture, are the themes of a recent Food Network special called Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corwin, which premiered as a Food Network primetime show in the fall of 2009.
A native of Massachusetts, Corwin has established an interactive museum and environmental education center called the EcoZone. Based in Norwell, Massachusetts, the goal of the EcoZone is to build awareness for the wildlife and ecology unique to the wetlands of southeastern Massachusetts. Corwin was named Ambassador of Climate Change and Endangered Species on behalf of the Defenders of Wildlife, one of the United States‘ most prominent conservation organizations. He has BS degrees in both biology and anthropology from Bridgewater State College, an MS in wildlife and fisheries conservation from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and an honorary doctorate in public education from Bridgewater State College. When not traveling the world, Corwin can be found at his home off the coast of Massachusetts, where he lives with his wife, Natasha, and two daughters, Maya Rose and Marina Faye.
Co- sponsored by College of Applied Science and Technology, ISU Milner Library, Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology (CeMaST), and Fell Trust.
Details: Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. - Old Main Room, Bone Student Center
Speaker: Andrew Hawkins
Andrew Hawkins suffers from pestis ultum curiositas – the curse of too many interests. Dr. Hawkins pursued his undergraduate physical education degree from Slippery Rock University where he, at various times, participated in four varsity sports. He pursued masters and doctoral degrees at The Ohio State University where he studied special physical education with Walter Ersing, behavior analysis with John Cooper and Daryl Siedentop, and developmental psychology with Henry Leland. He has been a professor at West Virginia University since 1980. His work at WVU have included stints as PETE Program Coordinator, Graduate Coordinator for the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, and Chair of the WVU Graduate Council.
His scholarly interests have run the gamut from empirical studies like behavior analysis of teachers and students, to conceptual issues like the impact of technology on teaching, the role of play in sport and physical education, and epistemological issues which impact the conduct and application of research. He pioneered the use of computer technology for the real-time collection and analysis of behavioral data. His seminal work on field systems analysis using computer-driven data collection synced with video records was one of the first to take a highly conceptual approach to behavior analysis identified with the philosophical work of J.R. Kantor and establish a feasible technology for analyzing naturalistic behavioral systems.
His work in technology, while making applications in both behavior analysis and in distance learning, has not been uniformly optimistic. Following Jacques Ellul, he has consistently warned of the human cost of technology and has argued for a measured, realistic approach for the use of technology in teaching and learning. In his philosophical work, he has promoted the epistemology of Michael Polanyi as a means of negotiating the debate between modern and postmodern approaches to science.
Hawkins’ most important professional contributions, however, involve his own teaching. He is an enthusiastic lecturer and creative teacher (one undergraduate course on behavioral principles is built around the Calvin and Hobbes cartoon strip), but his courses are built on thorough instructional systems based on behavior analysis principles. Numerous former doctoral students have replicated his instructional approaches in universities around the country. Never one to become stagnant in his teaching, he has recently pursued and received the status of Associate Certified Instructor for Natural Golf, having been attracted to its simple and elegant instructional system.
Hawkins has also been heavily invested in the community. He is an ordained pastor in the Christian & Missionary Alliance, teaches in and directs a theological study center open to the general community, and was the founding pastor of C2: The College Church, a student church across the street from the WVU campus. He and Jean, his wife of 34 years, have two married children.
Co-sponsored by the School of Kinesiology and Recreation.
Details: Friday, April 22, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.- Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center
10th Annual Apparel Merchandising & Design Association (AMDA) Fashion Show.