New York University will host the second annual “Science Education Innovators Expo & Symposium” and keynote speaker Dr. Jane Goodall on Mon., Feb. 7, 2010, in partnership with the Jhumki Basu Foundation.

Jane Goodall to Deliver Keynote at Sci-Ed Innovators Expo & Symposium
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New York University will host the second annual “Science Education Innovators Expo & Symposium” and keynote speaker Dr. Jane Goodall on Mon., Feb. 7, 2010, in partnership with the Jhumki Basu Foundation. The event, which runs from 4-7:30 p.m., brings together science teachers, students, researchers, policymakers, and corporate and foundation professionals to share innovative methods for teaching science in underserved schools.

The event begins at 4 p.m. with an expo and presentation of science projects by public school students from 30 New York City schools, including members of Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots. Celebrating its 20th anniversary on February 19, Roots & Shoots is the Jane Goodall Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian youth program. Topics of presentations include robotics, chemistry, physics, and more, with students and teachers on site to offer live demonstrations of their projects.

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, will deliver the keynote address at 5:30 p.m., which will be followed by a book signing. The title of the keynote is “Gombe and Beyond: The Next 50 Years.”

The expo and symposium will be held at the Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for Student Life and the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 60 Washington Square South (at LaGuardia Place) in Greenwich Village. [Subways: A, B, C, D, E, F to West 4th Street].

Reporters interested in attending should contact Tim Farrell at the NYU Office of Public Affairs at 212.998.6797 or by email at

The annual Sci-Ed Innovators Expo & Symposium brings together leading educational, government and corporate organizations with the science education community to explore how the visionary ideas of the late science educator and social activist Jhumki Basu can help transform science teaching and learning in urban American schools. Speakers include NYU President John Sexton; NYU Steinhardt Dean Mary Brabeck; and Founder of the Jhumki Basu Foundation, Radha Basu.

The Sci-Ed Expo & Symposium is part of a larger endeavor underway at NYU Steinhardt—the development of the NYU Steinhardt Institute for Science Education, inspired by the Jhumki Basu’s research and career.  NYU Steinhardt is co-hosting the Sci-Ed Innovators Expo & Symposium in partnership with The Jhumki Basu Foundation. 

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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, 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, 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, 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, visit

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