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Igniting Children's Interest in Science focus of talk on Jan. 24

Monday, January 23, 2012  
Posted by: Rita Elliott
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Contact: Rockford College Box Office, 815-226-4100
Director of Communications Rita Elliott, 815-226-3374

Rockford, Ill., – Sheryl Tucker, Ph.D., Program Director at the National Science Foundation, will gave a talk entitled "The Pipeline: Igniting Children's Interest in Science” at Rockford College’s Starr Science Center in the Peterson Auditorium on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 4 p.m.

Dr. Tucker is Program Director for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program in the Division of Graduate Education at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia. She is currently on leave from Oklahoma State University, where she is Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate College. She founded the Magic of Chemistry program at the University of Missouri, a hands-on, inquiry-based science outreach designed to ignite girls’ interest in science. The program has been adopted nationally for more audiences such as mixed gender classrooms.

In 2005, she received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring for her commitment to broadening the participation of underrepresented groups in science.
The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required. Starr Science Center is accessible. For more information, contact the Rockford College Box Office at 815-226-4100.

This talk is part of the college’s Forum Series and a Sigma Xi Club of Rockford College lecture. To see the Spring 2012 Forum Series line-up visit:

To learn more about Dr. Tucker visit:


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