Featuring an Address by Dr. Stuart Firestein, PhD.
Dr. Stuart Firestein presented "Ignorance, Doubt, Uncertainty...What Every Student Needs to Know About Science." Dr. Firestein is the Chair of Columbia University’s Department of Biological Sciences, where his colleagues and he study the vertebrate olfactory system, possibly the best chemical detector on the face of the planet. His laboratory seeks to answer that fundamental human question, "how do I smell?"
Dedicated to promoting the accessibility of science to a public audience, Firestein serves as an advisor for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s program for the Public Understanding of Science. He was awarded the 2011 Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award for excellence in scholarship and teaching. His book on the workings of science for a general audience called Ignorance: How it Drives Science was released by Oxford University Press this Spring.
About the Dinner
Every year, the Board of Trustees invites esteemed colleagues and new collaborators to join them in celebration of Bank Street's contributions to the world of education.
This convivial evening of dining and conversation directly supports Bank Street's mission to improve the education of all children and their teachers. And with education reform at the forefront of regional and national policy debates, Bank Street's advocacy of progressive pedagogy and effective teacher preparation has never been more important.
Funds raised from the Trustees' Dinner are dedicated to the Bank Street Annual Fund. This critical endeavor provides unrestricted support to the College, channeling these gifts to where they are needed most. The College allocates these funds with careful consideration of every department, program, initiative, and investment in sustainability and growth.