March 22-University Lecture Series - Carnegie Mellon University

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Teachers all around Me: My life of learning

Indira Nair, Tuesday, March 22, 2011

4:30pm, Porter Hall 100 (Gregg Hall)

Indira Nair, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Education Emeritus, Carnegie Mellon

I have had the fortune to be surrounded by teachers all my life from my grandparents to parents to siblings to friends to students to colleagues to my daughters, and to see some historic changes and people. This gave me the opportunity to be learning all the time from multiple perspectives and worldviews. I will share lessons learned along this journey and the worlds it opened up for me.

Indira Nair retired from Carnegie Mellon in 2010. Prior to that she served as the Vice Provost for Education for 12 years and was professor of Engineering and Public Policy. She now lives and learns in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Dr. Indira Nair retired from Carnegie Mellon after 32 years. For the last 12 years there, she was the Vice Provost for Education and Professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. She holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Northwestern University and a Pennsylvania teachers Certificate for high school science teaching. She has designed and taught several interdisciplinary courses including ethics of science and technology, environmental science, technology and decision making and radiation, health and policy. Her research has ranged over: risk assessment and communication, green design, bioelectromagnetics, education in general and pedagogies for the modern-day literacies such as scientific, environmental and global literacy. Dr. Nair currently chairs the national Global Learning Leadership Council of the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U). She has served on numerous national committees including National Science Foundation's Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) and on the Division of Education and Human Resources Advisory Committee (EHR), the Educators Advisory Panel of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Board of Student Pugwash USA. Locally, she has been involved in K-12 education and served as a member of the Board of the Pittsburgh Regional Center for Science Teachers, the School Reform Task Force of the Pittsburgh Public Schools, the group designing the Science and Technology High School, the founding Boards of two charter schools –City High and the Environmental Charter School at Frick Park, and on the Winchester Thurston Advisory Board. She is co-author of a book, Journeys of Women in Science and Engineering: No Universal Constants, (Temple University Press, 1997). She was voted a Women of Distinction by the National Association of Women in Higher Education (NAWE) and the George Morgan Award for Creativity and Innovation in Interdisciplinary Education by Brown University. She received the Doherty Prize for Excellence in Education in 1993, the Undergraduate Advising and Mentoring Award in 1994 and the Barbara Lazarus Award for Culture and Climate in 2005. She founded the Carnegie Mellon Chapter of Student Pugwash to encourage students to think about the social responsibility of science and technology. Her current quests and involvements include: a new scheme for general education including the new literacies; pedagogies for educating for innovation; increasing the inclusion of under-represented minorities across all segments of education; improving K-12 STEM education and bioelectromagnetics.



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