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The Value of Science: Improving the Quality of Life


The Value of Science: Improving The Quality of Life discussed the human body, the brain, and the biology behind living things. The scientists each presented a slideshow of their work before answering questions as a panel about their life, their work, and their accomplishments. Each answered questions about failures and successes in their careers, why they wanted to be a scientist, and what it takes to be a truly great scientist.  The program was moderated by Rick Kittles of the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois.  The Museum of Science and Industry was one of ScienceMakers' science center partners in 2010.

The featured scientists included Joanne Berger-Sweeney, Wellesley College; Edwin Cooper, University of California, Los Angeles; Erich Jarvis, Duke University; and Luther Williams, Tuskegee University.

During the day program, the scientists talked about their fields of study with individual student groups.  Students videotaped the sessions with Flip cameras which were edited into short clips and shown at the closing assembly.  Students were also given the chance to speak on stage about their experiences with the scientists and what they learned.  

The school groups included Parker Elementary School and Betty Shabazz International Charter School.


National Science FoundationMuseum of Science and IndustryAssociation for Women in ScienceBlack Creativity CouncilChicago Council on Science and TechnologyProject ExplorationUniversity of Chicago Medical Center

Date and Time

Saturday, February 6, 2010


Museum of Science and Industry
5700 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
United States