Events to highlight Hall for Discovery and Learning Research dedication

April 13, 2010

The Discovery Learning Research Center will celebrate this week's dedication of the Hall for Discovery and Learning Research with an open house, tours of its new research facilities and a series of lectures on innovative learning and research.
David Asai, director of Precollege and Undergraduate Science Education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and former Purdue professor of biological sciences, will deliver the keynote presentation from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday (April 15) as part of the research center's daylong PI Summit.

The talk, in the new facility's Large Learning Studio (Room 131), along with the full lineup of activities is free and open to the public.
Vic Lechtenberg, vice provost for engagement, will offer welcoming comments at 9 a.m. A K-12 Open House will run from 4 to 7 p.m. in the facility's Science Lab, including interactive activities, lesson plans, giveaways, and chemistry demonstrations from 4 to 5 p.m. by Paul Smith, lecture demonstration director in the Department of Chemistry.
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Tom Turpin, Purdue entomology professor and founder of Purdue's annual Bug Bowl activities, also will give a talk at 5 p.m. titled "Science on Six Legs: Using Insects to Create Interest and Understanding of Science in Young People."
Research posters by students and researchers affiliated with the Discovery Learning Research Center will be on display throughout the facility along with Purdue Agricultural Communications education exhibits in the Project Lab, Room 104, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Asai joined the Purdue biology faculty in 1985, eventually serving five years as associate head and three years as head of the Department of Biological Sciences.
He was elected to the Purdue University Teaching Academy in 2000 and inducted into the Purdue Book of Great Teachers in 2003, before leaving to become the Stuart Mudd Professor and Chair of Biology at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif. In fall 2008, he took his current position at the Hughes institute.