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Free events celebrate the opening of Dartmouth's Center for Cognitive and Educational Neuroscience on Nov. 22

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 11/09/05 • Contact Susan Knapp (603) 646-3661

On Tuesday, Nov. 22, the Dartmouth Center for Cognitive and Educational Neuroscience (CCEN) will officially open its doors in the newly renovated southeast wing of Baker Library, adjacent to the Reserve Reading Room on the ground level.

The Center will celebrate the occasion with a 4:30 p.m. public lecture on Nov. 22 in Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall, featuring Robert Sternberg, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and a professor of psychology at Tufts University. Sternberg is an expert in the field of intelligence and how it's acquired and modified throughout a lifetime. The lecture will be followed immediately by an open house in the Baker Library space. Both events are free, and the Dartmouth community and the general public are invited.

Dartmouth's CCEN, funded by a five-year, $21.8-million grant from the National Science Foundation, brings together basic educational research and community outreach to teachers. Collaborating with local teachers, researchers and students involved in CCEN will work to understand the brain mechanisms of learning and develop new learning techniques for K-12 students and teachers.

"The launch of CCEN means the beginning of many new relationships dedicated to linking the science of learning to the practice of teaching," says Jane Korey, the managing director of CCEN. "Our goal is to build collaborations between scientists and practitioners to explore how people learn, across contexts, such as math, reading, and science. We're eager to begin."

More than 30 professors, students and staff will be involved with the project and several departments and programs at the college have ties to the CCEN, including the departments of education, mathematics, psychological and brain sciences, and the Native American Studies program and the Dartmouth College Library. A partnership with professionals at the Montshire Museum of Science, a rural, hands-on science museum located in Norwich, Vt., ensures a valuable connection to teachers and educators in the community.

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