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Expert on Learning, Neuroscience to Speak at UW Symposium

September 24, 2013

A renowned researcher on the neuroscience of learning will visit the University of Wyoming Oct. 1-2 as the featured scholar at the College of Education’s 2013 Ellbogen Symposium for Teaching and Learning.

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang will deliver the symposium’s keynote address, titled “Embodied Brains, Social Minds: How Emotions Shape Learning, Motivation and Self,” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the College of Education auditorium. She will greet keynote audience members at a reception in her honor in the Education Building lobby at 3 p.m.

Immordino-Yang also will meet with early childhood educators, teachers, UW faculty and graduate students, and a sixth-grade class during her Laramie visit.

Immordino-Yang is an assistant professor of education at the Rossier School of Education; an assistant professor of psychology at the Brain and Creativity Institute; and a member of the neuroscience graduate program faculty at the University of Southern California. She is the associate editor in North America for the award-winning journal, Mind, Brain and Education, and a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Experimental Psychology and Culture and Brain.

She received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and is the inaugural recipient of the Award for Transforming Education through Neuroscience. The Association for Psychological Science named her a “Rising Star.”

A former junior high school teacher who earned a doctorate from Harvard, Immordino-Yang lectures nationally and abroad on the neural and psychosocial implications of brain and cognitive science research for curriculum and pedagogy. She also is content director for a new online, free course for teachers, “Neuroscience and the Classroom: Making Connections,” funded by the Annenberg Media Foundation: www.learner.org/courses/neuroscience.

The Ellbogen Symposium for Teaching and Learning is funded by an endowment established by the John P. “Jack” Ellbogen Foundation. For more information on the keynote and Immordino-Yang, visit http://bit.ly/WyJF5R.

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Mary Helen Immordino-Yang


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