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Tenth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Webinar

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Dr. Bryan Dewsbury

Associate Professor
Department of Biology
University of Rhode Island

Friday January 22nd at 12:00 p.m.

Intelligence plus character - Education as force for liberation

ABSTRACT: Martin Luther King said that "the function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education". In this address we will explore the full meaning of this holistic view of the education process, and the ways in which if internalized, it grants us opportunities to shape our own futures. 

Dr. Bryan Dewsbury was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago before earning his BSc in Biology from Morehouse College and MSc and PhD in Biology from Florida International University. He is PI of the SEAS (Science Education And Society) Research program in Biology at the University of Rhode Island (URI) and focuses on questions relating to identity constructs, bias, relationships, and the effects of those variables on learning in students (K-PhD). His research demonstrates  that the often high proportion of D, F and W grades in introductory science and math classes can be reduced by a variety of interventions thereby improving student retention in STEM fields.

Dr. Dewsbury is a Fellow of the John N. Gardner Institute, an Advisory Board Member of the Quantifying Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) and a PI of the MARC U*STAR training program for underrepresented undergraduates at URI. As a Gardner Fellow he assists member institutions nationally with course design and institutional inclusivity practices. Through QUBES he works with faculty mentoring networks and quantitative biology data modules. 


Hosted by the Biological Sciences Diversity Committee

Co-sponsors: VT Life Sciences Seminar; Department of Biological Sciences; College of Science Diversity Committee; College of Natural Resources and Environment; Women and Minority Artists and Scholars Lecture Series; Global Change Center; Office of Inclusion and Diversity; Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Seminar; College of Veterinary Medicine; Fralin Life Sciences Institute.