January 24, 2019

Media Advisory – Science in the South Conference is Friday at SIU

Educators from far and wide will be at Southern Illinois University Carbondale on Friday for the 23rd annual Science in the South Conference.

Reporters, photographers and news crews are welcome to cover the conference, which will take place at the Student Center.

The event brings together K-12 educators from across the state for a day of hands-on learning activities and lesson planning, preparing them to even better teach about science-related topics. It’s an interactive experience covering a wide variety of pertinent areas, including the Next Generation Science Standards.

The day begins with registration, breakfast and exhibitions from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Presentations take place 9-11:10 a.m. and 1:10-3:30 p.m. Participants will experience for themselves fun ways to learn and dig deeper into the field.

Exhibits will be open 11:10-11:40 a.m. followed by the luncheon and keynote address by Ken Anderson, geology professor. His presentation is “Feed the Living, Bury the Dead. The influence of the Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 on 18th Century Europe.” 

A distinguished researcher and National Academy of Inventors member, Anderson’s accomplishments include developing and commercializing environmentally friendly ways to use coal and biomass wastes for production of agricultural products and biodegradable plastics.

An hour-long networking reception for participants and presenters wraps up the day, which concludes at 4:30 p.m.