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Event Scheduled for Sep 22, 2017

Event: MSE Seminar Speaker - Dr. Janet Callahan

Location: IMS-20

Time: 09:45 am

Details of Event:
Dr. Janet Callahan
Chair and Professor, Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering, Boise State University

Friday, September 22, 2017
Institute of Materials Science Building, Room 20, at 9:45 a.m.
Refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m.

“Student Success – and Myth Busting”

Abstract: There’s a widely held myth held by many engineering educators that goes something like this: You have to start college at least at the Calculus I level if you’re planning on majoring in engineering. Or its corollary: You have to take Calculus in high school if you want to major in engineering. The truth is, that how well you do in your first mathematics class has a greater influence on your success as an engineering student than the level of the first mathematics course you take in college. Self-efficacy – an individual’s belief in his or her capacity to execute behaviors necessary to produce specific performance attainments – plays a major role in how everyone approaches goals, tasks and challenges. For students, early successes are huge influences relative to persistence in their designated major. This talk will first focus on the role that success plays in student persistence, and then describe the effects of a complete overhaul of a first-year course relative to student retention and post-requisite student success. The results of the overhaul included a substantial increase in the retention in major for women and underrepresented minority students. Finally, change – the process by which a team of instructors banded together to overhaul the content, their pedagogy and the structure of the course will be described.

Bio: Dr. Janet Callahan is a U-Conn alumna, with degrees in Chemical Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials Science. She conducted postdoctoral research in Melbourne, Australia, then became a faculty member at Georgia Tech and founded a medical device company. In 2004, she joined Boise State University where she cofounded the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering and then served as the college of engineering’s founding associate dean between 2005 and 2016. Dr. Callahan’s research interests across her career have included surface modification of materials, combustion chemical vapor deposition of oxides, biomaterials, engineering education, and institutional change. Dr. Callahan is a member of the University of Connecticut Academy of Distinguished Engineers, a NSF CAREER awardee, and serves on the Engineering Accreditation Commission for ABET. In addition, she is a Girl Scout, mother of three, an avid (but intermediate-level) mountain biker, skier, hiker and gardener.

Target Audience: Not Available

Sponsored By: Materials Science and Engineering Department

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