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2016 USTA Conference

Science in 3D

February 5, 2016

 8:30am - 3:30pm

at the Marriott Hotel Convention Center
101 W 100 N, Provo, UT

and at the Utah Valley Convention Center
220 Center St., Provo, UT




Keynote Speaker: Adam Johnston 

Adam Johnston moved to Utah and planned to spend five or six years in graduate school at the University of Utah.  That was in 1994.  Now, he is a professor of physics at Weber State University in Ogden, where he teaches courses in physics and science education. His work in science learning has led him to co-organize a national conference in science education reform, Science Education at the Crossroads (sciedxroads.org), and he has established a local outreach program, Science in the Parks (scienceintheparks.org), hosted each summer as a traveling program to Ogden City parks.  Recently, Adam has been investigating learning in other contexts and modes, not only within classrooms, but also national parks, museums, apprenticeships, and even dance.  The dance project led to his collaboration on a 45-minute production, A Body in Motion, and associated workshops that investigate the parallel practices of science and the arts (dancesciencefest.org). 

Some of Adam’s other work has been published in traditional research outlets, such as Educational Leadership and Science Education. But, he’s also consulted for a piece in the New York Times, contributed to a segment on Science Friday, and has a published interview of former U.S. poet laureate, Billy Collins.  Much of his work is collaborative, reaching across disciplines, throughout the state and beyond.

At Weber State, Adam enjoys working closely with science teaching majors as well as with practicing teachers through various programs, workshops, and presentations.  He delights in being in any learning environment ranging from one-on-one to a lecture hall.  This includes being co-host to a celebrated demonstration show, Circus of Physics, hosted annually during the Physics Department’s open house.

Adam completed a Ph.D. in science education and a M.S. in physics from the University of Utah, and a B.S. in physics from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.  More important, he loves living at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains in Ogden with his wife, Karyn, and their daughters, Anna and Grace.  Adam enjoys being on trails near and far, trail running, backpacking, snowshoeing, or just taking in the scene.

For more information, see physics.weber.edu/Johnston

Getting to the Marriott Hotel Convention Center

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N-143 Eyring Science Center
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