By: J.D. Ross
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The Center for Digital Literacy at the School of Information Studies (iSchool) will host Dr. Marcia Mardis, an assistant professor at the School of Library & Information Studies at Florida State University, for the 2011 installment of its Distinguished Lecture Series.

Mardis, who is the associate director of the Partnerships Advancing Library Media Center at Florida State, has conducted extensive research on school libraries, science learning and digital resources.

She will speak on “Grand Challenges, Boundary Objects, Cyber-Infrastructure and STEM Learning: Pulling the Threads Together.”

“Improving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning is a stated priority for many governmental agencies, including the U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation,” Dr. Mardis said in a release published by Florida State. “However, the means by which this challenge is best met have become boundary objects with common ideas interpreted by a range of stakeholders. We’ll explore all the elements – key national and state projects to improve STEM learning, their interplay with cyber-structure, shifting policy environments and differing beneficiary perspectives – and the extent they affect efforts to address the ‘grand challenge’ of enhancing education.”

The lecture will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 17 in the Katzer Room (347) in Hinds Hall.