Dr. Mary M. Atwater, a University of Georgia professor in the Department of Mathematics and Science Education, will speak at Methodist University’s 2018 Spring Convocation on Monday, Feb. 5 at 11 a.m. Convocation will be held in Huff Concert Hall in the Reeves Fine Arts Building. Traditionally, the spring convocation event is a celebration of Black History Month. The event is free and open to the public.
“Methodist University is delighted to have Dr. Atwater as our spring convocation speaker,” said convocation organizer and McLean Professor of History Dr. Peter Murray. “She has established a distinguished academic record, recently heading an international organization for science education and also serving as a distinguished lecturer at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. We are excited to have arguably the country’s leading expert in multicultural science education on our campus.”
Atwater’s presentation will start Methodist University’s observance of Black History Month. She will speak on “What Does Black History Month Mean to You?” This interactive presentation is designed to facilitate a discussion about the meaning of black history and introduce relevant research about the contributions black people have made in the United States, especially in science, technology and engineering.
For more information on this event, contact Murray at 910.630.7075.
Atwater earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from then-Methodist College in 1969. She went on to earn a master’s degree in physical organic chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1972. In 1980, she completed her doctorate in science education at North Carolina State University.