February 2017 marked the 10th anniversary of the Robert A. Pritzker Visiting Scientist • Inventor • Engineer in Residence program. Established in 2007, the program aims to expand science education opportunities at Parker and foster an ongoing dialogue among students and teachers about current issues in science.
This week, Parker welcomed the program’s previous resident participants to the school to a special reception honoring the first decade of the program prior to the public lecture by this year’s honoree Professor Wendy Freedman, Ph.D. Freedman addressed the audience on the topic “The Size and Age of the Universe.”
In her remarks, Freedman shared her work using the Hubble Space Telescope and other large telescopes in the Andes Mountains in Chile, described her exciting plans to build one of the world’s largest new telescopes and talked about her life as an astronomer.
During the last decade, the Robert A. Pritzker Visiting Scientist • Inventor • Engineer in Residence program’s 10 resident participants have shared their ideas and work and led students through a broad array of classroom projects including astronomy, paleontology, psychology, design thinking, molecular engineering and chemistry. The program acts as a resource for Parker’s science faculty to further engage students across each division in scientific inquiry by creating opportunities to question, discover and delve deeper into these subject areas. The program was created by a generous gift to Parker in honor of engineer, industrialist and philanthropist Robert A. Pritzker ’44.
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