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Hirsh-Pasek and Golinkoff Kick-Off PEN 2015-2016 Distinguished Lecture Series

September 02, 2015

Gallaudet University and its Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program proudly present a Distinguished Lecture co-presented by Dr. Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek (Temple University) and Dr. Roberta Golinkoff (University of Delaware).

Drs. Hirsh-Pasek and Golinkoff will kick off the PEN Educational Neuroscience 2015-2016 Distinguished Lecture Series which will also include Usha Goswami, Patricia Kuhl, Nora Newcombe, and Karen Adolph (dates and times to be announced shortly).

Dr. Hirsh-Pasek and Dr. Golinkoff will co-present “Living in Pasteur’s Quadrant: Navigating the Uncharted Waters Between Basic and Applied Research” on September 28, 2015, at 5:00-6:30 PM at Gallaudet University’s Library, Room B111. ASL interpretation is provided, and the event will also be live-streamed and archived at

Abstract: How can psychological researchers balance the need to do basic science with their desire to be relevant to the questions and issues of their time? In his classic book, Pasteur’s Quadrant: Basic Science and Technological Innovation, Daniel Stokes proposes an answer. Cross-cutting two dimensions — a quest for understanding and considerations of use — Stokes offers four quadrants that capture the areas of scientific progress. Pasteur’s quadrant contains “use-inspired” research that enhances our basic understanding of scientific phenomena at the same time that it offers answers to practical, real-world problems. In this talk, signaling a migration toward Pasteur’s quadrant, we offer examples of how our own work in language, literacy, and playful learning fits there. We also caution that in a world filled with social media and distorted messages about our science and its use, we need to jump beyond Pasteur’s quadrant and take dissemination of our work seriously. We challenge the field and our institutions to share our science in a way that preserves its integrity and increases its utility for the wider community. We offer several examples of our attempts to do that through traditional and nontraditional means.

About Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek: Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Temple University. Her research examines the development of early language and literacy as well as the role of play in learning. An author of 12 books and hundreds of publications, she is the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Bronfenbrenner Award, the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science, the Association for Psychological Science James McKeen Cattell Award and the APA Distinguished Lecturer Award. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society is the President-Elect of the International Society for Infant Studies and served as the Associate Editor of Child Development. Her book, Einstein Never used Flashcards: How children really learn and why they need to play more and memorize less, (Rodale Books) won the prestigious Books for Better Life Award as the best psychology book in 2003. Kathy received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

About Roberta Golinkoff: Roberta Michnick Golinkoff holds the Unidel H. Rodney Sharp Chair in the School of Education at the University of Delaware and is also a member of the Departments of Psychology and Linguistics. An author of twelve books and numerous professional articles, she founded and directs the Child’s Play, Learning, and Development Lab whose goal is to understand how children tackle the amazing feat of learning language. The recipient of a prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 2015 recipient of the James McKeen Cattell Award from the Association for Psychological Science, she is frequently quoted in newspapers and magazines and has appeared on Good Morning America and many regional morning shows. Dr. Golinkoff also speaks at conferences and for organizations around the world about children’s development.

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