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Next Idea Factory event offers expert on inclusivity in the classroom

Release Date: February 6, 2019

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How classroom practices can boost engagement among historically marginalized populations is the topic of the next event in the Idea Factory speaker series at Lawrence Technological University.

“Fostering Inclusivity and Equity in the Classroom” will take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 in the Mary E. Marburger Science and Engineering Auditorium, Room S100 of LTU’s Science Building (see The event is free and open to the public.

The presenter is Scott Franklin, professor of physics at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and director of RIT”s Center for Advancing STEM Teaching, Learning and Education (CASTLE).

Idea Factory is a speaker series that showcases course-based research experiences conducted by faculty and students within the LTU community and beyond. The series is especially interested in how the course-based research model fosters diversity, inclusion, and academic rigor in the classroom. It is funded in part by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. More about the Idea Factory at

Franklin’s research interests include advanced granular materials, as well as the science of physics education. At LTU, he will review the research on historically marginalized students’ perceptions of learning environments, highlighting behaviors that unintentionally but significantly affect students.

Light refreshments will be served following Franklin’s presentation.


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