(7/21/11) CTI Hosts Popular Yale University Scientist

CHARLOTTE – July 21, 2011 – Charlotte Teachers Institute will host a public reception for Dr. Mark Saltzman, chair of Biomedical Engineering at Yale University and a favorite seminar leader among CTI’s Yale National Fellows, on Wednesday, July 27, from 4 to 6 pm at UNC Charlotte’s Student Union.

Dr. Saltzman is the Goizueta Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale. As a leading researcher and prize-winning teacher, he works to create safer and more effective medical and surgical therapy, as well as the most economical, transportable and accessible methods for disease prevention.

His particular expertise in nanoscale science brings him to Charlotte as keynote speaker for the UNC Charlotte Chemistry Department’s National Science Foundation NanoSURE Symposium on Thursday, July 28. Dr. Saltzman’s address will be from 11:00 a.m. to noon at UNC Charlotte’s College of Health and Human Services Building, Room 159.

Both the July 27 reception and the July 28 NanoSURE Symposium are free and open to the public, thanks to sponsorship by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. Teachers are especially encouraged to attend. Registration for both events is available at www.charlotteteachers.org.

Dr. Saltzman is committed to training a new generation of chemical and biomedical engineers. He believes in providing a stimulating and collaborative environment that promotes the free exchange of ideas and encourages creative blending of technology and modern biological science. CTI Yale National Fellows Connie Wood and Conchita Austin, both biology teachers at East Mecklenburg High School, count themselves lucky to have participated in Dr. Saltzman’s Yale Summer Intensive Seminars and shared their perspectives on his work:

“Mark epitomizes the type of Seminar Leader the Yale Institute and CTI try to recruit. He has the ability to take complicated topics like neurobiology and nanotechnology and present them in a way that can be understood by anyone, regardless of their science background. He is gracious in acknowledging and giving credit for the ideas and contributions of students and Fellows in his seminars. CTI members often refer to his research when teaching units on the brain and nanotechnology. Mark has a long list of impressive credentials. He has a Ph.D. in Medical Engineering from M.I.T. and previously taught at John Hopkins University and Cornell University. Not only is he Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Yale University, he also has been recognized with numerous awards for teaching. It is this talent he brings to seminars he leads at the Yale National Teacher Institute, where teachers from all over the country come to learn and create curriculum units for their classrooms.”

For more information about Dr. Mark Saltzman visit: http://www.seas.yale.edu/faculty-detail.php?id=977.


About the Charlotte Teachers Institute

The Charlotte Teachers Institute, a partnership among Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Davidson College and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, cultivates content-knowledge, creativity, leadership skills and collaboration within and among Charlotte’s public school teachers. CTI’s community events engage and educate CMS teachers and the community-at-large, as CTI and Charlotte’s cultural organizations produce forums for teachers to explore topics through multi-disciplinary lenses. CTI is generously supported by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the Belk Foundation, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation, the John. S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation.


For more information, contact CTI Interim Director Robin Mara, (704) 687-2049, info@charlotteteachers.org