Rochel Gelman, Ph.D., co-director of the Center for Cognitive Science at Rutgers University and professor of psychology, will visit Manhattan College as part of the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar program. During her two-day visit, Gelman will deliver a lecture entitled Early Cognitive Development and Beyond on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 5:00 p.m. in the Scala Academy Room in Leo Hall, and the event is free and open to the public.
Gelman focused early in her career on finding and demonstrating how preschoolers and even infants were conceptually more competent than assumed by existing theories. As a result, she went on to publish Preschool Pathways to Science, The Child’s Understanding of Number and the article “Language and the Origin of Numerical Concepts” in Science Magazine, as well as articles on both math and science education in Early Childhood Research Quarterly. She also has developed a Science-into-ESL program and preschool exhibits at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia.
Prior to working at Rutgers University, Gelman taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Los Angeles. As an established expert in the study of preschoolers, Gelman has received awards from the American Psychological Association (Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award), the Association for Psychological Science (William James Fellow) and the Society for Research in Child Development (Lifetime Contribution to the Study of Child Development). In addition, she is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
“The Upsilon of New York chapter of Phi Beta Kappa is pleased to welcome Dr. Gelman to Manhattan College,” said Michael Judge, Ph.D., secretary-treasurer of Manhattan’s chapter, associate professor and acting chair of the biology department. “We are excited by her visit and look forward to stimulating conversations as we continue our tradition of a strong liberal education.”
The Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program makes available each year a dozen or so distinguished scholars who will visit colleges and universities with chapters of Phi Beta Kappa. They spend two days on each campus, meeting informally with students and faculty members, taking part in classroom discussions, and giving a public lecture open to the entire academic community. The purpose of the program is to contribute to the intellectual life of the institution by making possible an exchange of ideas between the visiting scholars and the resident faculty and students. Now entering its 55th year, the Visiting Scholar Program has sent 577 scholars on 4,784 two-day visits since it was established in 1956.