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11-23-2005

Clarkson University's Dana Barry Promotes Creative Education and Leads Science Fairs in Japan

Dana M. Barry, technical writer and editor at Clarkson University's Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP), recently served as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Suzuka National College of Technology in Japan. She presented two major seminars (titled "Creative Education" and "Science Fair Education Project for Students in Japan") and led four Science Fairs in various parts of the Country. Schools in Japan are using the new book Science Fair Fun in Japan, which is co-authored by Dr. Barry and Professor Hideyuki Kanematsu (of Suzuka National College of Technology, Japan) and published by Gendai Tosho in Japan.

Visiting Professor Barry appeared on the TV news in Tsu City, Japan, and photos with articles about her were included in several prominent Japanese Newspapers. She is currently collaborating with Professor Kanematsu of Japan on an international project to promote Creative Education. This unique program promotes creative thinking and includes the preparation and use of innovative teaching tools and techniques. The program develops and encourages the combined use of creative and critical thinking skills in problem-solving. Its main goals are to prepare individuals to be flexible, to solve new and challenging problems, and to adapt in our ever changing world.

Barry serves as president of the Scientific Board of Ansted University in Malaysia. She is an officer of the Northern New York section of the American Chemical Society, a certified professional chemist, a member of the American Institute of Chemists and the National Science Teachers Association, and serves on the editorial review board for Science Education Review, an international journal published in Australia. She served as a Visiting Professor in Malaysia (2001), Japan (2002), England (2003), and Malaysia (2004). In addition, she has many honors to her name and more than 100 professional publications including six books.

Barry's trip to Japan was sponsored by Suzuka National College of Technology in Japan, Clarkson University's Center for Advanced Materials Processing, and the Northern New York section of the American Chemical Society.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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