National University

Faculty Member Promotes Science to San Diego Youth

 National University faculty member Mike Maxwell was recently featured on Fox 5 News in San Diego for his work with the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering via the “Nifty 50” program, in which 50 scientists and engineers are working together with primary school students to develop the next generation in their field.

Professor Maxwell, who is Chair of the College of Letters and Sciences’ department of mathematics and natural sciences, earned a Ph.D. in Animal Behavior at UC Davis, and a B.A. in Biology with a specialization in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at UC San Diego. He conducted postdoctoral research at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (San Diego, CA), the Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, MA), and the National Marine Fisheries Service as a National Research Council scholar.

In January, Maxwell engaged third graders at San Diego’s Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary School by allowing them to hold worms and explaining how important those creatures are to the ecosystem.

“A big part of this is really just helping kids get their hands dirty with science,” he told Fox 5 News.

In addition to his outreach to youngsters through the “Nifty 50” program, Professor Maxwell has also worked for several years to promote ecology and environmental awareness to his colleagues at National University through the annual National University Eco Fair. A behavioral ecologist and zoologist, His current research examines reproductive physiology and behavior in a California praying mantis (Stagmomantis limbata).

The San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering goes from March 16 – 23. For more information, click here.