Noted Astronomer and Author Dr. Jeffrey Bennett to Give Talk on Math and Teaching Science, Oct. 31

Dr. Jeffrey Bennett, a noted astronomer and author of a number of books on science and math, including the popular children’s series “Science Adventures with Max the Dog,” will visit the Lehman campus on Friday, October 31. He will give a series of STEM-related talks, titled “Math for Life” and “On Teaching Science.” This event is open to the community.

Dr. Bennett specializes in mathematics and science education. He has taught extensively at all levels, including having founded and run a private science summer school for elementary and middle school children. At the college level, he has taught more than fifty classes in astronomy, physics, mathematics, and education.

He is the author of best-selling college textbooks in four distinct subject areas: astronomy, mathematics, statistics, and astrobiology (life in the universe). In addition, he has penned several critically acclaimed books for the general public, including On the Cosmic HorizonBeyond UFOs, Math for Life, What is Relativity? and On Teaching Science.

His five children’s books have all been selected by the Story Time From Space program as the first set of books to be launched to the International Space Station—they are being read by astronauts in multiple languages for children around the world.

Dr. Jeffrey Bennett

Dr. Bennett holds an undergraduate degree in biophysics from the University of California at San Diego and a Master’s and Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The day’s events will begin at 9 a.m. with a continental breakfast in Room 313 of the Music Building. The first talk in the series, “Math for Life,” will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Room 306 of the Music Building. There will be a discussion on how educators can effectively improve students’ quantitative reasoning skills at CUNY. Dr. Bennett will deliver his next talk “On Teaching Science” at 12:30 p.m.

This event is sponsored by the Lehman College Quantitative Literacy Program, the STEM Coordinating Committee, the School of Education, and the Office of the Associate Provost and Dean for Research. For more information, e-mail