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University of California Professor Lectures on “Learnable Intelligence” at College


DATE: November 20, 2008

CONTACT: Lisa Saunders

(845) 574 - 4244



University of California Professor Lectures on "Learnable Intelligence"
at SUNY Rockland Community College



Suffern, NY - The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) presents its third lecture in its Fall ‘08 “Human Diversity & Pedagogy” lecture series at SUNY Rockland Community College. 


Dr. Michael E. Martinez of the University of California will present, "Learnable Intelligence," on Tuesday, December 2, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. and 4 - 6 p.m. in the Technology Center Ellipse (Room 8180). Prior to the afternoon lecture, light refreshments will be served. A discussion session will be held at the conclusion.  Admission is free and open to the public.


Martinez states: "Deliberate attempts to enhance intelligence have met with verifiable, though usually moderate, success.  The summary point is this: Intelligence is modifiable in response to experience…Over time, intelligence could be cultivated more deliberately and equitably."


Martinez is Professor of Education at the University of California, Irvine, where he teaches courses on learning and cognition at both undergraduate and graduate levels. A former high school science teacher, Dr. Martinez received his Ph.D. in educational psychology from Stanford University in 1987. He subsequently joined the research staff of the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey, where he developed new forms of computer-based testing for assessment in science, architecture, and engineering. While a faculty member at UC Irvine, Martinez was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of the South Pacific in the Fiji Islands (1994-95). He served as Program Director for the National Science Foundation (2001-02) where he managed the NSF’s role in the Interagency Educational Research Initiative (IERI).  His honors include appointments as a College Board Visiting Scholar (2002-03), a Mellon Visiting Scholar at Columbia University (2003-04), and the APA Presidential Commendation for Contributions to Psychology (2003).


For more information, contact CETL Co-Chairs Dr. Nancy Leech, Professor of English, at (845) 574-4426, or Dr. Liya Li, Associate Professor, English at (845) 574-4733. For more information about Rockland Community College, visit



Rockland Community College, a unit of the State University of New York, is located 25 miles northwest of NYC. The majority of its students transfer to four-year colleges, and many find immediate employment upon earning their associate's degree or certificate. The College also offers others, from preschoolers to senior citizens, the opportunity to simply learn something new. Quality a price you can afford.

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