Joan A. Steitz ’63 (Antioch College, BA) received the 2018 Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science from the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation. The award honors Steitz “for four decades of leadership in biomedical science, including her discoveries in RNA biology and her service as a mentor to women in science.” The Lasker is sometimes referred to as the “American Nobel” as 87 former recipients of the award have gone on to win Nobel prizes. Steitz is currently Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
What if classrooms were envisioned as a small democracy? What if our students practiced democracy in their classroom year after year? Further, what if they knew they deserved it? Kate Sipe, ’02, Antioch University Seattle MA in Education with Graduate Teacher Preparation and an adjunct faculty who teaches Classroom Management courses, published a timely post in Medium in the wake of the 2020 Presidential election about the importance of democratic schools and teaching civics to our children: “Psst… Hey teachers… Let’s teach civics in our classrooms every single day.” Start today. Start small. Just start. Let your classroom be a microcosm