Pioneering Science Educator to Speak at CSU

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Diola Bagayoko, founder of a national award-winning and model education program in Louisiana, will give a talk titled “Systemic Mentoring  for Competitiveness: The Model of the Timbuktu Academy," 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 in the Center for Commerce and Technology auditorium. He also will conduct a 1-2 p.m. Lunch and Learn session the same day in the Davidson Student Center cafeteria.

Bagayako, right, is a distinguished professor of physics at Southern University in Baton Rouge, where he established in 1990 the Timbuktu Academy, named after the west African location when it thrived in the 12th-16th centuries as a center of world scholarship and commerce.

The Academy's mission is based on producing high-achieving minority scientists and engineers who pursue PhD degrees, and Bagayoko is working to establish similar centers around the nation.

Bagayoko’s program has received a pair of U.S. Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Mentoring for creating academic opportunities for  participation by women, minorities, and disabled persons from the elementary through graduate-school levels. Additionally, the Office of Naval Research has invested more than $6 million in the academy.

Bagayoko’s visit is sponsored by the Department of Chemistry with support from the National Science Foundation. For more information, call 706-568-2075.