Jay B. Labov

Jay B. LabovJay B. Labov serves as a Senior Advisor for Education and Communications for the National Research Council. He also served for three years as Deputy Director for the NRC's Center for Education and was the study director and responsible staff officer for the NRC reports, Evaluating and Improving Undergraduate Teaching in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology (2003); Learning and Understanding: Improving Advanced Study of Mathematics and Science in U.S. High Schools (2002); Educating Teachers of Science, Mathematics, and Technology: New Practices for the New Millennium (2000); Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology (1999); Serving the Needs of Pre-College Science and Mathematics Education: Impact of a Digital National Library on Teacher Education and Practice (1999); and Developing a Digital National Library for Undergraduate Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology Education (1998). He has served as Director of the Center for Education's Committee on Undergraduate Science Education, Committee on Science Education K-12, and the National Academies' Teacher Advisory Council. Dr. Labov is currently the co-PI for a multiyear grant from the National Science Foundation to the Center for Education and an NSF grant to offer workshops to grantees of the NSF's Math/Science Partnership Initiative that will enable them to better understand and implement the recommendations in NRC reports on education. He also currently oversees the NRC's and National Academy of Science's efforts to improve the teaching of evolution in the public schools and a recently expanded effort of the National Academies to work more closely with disciplinary and professional societies on education issues.

Prior to assuming his position at the NRC in August 1997, Dr. Labov was a member of the faculty in the Department of Biology at Colby College (ME), where he served two terms as Chair of the Division of Natural Sciences, Associate Chair of the Department of Biology, and as a member of numerous college committees and panels. He taught courses in Introductory Biology, Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology, Animal Behavior, and Neurobiology. His research and publications in the life sciences have dealt with physiological and behavioral aspects of reproduction in mammals. He was responsible for developing and overseeing a partnership program for Colby scientists and teachers in four local school districts. Dr. Labov also has worked with many national organizations and professional societies to improve science education for both pre-college and undergraduate students. He received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Miami and a M.S. in Zoology and Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of Rhode Island.