Associate Professor, Education
Office: Riedl 136
Dr. Farland-Smith's particular research interest is that which focuses on students’ perceptions and attitudes toward science and scientists. She was the director of the Side-by-Side with Scientists Camp at OSU-M which served over 350 girls in the local community. Her research at the camp focused on middle school girls’ attitudes and perceptions of scientists who are working ‘side-by-side’ with scientists as well as the characteristics of scientists that most positively affect the girl’s perception of scientists. She previously taught science all grades K-12. She has written and published books that inspire children to understand and appreciate scientists and their work, Her books include: Jungle Jane, It Takes Two: The Story of the Watson & Crick Team, It Takes All Kinds of Scientists and The Simple Truth about Scientists. Dr. Farland-Smith is also the Founder of The Little Buckeye Children’s Museum which is a stimulating and fun place for families of all kinds to enjoy playing and learning together. It has reached out to all members of the community through educational programs for teachers and students and strives to serve children who might otherwise miss such important opportunities for constructive play. The museum was built in 2010 and currently has over 100 sponsors and over 30 exhibits. Any student interested in research science education or play should contact Dr. Farland-Smith.