La Salle University in Philadelphia will present an honorary degree to Trustee Derrick Pitts '78, chief astronomer and senior scientist for the Franklin Institute Science Museum, at its Honors Convocation on October 2, 2011.
Derrick Pitts '78
"Derrick Pitts has dedicated his life to science education, which is so vitally important to the future of our country," said Alice Hoersch, La Salle's executive assistant to the president and professor of geology. "As chief astronomer of the Franklin Institute and its major spokesperson, he has made astronomy and space science accessible to many people, particularly children. He is a role model for students in general, and for African American students in particular, who are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields."
Read more, from LaSalle University's website.
A profile of Derrick Pitts on St. Lawrence's website.
Posted: September 30, 2011