Greg Duncan, Ph.D. And Daniel Siegel, M.D. Announced As Keynote Speakers For 2015 ECSTEM Conference

Renowned Professors Will Address Trends and Challenges in Early Childhood STEM Education During February Event

Costa Mesa, Calif., Jan. 2015 – The Children and Families Commission of Orange County is delighted to announce the two keynote speakers for this year’s 2015 ECSTEM Conference. Greg Duncan, Ph.D., Professor at the University of California, Irvine will give the keynote speech on Friday, February 6, and Daniel Siegel, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, will give the keynote address on Saturday, February 7. Both speeches begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Catalina Ballroom at the Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa.

Greg Duncan is a Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine. Duncan’s research focuses on the impacts of family and neighborhood conditions, and school-readiness skills on children’s cognitive and behavioral development. Duncan was President of the Society for Research on Child Development between 2009 and 2011 and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Daniel J. Siegel received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry.  He served as a National Institute of Mental Health Research Fellow at UCLA, studying family interactions with an emphasis on how attachment experiences influence emotions, behavior, autobiographical memory and narrative. Dr. Siegel is currently clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center.

Both speakers will discuss the importance of STEM education for young children, the challenges in instruction and the opportunities in teaching science, technology, engineering and math to young minds.

To register to be a part of the 2015 ECSTEM Conference and hear both Greg Duncan and Daniel Siegel speak, visit www.ecstem.org/registration.