Book Study: Monkeys, Myths, and Molecules

Calling all teachers!

In response to high demand, the MathScience Innovation Center is pleased to announce a book study opportunity for you!  We will be exploring our feature publication, Monkeys, Myths, and Molecules. You will also have the opportunity to meet the author Dr. Joseph Schwarcz, during our Teacher Talk on Nov. 2, 2017.

Program Details


Monkeys myths and moleculesYou might ask, “What do monkeys, myths, and molecules have to do with one another?” Well, the answer begins with a dream; a dream that led to the development of the theory of molecular structure and the basis for understanding the nature of matter. In Monkeys, Myths, and Molecules, Dr. Joseph Schwarcz, chemist, author, and renowned radio personality, tells us the story of August Kekule’ and his dream. But that is just the beginning. Dr. Schwarcz goes on to share numerous examples of how the theory of molecular structure and other scientific principles can be used to debunk popular myths and other “monkey business” that we encounter in our daily lives.

Come join us for lively discussions as we delve deeper into the many ways that scientific principles can be misconstrued through advertising and media, resulting in misconceptions and roadblocks for student learning. During the book study, we will explore how vital it is for our students to be scientifically literate in order to understand the true nature of science in everyday life. All sessions will take place online through Google® Classroom. For your convenience, the book study will be conducted asynchronously with easy access for participants.

Oct. 12 through Nov. 9, 2017

Location: MathScience Innovation Center via Google Classroom

  1. Access to Google® Classroom  
  2. MSiC Gmail account will be provided to participants


  • Receive a copy of Monkeys, Myths, and Molecules
  • Receive digital certificate with 20 re-licensure points upon successful completion of the course
  • Build the capacity in your classroom for improved scientific literacy and understanding of data analysis

  • Enjoy reflecting on your own teaching practice and how you might integrate real world phenomena in the curriculum
  • Enjoy networking and idea-sharing with colleagues

Register today!


For additional information, please contact:

Program Info: Daphne Schmidt (804) 343-6525 ext. 246. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registration help: Tawana Gilyard at (804) 343-6525 ext. 221. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.