2IB students and TOK teachers at the Våland Campus. Photography by Daniel Thorbjørn Miranda Pettersen of 2IB|
Friday 5th June 2015, former St. Olav vgs IB graduate, Lara Adnan Aqrawi (front row, third from left), Post Doctoral Fellow in the department of Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine at the Institute of Clinical Odontology, University of Oslo, visited St. Olav to deliver a lecture on Research Ethics and the Pursuit of Scientific Knowledge to 2IB Theory of Knowledge students.
Lara last lectured to IB students on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the IB Diploma Programme at St Olav. Welcoming her, the Principal, Finn Gabrielsen, thanked Lara for taking time from her busy schedule to visit her former school and share with our IB students her knowledge in scientific research and related ethical issues. He warmly noted that she had built an extensive CV within her field in a short period of time. Then in her vote of thanks, the IB Coordinator, Fiona Andvik, expressed her gratitude to Lara on behalf of the school and the hope that more St Olav alumni return to share their knowledge with current students.
The lecture was followed by a lively question and discussion session on the topic and the value of the compulsory IB core subjects - Theory of Knowledge, Creativity, Activity and Service as well as the Extended Essay - when one commences university and in life in general. Lara emphasized that though the IB can be challenging students who complete the programme have the advantage of having already gained the essential skills for successful university study. Furthermore, she encouraged students to always be seekers of truth before ending by pointing out that the characteristics of a successful researcher are those of the IB Learner Profile.
For further information on Lara Aqrawi’s research, you can visit: http://laraslittlebcells.wordpress.com