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Science Revolution in Minority Communities

Science Revolution in Minority Communities
Theme of SACNAS Conference

Students and science educators will gather later this month for the annual Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science conference, to be held in Tampa, Fla. Pertinent to a much talked-about issue, the theme of this year’s conference is “Science Revolution in Minority Communities: What Progress Have We Made?”
The program includes student and professional tracks, with student tracks geared toward career exploration, graduate school admission and mentoring and partnering. The professional workshops are specific to scientific disciplines such as nanotechnology, psychology and genetics. There are also sessions to assist K-12 teachers with better incorporating math and science into the classroom as well as in encouraging minority students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.

This year’s featured speakers include:
–  Dr. David R. Burgess, professor of biology at Boston College
–  Dr. Theresa Maldonaldo, associate dean of Dwight Look College of Engineering and associate director of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station
–  Dr. Michael Anthony Escamilla, associate professor of the psychiatric genetics center at California State University, Los Angeles
–  Dr. Carlos G. Gutierrez, a professor of chemistry and biology at CSU-LA.

The conference is expected to attract more than 2,500 attendees, including 300 exhibitors from universities and federal agencies and 1,200 minority graduate and undergraduate students. The hallmark of the yearly conference is student presentations of their scientific research findings. In addition, scientific symposia, professional development sessions, undergraduate and graduate scientific presentations and K-12 science education workshops are held in concert with cultural events, including Hispanic, American Indian and Native Hawaiian music and dance performances.

The conference will be held at the Tampa Convention Center Oct. 26-29.
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— By Dina M. Horwedel

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