BUFFALO, N.Y. – Science Exploration Day, the University at
Buffalo's annual, kid-friendly, science-education bash, makes a
return engagement to UB's North Campus Wed., March 14, attracting
some of the top science minds in the area, ages 14 and up.
Interested media may attend presentations from 9:15 a.m. to 1
p.m. For press arrangements, contact Charles Anzalone in UB
University Communications at 645-4600.
Science Exploration Day, noted for its offbeat and sometimes
irreverent science programs, including the fabled "gross anatomy
and physiology" seminar, features keynote speaker Bill Owens of
Praxair, Inc., doing a cryogenics demonstration. Owens will present
his popular show, featuring liquid nitrogen and oxygen. On Owens'
to-do list: Freeze a banana and use it like a hammer.
"Our goal is to turn them on to science so they will continue
their studies in science and become part of the future in the
mathematics, science, engineering, and medical fields," says Rodney
Doran, professor emeritus in the Department of Learning and
Instruction in UB's Graduate School of Education, who has been on
the organizing committee since the event began in the mid-1980s. "I
find it so exciting to see all these young folks enthused about the
cutting edge research in science and engineering. Science
Exploration Day is a great showcase for the UB faculty, programs
and departments I am so proud of."
Science Exploration Day is open to students from public and
private schools throughout Western New York school districts. Seven
hundred students from 25 schools are expected this year.
The event is being sponsored and organized by UB and various
units of the university, including the Graduate School of
Education, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Great Lakes
Program as well as the Niagara Frontier Science Supervisors
Association and other educational organizations.
This year's speakers will present the state of the art in the
science of forensics, reverse engineering, the weather, cancer
research and earthquake engineering, among many others. Presenters
are from UB, area colleges and universities, local industries,
research laboratories and government agencies. According to event
organizers, the sessions provide excellent up-to-date supplements
to the topics covered in high school science courses.
Each student will attend the keynote speech and a large group
presentation, and then attend two small group sessions or lab
tours. Students indicate their preferences for small group sessions
and lab tours from the list provided with registration
Students and presenters will register in the ground floor lobby
of Capen Hall on the North Campus, beginning at about 8 a.m. There
are four sessions, each about 45 minutes long. The complete program
is available on the group's webpage at http://www.scienceexplorationday.com.