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May 8, 2012 > Training scientists for the future

Training scientists for the future

Submitted By Joyce R. Blueford

Everyone loves science when they are little, but in the United States we are not producing enough scientists to fill the jobs that are available. Lam Research Foundation is helping Math Science Nucleus to do something about it in the Fremont area by funding a Science Lecture series. They have donated $10,000.00 to help coordinate and organize free lectures for junior high students.

The Lam Research Science Lectures provides an opportunity for junior high students to look at science careers. Scientists give a glimpse into their career choices as they were growing up, choosing colleges, and how their careers evolve.

The next speaker on May 19 will be Dr. Karen Anderson, an anthropologist with a specialty in archaeology. Her research specialty is pre-Columbian cultures of South America with fieldwork over the last ten years focused on the spread of the Tiwanaku Empire that controlled most of modern day Bolivia from AD 600-1100. She will use data from her excavations to demonstrate how archaeologists apply scientific investigation techniques to understand prehistoric cultures.

If there is a local scientist or engineer that would like to share their career path with students please contact Dr. Joyce Blueford, Board President of the Math Science Nucleus. Presenters will receive advice about how to talk to young teens and prepare their presentations.

As part of the $10,000.00 grant, Lam Research is funding bimonthly lectures at the Fremont Main library for families with elementary school children. Math Science Nucleus staff present an hour of fun science to get children and their families excited about science.

The next free library show on May 15 will focus on Earthquakes and Volcanoes. Dorel Baca and Joyce Blueford will explore the rocks produced by volcanoes and disasters caused by earthquakes around the world. The show starts at 7 p.m. and is geared toward families with elementary age students.

The Math Science Nucleus (MSN) is a non-profit organization devoted to providing schools and community throughout the world with access to quality science including an online free science curriculum with science storybooks and a slideshow. Locally MSN manages the Children's Natural History Museum and Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon Wetland Center. Please consult our website, for more information.

Lam Research Corporation is committed to help increase math and science in our local schools. They have helped fund various projects that try to excite students about math and science. Previous grants include funding Science Nights at the Library and Helping Hands Science Program in Fremont Unified School District.

MSN Science Series
Tuesday, May 15
Earthquakes and Volcanoes
7:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont
LIB: (510) 745-1401
MSN: (510) 790-6284

Saturday, May 19
Tiwanaku Empire
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Math Science Nucleus
4074 Eggers Dr., Fremont
(510) 790-6284

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