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Hope's "Science Day" for High School
Students Will Be Thursday, Nov. 2

Posted October 24, 2000

HOLLAND -- Hope College will host its annual "Science Day" for high school students on Thursday, Nov. 2.

There will be a keynote address and several one- hour presentations on a variety of science-related topics from 9 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. Approximately 450 high school students and 30 of their teachers from high schools from throughout Michigan will attend.

The students' experience will begin at 9 a.m. with the keynote address "You Are What You Eat: Decoding the Diets of Ancient People," delivered by Dr. Henry P. Schwarcz, who is a member of the faculty of the School of Geography and Geology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

From 10:20 a.m. to 11:20 a.m., the students will each choose to attend one of more than a dozen concurrent presentations. Topics range from "Tales from the Crypt: The Mathematics of Secret Messages," to "Health Promotion: Teens and Cigarette Smoking," to "The Serengeti: Big Cats and Their Prey," and "Airplane Wings."

All of the students will also attend the 11:40 a.m. session "Chemical Magic," which features entertaining demonstrations of the principles of chemistry.

Most of the sessions are led by members of the Hope faculty. In addition to Schwarcz's talk, one of the student-oriented presentations will be made by Dr. Kevin Rebhan, a 1984 Hope graduate who is a dentist practicing in Zeeland, and one of the event's workshops for teachers will be led by Dr. John Goudie of the Kalamazoo Area Mathematics & Science Center.

Science Day is sponsored by Hope in an effort to introduce high school faculty and students in areas of current research and social interest in the sciences, and to the wide variety of science programs at the college. Hope departments participating in the day include biology, chemistry, mathematics, nursing, and physics and engineering.

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