"Science Day" for High School
Students Will Be Thursday,
Posted October 28, 2002
HOLLAND -- Hope College will host its annual
"Science Day" for high school students on Thursday, Nov. 7.
There will be a keynote address and several one-
hour presentations on a variety of science-related topics
from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. More than 240 high school
students and their teachers from 11 schools from Michigan
and Illinois will attend.
The students' experience will begin at 9 a.m. with
the keynote address "Atoms, Molecules, and Light: AMO
Science Shaping the Future," delivered by Dr. Wendell T.
Hill, director of atomic, molecular and optical sciences and
engine atomic physics at the University of Maryland at
From 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and again from 11:30
a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the students will each attend one of 20
concurrent presentations. Topics range from "Flying A
Wing," to "How to Win an Argument About Nuclear Power," to
"Substance Use and Teens--Only the Facts," to "Birds and
Changing Landscapes: A Tropical View and a Temperate View"
and "Tales from the Crypt: The Mathematics of Secret
Messages." There will also be a session for teachers
focusing on interdisciplinary teaching using paramecium.
Most of the sessions are led by members of the
Hope faculty and students. In addition to Hill, guest
presenters include Dr. Ronald Deenik, a 1973 Hope graduate
who is president of Holland Family Dentistry PC, and Dr.
Marshall Elzinga, a 1960 Hope graduate from Hudsonville who
is retired from a career as a research scientist. Elzinga
had conducted research at Harvard Medical School, Brookhaven
National Laboratory and the New York State Institute for
Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities, and held
teaching appointments at the State University of New York at
Stony Brook, the City University of New York and the State
University of New York, Brooklyn.
Science Day is sponsored by Hope in an effort to
introduce high school faculty and students to 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, computer science, geological and environmental
sciences, nursing, and physics and engineering.