Activities for Celebration of Science and Mathematics Week Commence

Celebration of Science and Mathematics week collage of events

Celebration of Science and Mathematics week is underway and what a week it has been so far!  We have had the privilege of honoring Dr. Gary Booth and Dr. Tracie Prater with the College of Science Award which is presented to people who have made impactful contributions to the College, attending the Alumni Lecture Series where Dr. Tracie Prater, an alum from the Department of Physics and Astronomy discussed the Role of Advanced Manufacturing in NASA's Space Exploration Initiatives, hosted a night at Hummel Planetarium, and hosted multiple tours of our new state-of-the-art Science Building.

Each day this week the College has hosted groups of local high school students and the Division of Natural Areas and departments in the College have offered activities for the students to participate in.  So far, these activities have included:

  • Division of Natural Areas: Carbon sequestration, how much carbon a tree can sequester and how this relates to climate change with all students.
  • Department of Biological Sciences: "Birds of Prey" presentation by Liberty Nature Center and a disection of a squid activity with Madison Central students.
  • Department of Geosciences: activities on earthquakes and plate tectonics with Berea Independent students.
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy: activity on spectoscopic investigations with Berea Independent students.
  • Department of Computer Sciences: activities using the motion capture laboratory and virtual reality gaming with Model Laboratory students.
  • Department of Mathematics and Statistics: probability games with Model Laboratory students.

The week isn't over!  On Thursday, Madison Southern will come to EKU where the Department of Chemistry will host activities on Microscopy, Computational Chemistry, Enzymatic Biochemistry and will present a Chemistry Magic show. 

On Thursday evening the College of Science in conjunction with the Chautauqua Lecture Series will host our Keynote Speaker, Professor Sylvester James Gates who will present "Einstein v. Roberts: Does Diversity Matter in Science".

Our week will culminate on Friday morning with a Reception and Dedication Ceremony for Phase II of the Science Building.

On Friday evening Retired Science and Mathematics faculty will join us for tours and a reception.

We will end the week on Saturday with a fun-filled Family Nature Day at Maywoods Environmental & Educational Laboratory where the Division of Natural Areas will host a variety of outdoor activities such as Nature Journaling, Fishing, a Bike Rodeo, Junior Outdoor Obstacle Course as well as many more.

For more information about Celebration of Science and Mathematics week, please visit http://scienceweek.eku.edu/.  It's not to late to participate!

Published on September 13, 2017