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INNF Sponsors Adult Science Fair

Washington DC, September, 2011 - On September 21st, INNF and the SEED School of Washington, D.C sponsored the "Adult Science Fair of 2011." Scientists, researchers, and graduate research students from Maryland, Washington D.C, and Virginia shared their knowledge of science so that the students at SEED would be exposed to the work they do and STEM career fields.

Mr. Larry Nittler, an astrophysicist, shared his love of astronomy. He brought in meteorites and spoke of his work with the Carnegie Institute of Washington DC. The students thought that his work was "out of sight!" They were right. Mr. Nittler has done extensive work with National Aeronautics and Space Administration and is currently researching the planet Mercury, which to say the least, is pretty far out there! He told the students that "you could go as far as their imagination will take you." Dr. Benjamin Walker arrived from Georgetown University. No stranger to the human brain and the way that it works, Dr. Walker did an excellent job integrating information on biology, brains and behavior- so that it would resonate with the middle and high school aged students. With his human brain on site, Dr. Walker wowed the audience as they explored the parts the brain that contribute to fear and other emotions. Dr. Walker really gave the students at SEED something to "think" about!

Dr. Sherry Lippiatt visited SEED from The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She did an excellent job of exploring marine biology, discussing the many factors that lead to water pollution, and offering feasible solutions to deter the amount of marine debris that surfaces in our waterways. Dr. Lippiatt showed the students of SEED that “effective monitoring (of marine debris) is an essential step in reducing the impacts of marine debris on the environment, navigation, fisheries, and local economies.” Mr. Kurt Yankaskas, the Noise Induced Hearing Loss Program Manager for the Office of Naval Research, explained his research in hearing loss. Mr. Yankaskas manages a research portfolio investigating noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ears) so the Navy can protect sailors and marines from the aforementioned illnesses.

Dr. Charles Anamelechi, a Biomedical Engineer who studies the human heart, works for the Food and Drug Administration. He enthusiastically shared his dedication to heart health by showing the students a portion of his research and answering questions about his profession.

Waverly Ray and Dr. Niem Huyn arrived from National Geographic. They used an interactive presentation and Geographic Information Systems software to reach out to the students! They drew a connection between geography, science, and technology and showed the students how to explore the world around us through the eyes of a geographer. The students were excited to take the trip!

A staff scientist within the Infectious Disease group at J Craig Venter Institute, Dr. Marcus Jones specializes in a wide variety of gene expression studies. He shared his life experiences and encouraged the students to explore the medical field as a career choice. He said to the students that "my work is rewarding, and it makes a difference- that is why it's important to me." He encouraged their curiosity in the sciences and promoted their ability to achieve great things.

Eswar Iyer and Srividya Chandramouli, award winning Bioscience PhD students at George Mason University, were elated to discuss their research! Eswar and Srividya are currently using fruit flies to explore gene expression. The students were surprised to learn about the genetic make-up of the tiny organisms as Eswar and Srividya elaborated on the genetic similarities that fruit flies share with humans! They definitely gave the students at SEED something to think about.

The 2011 Adult Science Fair was a huge success for The International Neuroscience Network Foundation and for the students at The SEED School of Washington, DC. Students were exposed to many different types of science and technology. In addition, they were given the chance to speak up close and personal with professionals who have dedicated their lives to various STEM careers.

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