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Cedar Crest to Host Annual Meeting of Pa. Academy of Sciences March 30 to April 1

Allentown, Pa. (March 30, 2012)--Cedar Crest College is hosting the Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences from Friday, March 30 to Sunday, April 1, with a theme focused on women in science. More than 400 faculty and students from Pennsylvania colleges and universities, as well as members of affiliate organizations will be assembling on campus to discuss current research in such fields as cell biology, developmental biology, aquatic and animal ecology, genetics, chemistry, and cancer biology.

“Over the past several decades, Cedar Crest College has produced many strong leaders in the sciences—an important role for a women’s college,” said K. Joy Karnas, associate professor of genetic engineering, event organizer, and member, Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences. “Cedar Crest students have been major contributors to past PAS meetings, so it is a great honor and privilege to be able to host the 88th annual meeting.”

The meeting will kick-off Friday evening with a reception at the Da Vinci Science Center, where PAS President Michael Campbell, Da Vinci Science Center CEO Troy Thrash, Cedar Crest College President Carmen Ambar, and Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski will welcome the general assembly.

The keynote speaker for the Saturday evening banquet in Hamilton Boulevard Building is a molecular biologist and full professor at Pomona College, Laura L. Mays Hoopes, Ph.D., and she will be discussing her experiences as a woman in science as outlined in her autobiography, Breaking through the Spiral Ceiling: An American Woman Becomes a DNA Scientist.

Research presentations will occupy the participants all day Saturday, with oral presentations taking place throughout the Pool Science Center and poster presentations in Lees Gym. A symposium focusing on the conservation and ecology of Pennsylvania’s bats will be a feature of the morning presentations, and a simultaneous PJAS Teacher Workshop will be held at the Da Vinci Science Center. Lunch will be served during panel sessions featuring a number of Cedar Crest College alumnae designed to highlight graduate school and science career opportunities for students.

Research presentations resume Sunday morning, and the entire meeting will conclude with a lunchtime awards ceremony where student excellence will be rewarded thanks to a donation from the Anne Spychala Charitable Foundation. For the complete conference schedule, go to http://www.cedarcrest.edu/ca/whatshappening/pdf/PASProgram.pdf.

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