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February 18, 2013

Life science series at K-State Olathe engages industry and inspires students

Submitted by Kristi Northcutt

Kansas State University Olathe and Olathe North High School are partnering to bring the Life Science Lecture Series to high school students across Johnson County and the K.C. metro area.

The free lecture series at K-State Olathe provides students an opportunity to learn from university and industry experts about life science research including areas in animal health and food safety. The first series in the fall was met with high demand and response from area high school students, with more than 40 per lecture attending on average.

At the first presentation on Jan. 9, Debra Ryder, education director at the Kansas City Zoo presented “Bears on Thin Ice.” Her recent work with Polar Bear International took her to Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, during fall 2010. She spent time with bears and the scientists who study them focusing on the influence of climate change on bear nutrition and reproduction. Her presentation focused on what the future holds for these magnificent bears.

Additional presentations will be Feb. 20, March 6, April 4, and May 8 and 15.

“The life science lecture series is an opportunity for students to get engaged, empowered and educated on the possible careers in the animal health, food science and life science areas,” said Micheal Strohschein, director of K-12 Programs at K-State Olathe. “This lecture series is just one of the many opportunities that K-State Olathe is providing to students in Johnson County.

To view the full calendar for the lecture series, including topics, or to register, visit http://olathe.k-state.edu/k-12/life-science-series/index.html.

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