Natural Sciences Week informs and entertains students

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Sophomore Parth Upadhyay, left, and freshmen Julian Michael and Tharon Morrison prepare liquid nitrogen ice cream at the Dean’s Scholar’s booth during the Natural Sciences Week Kick-Off event Monday. The activity provided an interactive way to spark students’ interest in the natural sciences.

In an attempt to bring more students and organizations together to learn about opportunities offered on campus, the College of Natural Sciences has put together Natural Sciences Week, a fun and informing series of events for everyone across campus to participate in.

Lead organizers Myra Dioquino, biology senior, and Jessica Siu, computer sciences sophomore, have been preparing for this event since May in hopes of creating an event that is both informative and inviting, Dioquino said.

“We hope students will get to know more about the different resources we have, and all that we have to offer,” Dioquino said.

Natural Sciences Week began Monday and will feature several events before it concludes Sept. 30.

To start the week off, the college hosted the “Natural Sciences Week Kick-Off” on Monday, an event that showcased the different organizations and resources available through the college.

“It’s a way for people of different majors and parts of different organizations to network with each other and to meet everyone,” Dioquino said.

Today at 7 p.m. in Welch Hall the college will host “Opportunities Abroad,” an event for students to talk about their experiences studying abroad and to ask questions about the programs, Siu said.

On Wednesday students can attend “Quiz Bowl,” a quiz game between students and professors, and “Star Party,” an event starting off with a lecture before proceeding to the rooftop of Robert Lee Moore Hall for a view of the stars.

“We are going to be at the top of the RLM looking through a telescope and serving liquid nitrogen ice cream,” Siu said.

“The Look to Land the Job,” which is an event being held Thursday, will teach students how to dress and act professionally.

Friday, the last day of Natural Sciences Week, will feature three events. The first will be a luncheon that includes David Hillis, Dean’s Scholars director and biology professor, as he gives a lecture about sexual evolution. The second, “The Importance of Funding and Research,” will feature a panel of professors from the college. Concluding the week will be the “Science Study Break Lecture,” featuring author Jim Ottaviani who will give a lecture on his new book “Feynman.”

“In previous years other organizations haven’t been as hands-on about providing activities for everyone else to do and this year it’s great to see that they are doing that and making everyone else feel involved,” Dioquino said. “Part of the purpose of the event is to foster natural sciences and I’m really excited about it. It’s great to see everyone working together.” 

Printed September 27, 2011 as: Natural Sciences Week intends to inform and entertain students