Published April 11, 2011
Springfield, Ohio –The 2010-11 Wittenberg Saturday Science program continues at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 16, in the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center with a presentation titled “The Science of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” by Assistant Professor of Biology Michelle McWhorter.
Wittenberg Saturday Science is an outreach program started in January 2009 that exposes area high school and home-schooled students to science and its many possibilities. Nine academic departments – biology, chemistry, communication, computer science, geography, geology, mathematics, physics and psychology – are collaborating on the program, which is scheduled to run once a month during the school year.
While the format sometimes varies, programs normally feature a public presentation by a Wittenberg faculty member on an accessible science topic, likely something outside the typical high school curriculum. On April 16, McWhorter will discuss the ways that police determine guilt or innocence of suspects based on DNA evidence.
After a continental breakfast in the David L. Hobson Atrium, students then take part in a science experience led by current Wittenberg students and their professors. McWhorter will lead an activity in which participants will make their own DNA necklaces and determine the guilt or innocence of suspects.
McWhorter graduated from Marietta College in 2000 and earned her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2005. She teaches a variety of biology courses, including developmental biology and molecular neurobiology, and her research interests include the development of the nervous system in vertebrate embryos, specifically the zebrafish.
Wittenberg Saturday Science is funded by a grant from Future Jobs, a regional workforce development program. Wittenberg is a partner with Future Jobs, and University President Mark H. Erickson is a member of its board of directors.
There is no cost to participate in Wittenberg Saturday Science, and the public is welcome to attend the lecture portion. However, space is limited for the hands-on experience. To register for the event, go to http://www.wittenberg.edu/science-outreach. For more information, e-mails can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written By: Ryan Maurer