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April 29-30: Hood to participate in STEM conference

Thursday, April 28, 2016

FREDERICK, Md.—Hood College will participate in a state-wide conference for Maryland community colleges about STEM–related topics Friday and Saturday at Frederick Community College.

Friday will be focused on professional development for community college students. The conference will open at 1:30 p.m. when keynote speaker Professor Paul Bushmann of Anne Arundel Community College will present “Engaging Students in STEM Research: Horseshoe Crab Ecology in the Chesapeake Bay.”

Following the talk, Hood will have two students talking about their summer research experiences, in conjunction with some students from Carroll Community College. The Hood students will also be presenting a poster on their summer work, and Hood will have a table to demonstrate the XRF x-ray instrument and to tell the students more about the college.

Saturday will include concurrent sessions focused toward STEM faculty. Hood, Frederick Community College and Mount St. Mary’s University will be running sessions demonstrating all of the instrumentation purchased through its NSF-IUSE grant. Also, a presentation by Howard Hughes Medical Institute will take place over lunch along with a viewing of the 20-minute film “The Biology of Skin Color.” The keynote speaker, Professor Rajini Rao of The Johns Hopkins University, will offer a presentation titled “Nature vs. Nurture: Addressing the Gender Gap in STEM.” The Conference will conclude with the last session ending at 3 p.m.

There will be eight community colleges and 10 four-year institutions represented at the conference. For more information about Hood’s role in the conference, contact Chris Stromberg at or 301-696-3678. For general conference information, contact Raza Khan at or 410-386-8222.