Issue 42.2 April - June 2008
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Education and Student Committees Co-Sponsored Events Planned for 2008 Meeting (Reprinted by popular request)

The up-coming SIVB World Congress in Tucson AZ will include three educational sessions hosted by the new SIVB Student Committee and co-sponsored by the SIVB Education Committee. These sessions are described in detail on the SIVB web site. Log-on to and scroll down to the Education Symposia for complete descriptions.

Beginning on Saturday, June 14, from 4 - 6 PM (just prior to the opening reception) Jerry Ranch and Nancy Engelmann will convene "Non-Technical Skills for the Working Scientist" a session designed to educate students and their advisors about some of the non-bench skills that are necessary to be marketable employees in industry, academia, and government. Four speakers from industry and academia will be covering topics including: Contrasting Academic and Corporate Culture, Skills for Effective Leadership and Successful Teamwork, Understanding Intellectual Property, and The Recipe for Success in Business.

On Sunday, June 15, from 6:30 -9 PM (immediately following the Keynote Reception) Nancy Engelmann will convene "Student Professional Development - CV/Resume Writing and Interviewing Skills". This session will begin with a short formal program of two presentations: one on resumes and CVs, and the second on interviewing skills and the differences between Academia and Industry. These will be followed by an extended breakout session during which attendees can have their resumes and CVs reviewed, and participate in mock interviews. Each of the interview blocks will be limited to 15 minutes or so in order to allow enough time for you to work with multiple interviewers. We hope to have many senior people available from industry, government and academic institutions. So bring your questions and resume or CV and join us for an interactive evening.

Our final session on Monday, June 16, from 12:30 -2 PM will be a Roundtable Student Networking Luncheon convened by Nancy Engelmann and Philip Kauth. Here you will have the opportunity for a recap of the previous two days' activities, as well as time to meet with and talk to the speakers and mock interviewers. Our goal here is to provide an informal venue for students to network with each other and with our more established SIVB members.

Submitted by Elizabeth Roemer, Chair - Education Committee
Re-submitted by co-editors Carol Stiff and Mike Fay

Free Hands-On Plant Tissue Culture Workshop
Carol Stiff, president and founder of Kitchen Culture Education Technologies, Inc., will be presenting a workshop "Plant tissue culture in the classroom and home" off-site on June 14 (Saturday) in Tucson. This is not part of official SIVB activities. Carol is offering four free spaces for any SIVB student members who might need to learn "inexpensive methods" for teaching plant tc for future teaching jobs. You must provide your own transportation as this is not at the hotel. Contact Carol at to let her know you are coming or get further information.



Developing our future scientists through scientific inquiry: Science Fair

Nirmal Joshee, Fort Valley State University, has been mentoring local students for several years and his students have had spectacular achievements this year in science fair competitions:

Johnny Fells III

Johnny Fells III, an 11th grade student at Northside High School, presented: In Vitro Conservation of Scutellaria barbata: Synseed Technology. His category was plant sciences and he was awarded First Place at the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair in Athens and the National Society of Black Engineers Pre-colligated Science Fair in Orlando, and received 2nd place at the National Organization of the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers Science Fair in Philidelphia. Johnny received recognition from The Society for In Vitro Biology again at the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair. He will also be a Georgia representative at the Southeast Regional BioGENEius Challenge.


Will Freeman is a 7th grade student at Warner Robins Middle School and his project title was "Which Media and Media Compositions will enhance in vitro regeneration of a medicinal plant, Scutellaria Lateriflora?" . His category was plant science and he won the Certificate of Merit from FVSU and a $50.00 bond, was First Place State Winner, received a nomination to the SSP Middle School Program, and advanced to the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair.


Somnath Das

Somnath Das, a 7th grade student from Bonaire Middle School, presented the topic: "The Effect of Stratification on the Endangered Pitcher Plant Sarracenia leucophylla. His category was Environmental Management and he was 1st Place Winner plus received $50.00 in recognition from Flint Energies Inc., and will advance and participate in the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair at the state level and the Discovery Young Scientists Challenge. He had also won recognition from the U.S Department of Agriculture.




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