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Bowdoin to Host Conference on Minorities in the Sciences

Story posted February 03, 2003

Bowdoin College will host a conference on minorities in the sciences at the professional and collegiate levels on Saturday, February 8, in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center.

Panels made up of professionals, alumni and students will address such issues as mentoring, hiring, affirmative action, job searches, and the challenges of completing a science major at college.

The professional panel begins at 1 p.m., the alumni panel at 2 p.m., and the student panel at 3 p.m.

According to event organizer Derrick Duplessey '02, co-president of the Bowdoin African American Society, the conference developed in response to the increasing number of minority students at Bowdoin entering as science majors (primarily biology and chemistry) and the few who actually succeed in completing the science major.

"It is our hope to make the larger community aware of under-appreciation of minorities in the sciences, and how it affects us all," Duplessey says.

Panelists will include Jim Austin, editor/writer for Science magazine; Nolan Thompson, University of Southern Maine; Dr. Lynda Jordan, Harvard Divinity School; Dr. Linda Grisham, Lesley University; alumni Ernest Levroney '93 and Aurelia Hall '02; and current Bowdoin students.

The panels are free and open to the public.

A dinner and keynote speech by Bowdoin trustee Dr. Greg Kerr '79, a professor at Cornell Medical School, will be held at 6 p.m. in Main Lounge, Moulton Union. Due to space limitations, registration is required for the dinner.

The conference and dinner are sponsored by Bowdoin's African American Society, departments of chemistry and biology, and Student Activities.

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