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Dr. Bernard A. Harris Jr., Astronaut and President of the Harris Foundation, graduated from Sam Houston High School in San Antonio, Texas in 1974.  Dr. Harris worked at NASA for ten years, where he conducted research in musculoskeletal physiology and disuse osteoporosis.  Selected into the Astronaut Corp in January 1990, Dr. Harris was a Mission Specialist on the Space Shuttle Columbia STS-55/Spacelab D-2 in 1993.  As Payload Commander on Space Shuttle Discovery STS-63 in 1995, he served on the first flight of the joint Russian-American Space Program, becoming the first African American to walk in space. Dr. Harris, a veteran astronaut for over nineteen years, has logged more than 438 hours and traveled over 7.2 million miles in space. Dr. Harris is involved in extensive work to promote STEM education and leads The Dream Tour, a program supported by the Exxon Mobil Foundation that provides motivational messages to students throughout the U.S.

To read more about Dr. Harris, please visit The Harris Foundation.org.

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11:00 – 2:00 p.m.        Engineering & Robotics Expo
An Inside Look at the Flash, Fun, and Future of STEM Careers & Technology
Venue: Columbus State University, Woodruff Gym

Interact with industry leaders on the cutting edge of engineering, aerospace, and robotics applications. See robots in action, get an up-close look at the technology that is building the future, and find out how YOU can be a part of it all!

INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING AS AN EXHIBITOR? CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
There are no exhibitor or table fees; however, space is limited, so register early!
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MARCH 21, 2013


  12:00 – 2:30 p.m.        NeXtGen STEM Roundtable Lunch & Forum
Building Successful Industry Partnerships in Support of STEM Education & Workforce Development
Venue: Columbus State University, Cunningham Center for Leadership Development

This roundtable lunch forum will highlight unique industry-education partnerships that are paving the way for future STEM education and workforce development. Each participating institution will have an opportunity to briefly describe their specific partnerships and success, which will be followed by a panel discussion and open Q&A.

We hope you will consider participating in this important initiative. Your leadership and perspective are vital as we engage in productive dialogue, identify key strategies, and build a sustainable vision for meeting Georgia's next generation STEM needs.

Panel Members & Partner Teams:

  • Dr. Kamau Bobb – Coordinator, USG STEM Initiative
  • Dr. Tom Hackett – Provost, Columbus State University
  • Columbus State University & TSYS (Computer Science Fast Track - ICAPP)
    • Dr. Wayne Summers – Department Chair, TSYS School of Computer Science
  • Spelman College (G-STEM)
    • Jennifer Johnson – G-STEM Program Coordinator
  • Fort Valley State University (Cooperative Development Energy Program)
    • Dr. Danielle Gray-Singh – Associate VP Academic Affairs
    • Dr. Isaac Crumbly – Associate VP for Career & Collaborative Programs, Director of CDEP
    • Andrew Bouldin – Southern Company
  • Georgia Tech & SpaceWorks Enterprises (Student Internship Experience)
    • Dr. Stephen Ruffin – Associate Professor, School of Aerospace Engineering, Director of Georgia Space Grant Consortium
    • Dr. John Olds – CEO, SpaceWorks Enterprises
  • XCOR Aerospace (Commercial Space & Student/Education Payloads)
    • Khaki Rodway – Payload Specialist, XCOR Aerospace

Moderator:

Becca Hardin – Executive VP for Economic Development, Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce

COST : $15 per person
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MARCH 21, 2013

TO REGISTER FOR THE ROUNDTABLE LUNCH AND FORUM AND/OR THE HUNTER LECTURE,
CLICK HERE.


7:00 – 8:30 p.m.          Columbus State University's 2013 Hunter Lecture Series Presents:
                                    Dr. Bernard Harris, President & Founder of The Harris Foundation, Inc.

Venue: Iron Works Convention and Trade Center, Foundry Hall

In addition to his work with the Harris Foundation, Dr. Bernard Harris currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Vesalius Ventures, Inc., a venture capital firm that invests in early to mid stage Healthcare technologies and companies.

Prior to Vesalius Ventures, Dr. Harris was at NASA for ten years, where he conducted research in musculoskeletal physiology and disuse osteoporosis. Later, as Head of the Exercise Countermeasure Project, he conducted clinical investigations of space adaptation and developed in-flight medical devices to extend astronaut stays in space, which involved the use of telemetry. A veteran astronaut for over eighteen years, he has logged more than 438 hours and traveled over 7.2 million miles in space. On his second flight, Dr. Harris conducted the first telemedicine conference from space with the Mayo Clinic and became the first African American to walk in space.

A man of visionary leadership, Dr. Harris has built a legacy of innovation as an astronaut, medical and business professional, and passionate philanthropist in support of crime prevention and STEM education. This lecture program offers a relevant message for today's medical, business, scientific, and educational leaders as well as a motivational charge for the emerging leaders of tomorrow.

Event is FREE, however, seating is limited and tickets must be reserved in advance

 

TO REGISTER FOR THE ROUNDTABLE LUNCH AND FORUM AND/OR THE HUNTER LECTURE,
CLICK HERE.

Registration for the Hunter Lecture is not required for CSU students and faculty;
however it is highly encouraged to guarantee your ticket and priority seating.

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10:00 – 11:00 a.m.      "Dreaming" with Dr. Bernard Harris
A Program to Inspire Columbus' Middle & High School Educational Community
Venue: Columbus State University, University Hall

Due to an overwhelming response in support of this program, we have currently filled all seats. Please direct any questions regarding your reservation to Mary Johnson at 706-649-1486 or mary@ccssc.org.


3:00 – 4:30 p.m.          We Teach with UTeach
A Workshop Focusing on the Challenges, Best Practices, & Innovative Solutions for Next Generation STEM Teacher Preparation
Venue: Columbus State University, Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center Auditorium


Columbus State University Student Ambassador Registration
Interested in serving as a CSU Student Ambassador for any of these 2013 Immersion Conference events? REGISTER HERE!