Students enjoy dining with scientists

Sun-Star staffApril 5, 2013 

— Aspiring middle school scientists broke bread last week with real-life scientists at UC Merced.

The seventh annual Dinner With A Scientist event brought nearly 20 scientists, ranging from chemists and medical doctors to biologists and even a crime scene investigator, and about 150 middle school students from seven Merced County school districts to UC Merced's Lantern Room, according to a Merced County Office of Education news release.

MCOE, in conjunction with UC Merced, holds the event to give county students a chance to interact with scientists from a variety of fields during dinner in a professional environment.

Each table had about eight students, a teacher and a scientist, which made for a good ratio and great conversation.

Students switched tables two more times during the event to give them opportunities to meet and speak with scientists in different fields, according to the news release.

The keynote presenters were DonnaLee Hartman, a crime scene investigator with the Merced Police Department, and Adrienne Castro, a conservation educator from the Fresno Chaffee Zoo.

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