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Winthrop University hosts SCJAS Fall Workshop.


The South Carolina Junior Academy of Science (SCJAS) held its Fall 2010 Workshop at Winthrop University on October 23, 2010. Organized by Dr. Merry Sleigh, a Winthrop psychology professor and SCAS council member, the theme of the workshop was Using Science to Understand Human Behavior.

The keynote speaker for the workshop was Dr. Darren Ritzer whose presentation Mythbusters: Psychology Style enthralled and involved the entire audience as he debunked popular but incorrect ideas through psychological research.

Among the outstanding breakout sessions was Sexting: Who is doing it and why? presented by Dr. Tracy Griggs and Ms. Cecile Gadson. Other sessions that were enthusiastically received by participants included, Getting it on: The psychology of love and relationships (Dr. Matt Hayes and Dr. Cheryl Fortner-Wood), "11 people murdered.... live at 5: Criminology through the media's lens" (Dr. Bradley Tripp), Personality tests: What can they tell you about you? (Meagan Burns, Adrianne Galassie, and Erin Sim), The sociology of Facebook: Underlying rules for social interaction (Dr. Jeannie Weil), and An exploration of positive psychology (Dr. Donna Nelson).

A delicious buffet lunch was provided by the Winthrop dining service. Workshop participants then had the opportunity to tour the Winthrop campus. SCJAS Program Director Mrs. Tammy Taylor, who worked with Dr. Sleigh on the workshop agenda, said," This is one of the best workshops that we have ever had. Our students were extremely impressed with the programs and facilities offered at Winthrop University". Following last year's workshops at Coastal Carolina University and the SC State Museum, the SCJAS continues to offer strong programs that enrich and encourage science education and research for students throughout South Carolina."

The popular SCJAS Challenge Bowl was also held and allowed students to test their knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics, and math. Dr. Roger Schmidt of Columbia College coordinated the event, as he has done for the past 25 years!

The SCJAS would like to express a sincere thank you to Winthrop University and all of the Winthrop teachers and students who contributed their time and expertise to make this a wonderful workshop experience!
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Publication:Newsletter of the South Carolina Academy of Science
Date:Mar 22, 2011
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