SCJAS Fall 2015 Workshop

Inheritance, DNA damage, mutations, and DNA repair: protecting biological information at its source

South Carolina Junior Academy of Science (SCJAS)
2015 Fall Workshop
Saturday, October 10th, 2015 
Center for Advanced technical Studies (CATS)
916 Mount Vernon Church Road
Chapin, SC  29036

Online Registration
Registration for the Fall 2015 Workshop will open on September 15th.  

Campus Map
The address of Furman University is 3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville, SC 29613. A printable campus map can be found at: Furman Campus Map. Registration will take place in Kohrt Commons (Townes Center for Science, #30); Welcome Ceremony and Keynote Address will take place in Burgiss Theatre (Trone Student Center, #28). Workshop Sessions and Challenge Bowl will be held in labs and classrooms throughout campus. Lunch will be served in Daniel Dining Hall (#27).
[Note: You will receive a campus map in your registration  packet upon arrival.]

This link will provide driving directions from Charlotte, Atlanta, Asheville and Columbia (as well as a Google map if needed).

Drop-off and Parking
Busses may drop off participants in front of Townes Center for Science (#30-32). Vehicles can then park in Chapel Lots (across the Mall from the Townes Science Center) or near the Trone Student Center (parking area near the lake and adjacent to the book store). Vehicles will not need passes for parking in these locations; however, it will be helpful to campus police if contact information (e.g. a cell phone number) for the driver could be included in the front window of the vehicle.

Registration will be in Kohrt Commons in the Townes Center for Science (#30). Plenary Session (and Closing Session) will be in Burgiss Theatre (located in the Trone Student Center; #28 on the map) which is a short 5-minute walk form the Townes Science Center.
Schedule of Events
Registration                      8:00 – 9:00 a.m.   Kohrt Commons (Townes Science Center)
Plenary Session                9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Burgiss Theatre (Trone Student Center)
Plenary Address:              Dr Mike Wyatt (Univeristy of South Carolina)  Department of Drug Discovery and Biomedical Science 
Inheritance, DNA damage, mutations, and DNA repair: 
                        protecting biological information at its source
Session #1                       10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Session #2                       11:30 – 12:30 
Lunch 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.   Furman Dining Hall
Session #3                       1:45 – 2:45 
Closing Session                3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Burgiss Theatre (Trone Student Center)

Break-Out / Hands-On Sessions (Current List of Offerings) 
A variety of Break-Out (Hands-on ) sessions have been organized for this workshop.  When you register for the meeting - you will have the option of selecting your top four choices for sessions to attend.  While we can not guarantee any specific session - we will make every effort to place you in sessions that you requested. Those selections with a PD designation are recommended for teachers only (these sessions are being created to enable teachers to connect their workshop experience with their classroom instruction).  Titles are listed below - the following link has short descriptions of each session :  Session Descriptions

Forensic  Science
Forensic Science (PD)
It's Not Brain Surgery (Sheep Brain Dissection)                          
Learning About the Brian Through Hands-on Study (PD)
Shark Dissection
Forensic Anthropology : Whose Bone is It
Chemistry Olympiad Lab Practicum I (Qualitative Analysis)
Chemistry Olympiad Lab Practicum II (Gas Laws and Stoichiometry)
Chemistry Olympiad Lab Practicum III (Gravimetric Analysis)
Creativity, Innovation and Design : Conducting and Presenting a Competitive Science Fair Project
Nanochemistry in the Classroom 
Electrochemistry in the HS Curriculum (PD)
Planetarium Show
Polymers and Thermodynamics in the HS Curriculum (PD)
Instrumental Techniques in Chemistry
Chemistry and Art
Solving Problems with Maps: Hands-on Session Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Software

CATS  Tours
You are welcome to tour the campus on your own at any time. Tours are regularly scheduled at 11:00 a.m. on all Saturdays (meet at the Hartness Welcome Center; #22 on Map).  We will also work with Furman Admissions and Furman Ambassadors should be available during session #3 for tours of the campus.  For any specific questions about tours please email John Kaup (

Professional Development / Contiuing Education Credit for Teachers
Teachers attending the full workshop (this includes plenary session and Sessions #1, #2 and #3) will be eligible for up to 4 hours of continuing-education (PD) credit.  A signed certificate of attendance will be issued at the end of the workshop and teachers can submit this form to the appropriate individual in their district to obtain their professional development credit.

Challenge Bowl (Team Science Competition)
Teams of HS students (up to four on a team with three competing: one alternate) compete in a quiz show format.  Novice teams are composed of students that have not previously competed in the Challenge Bowl. Experienced (Expert) teams include one or more students that have previously completed in the Challenge Bowl.  For specific questions about the Challenge Bowl you can contact Roger Schmidt (SC Challenge Bowl Coordinator :  

11:30   First Preliminary Round Furman Hall Rooms: 108, 109, 110 and 111            
11:50   Second Preliminary Round Furman Hall Rooms: 108, 109, 110 and 111            
1:45     Final Round   Burgiss Theatre (Trone Student Center)

A buffet-style lunch is included in the registration fee. Lunch will be served at Daniel Dining Hall (#27 on the map).  Note: If you have food allergies, on a special diet, or have other food restrictions, please contact John Kaup with your specific needs.

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