February 16, 2007

Leader In Neurobiology To Speak At District School Castle Park High hosts UCSD’s Dr. Macagno as part of the Healing the Community event

Dr. Eduardo Macagno, Dean of UCSD’s School of Biological Science and leader in the field of Neurobiology, will provide the keynote speech “My Journey From Space Physics to Brain Science” at the Healing the Community event at Castle Park High School on Saturday, February 17.

At the beginning of the U.S. Space program, Dr. Macagno was involved with building and testing instruments used in the early emissions of the Explorer and Vanguard satellite programs. In addition to hearing from one of the earliest Latino space scientists, students will attend breakout sessions on “hot” careers of tomorrow in science and medicine, how to perform research as a UCSD student through the Hughes Scholar Program and how to transfer to UCSD as a science major from community college.

The Sweetwater District is a primary partner in UCSD’s Healing the Community initiative, a bioscience outreach effort sponsored by the UCSD School of Medicine and the university’s Student Educational Advancement Division for high school science students from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or who will be the first in their families to attend college.

As an advocate for encouraging more educationally and economically disadvantaged students to pursue a college degree, Dr. Macagno will talk about his personal journey through science and the challenges he faced along the way. All district students and their parents and undergraduates from UCSD with an interest in the fields of medicine, medical research, biological sciences and bioengineering have been invited to attend.

Date/Location: Saturday, February 17 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m; Dr. Macagno speaking at 9:45 in the Student Union and break-out informational sessions starting at 11:00.

Castle Park High School, 1395 Hilltop Drive, Chula Vista.

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