The faculty and staff of The University of Texas-Pan American's College of Science and Engineering and the Departments of Biology and Chemistry will throw open the doors of the new Science Building to a variety of visiting groups during a special "Celebration of Science" Oct. 20-24.
A highlight of the week will be the dedication of the new facility on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock will be the keynote speaker at the ceremonies in Lecture Hall 2.102, which is located in the south wing of the building.
Also scheduled to speak is Dr. William H. Cunningham, chancellor of The University of Texas System. A reception will follow in the Science Building courtyard.
Kicking off the "Celebration of Science" activities on Monday, Oct. 20, will be tours of the new building for high school and junior high students, by appointment.
"We have invited schools from throughout the Valley, on a first-come, first-served basis, and we've had excellent response," said Dr. John Villarreal, interim dean of the College of Science and Engineering.
In addition to tours of the Science and Engineering Buildings, the high school and junior high groups will be treated to a special chemistry "magic show," by Dr. John Hogg, professor of chemistry at Texas A&M University. "We wanted the students to realize that the sciences, as fields of study and as a career, can be exciting as well as challenging," said Villarreal, who arranged for the special presentation.
Hogg will present shows to the visiting students at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The College of Science and Engineering also will welcome back a prominent alumnus, Dr. Robert W. Feldtman, who will present an Alumni Honors Lecture Tuesday, Oct. 21, following the dedication ceremony and reception. A member of the surgery faculty at The University of Texas at Houston Medical School, Feldtman will discuss "Ancient Wisdom in Modern Medical Practice" at 3 p.m. in the Science Building Room 2.104. His presentation is free and open to the public.
On the evening of Oct. 21, the university will host the fall meeting of the Rio Grande Valley Science Association as well as the 1997 Founders Day Dinner, at which Feldtman will be among the honorees.
Throughout the week, faculty members will share their research findings in poster sessions exhibited throughout the Science Building.