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International science team meets at FMU for ScienceSouth Think Tank

FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University will host a ScienceSouth Think Tank on Feb. 22 and 23.

Seventeen scientists, including six from FMU, will participate. Scientists and technicians representing General Electric, DuPont Teijin Films, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Clemson University, Florence-Darlington Technical College and the University of South Carolina will brainstorm scientific topics as diverse as super-conducting magnets and salamanders.

Nine international science center experts will also participate in the session. They include teams from Tucson, Ariz.; Canada, the Netherlands, Germany and Scotland and will bring the collective experience of more than 25 science centers worldwide.

The ScienceSouth Think Tank is the first in a series of workshops and community feedback sessions planned in March and April. “The result of this workshop will be a conceptual plan that will describe the scientific themes and the design approach for ScienceSouth,” explained Colleen Zilio, ScienceSouth project director. “ScienceSouth will gain further insights and present these concepts to the community in the upcoming months.” These defining concepts will be further developed to create the visitor experiences, infrastructure and criteria for site selection.

The ScienceSouth project is a 21st-century hands-on science center that will provide an educational and family-oriented entertainment experience for the 100,000 students and 650,000 residents of the region. ScienceSouth has garnered $500,000 in funds from Congress. In addition, significant funds, as well as in-kind support and volunteers, have been provided by Roche Carolina Inc., the Junior League of Florence, the Pee Dee Education Center, and CP&L.

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Last Published: April 13, 2004 5:27 AM
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