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Virginia Academy and Junior Academy of Science Annual Meetings
May 22, 2009

Hundreds of scientists, science educators and students from across the state will converge on Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) for the annual meetings of the Virginia Academy of Science and the Virginia Junior Academy of Science. The meetings will be held from May 26th through May 29th, with speakers, research presentations and networking opportunities throughout the four-day event. About 700 members from the groups are expected to attend, and a large number of them will stay on campus.

The VJAS meeting features a lecture by Kevin Whaley, M.D., with the Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on “Postmortem Identification of Mass Disaster Victims.” Both groups will attend the George W. Jeffers Memorial Lecture, “Necessity is the Mother of Invention: The Story of the SwiPM3,” with inventor Sheldon Retchin, M.D., vice president for Health Sciences and CEO of the VCU Health System. The senior group will attend the Academy Conference and Sidney S. Negus Memorial Lecture, “Woundstat: From Bench to Bedside and Beyond,” with Kevin Ward, M.D., a VCU emergency physician and associate director of the VCU Reanimation Engineering Shock Center (VCURES); Robert Diegelmann, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry, anatomy & emergency medicine at the VCU School of Medicine; and Gary Bowlin, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering.

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