Science Day a hit on Ozarks campus

Release Date: 11/20/2006

Exposition of science draws students from several high schools.

CLARKSVILLE, ARK. (Nov. 20, 2006) -- On a day devoted to science at Ozarks, high school students had the chance to learn about opportunities available in studying science at the college level.

Students from six high schools gathered on the Ozarks campus Nov. 15 to test their knowledge of science on written tests.

Awards were presented following the tests, which covered knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics.

University leaders urged the students to continue pursuing their passion for science.

"We cannot make sound policy decisions without good knowlege of science," Ozarks Vice President for Academic Affairs Dan Taddie told the students, adding that there are many fulfilling careers available to science graduates.

Ozarks President Rick Niece pointed out that there are currently 10 Ozarks graduates studying medicine and other subjects at University of Arkansas for Medical Science in Little Rock, and that Ozarks students have the opportunity to work with professors on scientific research.

Clarksville High School science teacher Heath Spiller said his group of 17 students were interested in coming to science day to see the science demonstrations offered. Ozarks professors showcased experiments in chemistry, physics, genetics and zoology.

Spiller and Johnson County Westside science teacher Chris Rink both said their students have expressed interest in studying science at the college level, with Rink noting that one of his students has expressed an interest in chemistry and pre-pharmacy.