"Curiosity as a Catalyst" 

Keynote Speaker - Emily Graslie

Keynote Speaker:  Emily Graslie

Emily Graslie

Emily Graslie was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota. After moving to Missoula, Montana to pursue an undergraduate degree in fine art painting, she fell in love with the campus vertebrate research collection as a place of artistic inspiration. What started off as a passionate volunteering position within a small museum eventually transformed into a full-time career as an advocate for these under-appreciated repositories. Now she lives in Chicago, and work as The Field Museum's 'Chief Curiosity Correspondent,' where she uses a variety of new media to communicate the importance of natural history museums with the world..

"Cryogenics with Mr. Freeze"

Guest Speaker - Jerry Zimmerman

Keynote Speaker: Jerry Zimmerman

Jerry Zimmerman

Employed as an Engineering Physicist with the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia, Jerry Zimmerman has volunteered as the Lab's third incarnation of "Mr. Freeze" since 1997. Providing demonstrations to thousands of students each year as his alter-ego Mr. Freeze, Zimmerman is dedicated to motivating and encouraging young people to better appreciate and study science. Making science fun, the Mr. Freeze demonstration shows the interesting and entertaining properties of cryogenics and extreme cold using Liquid Nitrogen (LN2). Sponsored by Fermilab since the 1970s, Mr. Freeze provides an exciting science-based show with lots of surprises mixed with interesting scientific facts..

"ReThink: Stopping Cyberbulling before the Damage is Done" 

Guest Speaker - Trisha Prabhu

Keynote Speaker: Trisha Prabhu

Trisha Prabhu

Trisha Prabhu is a 17-year-old innovator, social entrepreneur, advocate and inventor of ReThink - an effective way to stop cyberbullying. She is currently attending Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Illinois. Trisha is a global advocate and a change-agent who has spoken at TED and various global platforms, universities, schools, and communities to raise awareness about the scourge of cyberbullying, to stop the hate on the Internet and engage adolescents to spread positivity and tolerance around the world. She has also used these platforms to advocate for Social Entrepreneurship and STEM education - especially for girls!


This event is funded pursuant to a grant from the Illinois Community College Board and funded partially through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006.

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