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BioFest at Merritt College

19 October 2012

In conjunction with the Bay Area Science Festival, Merritt College – one of the four colleges in the Peralta Community College District that includes Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Laney College in Oakland – is sponsoring the first annual “BioFest” on October 27th, 2012 from noon to 6 p.m. in the Huey Newton and Bobby Seale Lounge, R Building, Merritt College, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland, CA 94619. Parking will be free.

“BioFest at Merritt College is a celebration of technological advancements in Biotechnology, including Genomics and Microscopy” says Dr. Hank Fabian, faculty member in the Merritt Microscopy program. “The purpose of this event is to introduce the general public to emerging careers in biological sciences. Merritt College offers training for the jobs of tomorrow in the exciting fields of Genomics and Microscopy. This festival will include interactive activities for all ages, and is a great way to explore the fun side of biology.”

People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to come to BioFest – there will even be a scavenger hunt for kids. Additionally, opportunities will be available for participants to get their ancestry tested at a significant discount, look at their own cells under our many microscopes, or even bring their own material to use in our interactive microscope demos. Additionally, Merritt students will give presentations on modern health issues and their experiences being trained for these new careers.

Explore careers in biology through short seminars and individual interactions with industry experts, program graduates and career counselors. Tour our facilities and marvel at modern innovation in biology. Enjoy the video art installation “small worlds of wonder.” Win free gene ancestry testing, art prints and other fun prizes with our raffle and door prizes. Snack on tasty treats at the opening and closing receptions. Join us for a fun day! Reaffirm or even discover your own passion for science!

For more info: www.merrittmicroscopy.net
Contact person: Dr. Hank Fabian, hfabian@peralta.edu, 436-2616

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