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Lectures on Ebola, Statistics, and Technology!

Today the delegates enjoyed lectures by Dr. Jim Tucker, a Senior Biospheric Scientist for NASA, Dr Aaron Morris of Autodesk, and Dr. Alyson Wilson of North Carolina State. Dr. Tucker’s lecture, entitled “Ebola Virus Outbreak: Where, When, and Why?” informed delegates of the intricate complexities of the Ebola virus. Dr. Aaron  Morris dove into the practical uses of his state of the art 3-d modeling technology. Dr. Alyson Wilson’s lecture, “Statistics and Big Science”covered her experience with air defense artillery systems.

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The staph members hosted seminars today, covering a range of topics, including: Italian, Ultimate Frisbee, Dance Dance Revolution, and Business 101. Many delegates have also joined the National Youth Science Camp Choir, which had its first rehearsal today.

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Ian Lawson from New Jersey playing frisbee.

 

 

Delegates Start Directed Studies! Get pumped!

The 2015 delegation had their first “typical” day at NYSC today, though no days are really “typical”. They embarked on their first of three days in directed studies offered by guest scientists.  This block’s directed study options for delegates include:

Ss and Science Policy with Dr. Alyson Wilson
The Science of Reality Computing: Turning Things into Data, Data into Things, and What Happens in Between with Dr. Aaron Morris
Photovoltaic Power System Design (plus some other fun solar energy stuff) with Mr. Jeff Gilbert
Structural Biology in Post-Genomic Era with Dr. Pam Twigg
Cybersecurity with Ms. Diane Miller and Mr. Terry Levoy
Holography with Dr. Ralph Oberly
The Heart is a Pickled Thing with Dr. Kyle Duff
The Human Brain: Sampling Structure and Function! with Dr. Jim Culbertson
The Great Outdoors: Hiking, Biking, and Climbing with NYSC Outdoor Staph
Mr. Jeff Gilbert's guides students through his directed study on Photovoltaic Power System Design.
Mr. Jeff Gilbert’s guides students through his directed study on Photovoltaic Power System Design.
Naathan Mohan working in the Cybersecurity directed study
Naathan Mohan working in the Cybersecurity directed study.

In the afternoon, staph members offered seminars in a variety of areas, including acapella, table-top Role Play Games, and Origami. The evening lecture “Paradise Under the Knife,” by Mr. Allan Daly, discussed his work as the Medical Mission Coordinator for the Marovo Medical Foundation, in the Solomon Islands.

Students during the Science of Reality Computing directed study
Students during the Science of Reality Computing directed studyRohith Venkataraman participates in a Structural Biology directed study

Rohith Venkataraman participates in a Structural Biology directed study

Delegates Arrive to Camp Pocahontas!

Meals in the University of Charleston Ballroom
Meals in the University of Charleston Ballroom

The 2015 delegation woke up this morning at the University of Charleston and began their day on campus, with breakfast, a lecture, and lunch.  The Martha Wehrle Opening Lecture at the University of Charleston Ballroom by Charles Patton, the President and COO of Appalachian Power, was a great start to the 2015 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC).

Delegates as they arrive to Camp Pocahontas
Delegates as they arrive to Camp Pocahontas

After lunch, delegates and staph boarded sleek and shiny coach buses to head towards Camp Pocahontas.  The evening activities included dinner, a camp tour, official staph introductions, evening snack (the Pluto of meals), and finally cabin meetings.

 

NYSC Fly-In!

CHARLESTON, WV–The 2015 session of the National Youth Science Camp starts today as delegates arrive at Charleston’s Yeager Airport and begin their nearly month-long experience with science enrichment. As delegates arrive, they will be transported to Coonskin Park to kick off their participation in the program.

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A view of Yeager Airport landing strip with the surrounding mountains and cloudy sky.

Afterwards, they will travel to the nearby University of Charleston to spend the night in the dorms. They will hopefully start to adjust to the 11:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M. sleep schedule that is structured at the camp. The next day, Charles Patton, the president of Appalachian Power, will deliver the Martha Wehrle Opening Lecture at the University of Charleston Ballroom (3rd Floor–Geary Student Union). The lecture will give a broad introduction to the energy industry and policies that it regulates and impacts. The event is free and open to anybody interested in coming.

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University of Charleston