The Science Club attended a presentation, Manya, A Visit with Marie Curie, at SUNY Fredonia on February 9. The performance was by Susan Marie Frontczak. Members got to travel back to 1915 to witness the struggles and triumphs of the scientist who discovered a new element that really glows in the dark. Marie Curie is best known for the discovery of radium and radioactivity and the first treatments for cancer, but few understand the obstacles she faced just to get into the laboratory. The performance included a Question & Answer with the presenter.
After the presentation the students were given a tour of the New Science Center with Dr. Holly Lawson and Dr. Kathleen Lesniak. Students visited many of the student and research laboratories. Students were introduced to current research being done by Dr. Scott Medler in his study of cellular and molecular organization of skeletal muscles and how these properties change in response to development, exercise, and other demands. He explained to students how he is studying skeletal muscles in running ghost crabs, with the goal of understanding how these muscles power rapid running. The day proved to be both fun and educational for all who attended.