Science in our Valley series to focus on Environment, Pharmaceuticals, and Health Sciences

Wenatchee - Scientists, and science educators, in the Wenatchee Valley have been gathering for the past year for a weekly research seminar series to connect with one another and bring their research to the community. This fall the community of local researchers from Washington State University, Wenatchee Valley College, the regional United States Department of Agriculture labs, among several others will welcome a pair of research scientists to learn more about the state and national issues that have impact locally.

On Nov. 7, at the WSU Tree Fruit and Research Extension Center will welcome Dr. John Roll. Dr. Roll is a professor and the Senior Vice Chancellor at the WSU Health Sciences campus. He will speak about the WSU Health Sciences programs and the Opioid crisis in Washington and across the United States.

The presentation is scheduled from 4-5 p.m. at the WSU Tree Fruit and Research Extension Center.

On Nov. 14 the Science in Our Valley Series will feature, Dr. Juan VillaRomero. Dr. VillaRomero is an EPA Star Fellow, and research scientist from UC Berkeley. His presentation will explore the tools and databases that have brought poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to the forefront of discussions focused on drinking water quality, and the regulation of toxic substances to deal with the issue of environmental quality and public health. Dr. VillaRomero’s presentation will be held at the Wenatchee Valley College Grove Auditorium from 4-5 p.m.

Both presentations are free and open to the public. Educators who wish to attend the series can earn STEM clock hours for attending these seminars through the North Central Educational Services District.

The Science In Our Valley Seminar Series is hosted through a collaborative partnership between the Apple STEM Network, the United States Department of Agriculture Research Station, the North Central Educational Service District, Wenatchee Valley College, the Washington State University Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center, and is foundational to the BRIDGE Research and Innovation District.

The Science in Our Valley Seminar series is free to attend and open to the public. The content is intended for a ‘science-based’ audience including researchers, postdoctoral scientists, graduate students, undergraduate scientists, K-12 educators and science enthusiasts.  

The Apple STEM Network is a three-dimensional alliance of K-12, Higher Ed and community partners. We represent a diverse region with tremendous potential for STEM industry in agriculture, energies and innovation. With our collective effort we intend to: provide a constructive support system for educators who aim to meet the rising challenge for all students to develop 21st century skills and STEM literacy, to integrate community mentorship, promote authentic project-based learning and field experiences for all levels of education, and engage students in exploring the world of opportunities on the horizon through STEM.

The North Central Educational Service District is a resource to the 29 districts within the four-county service area, providing professional and timely tools to meet the needs of individual schools and districts, and a reliable point of education-related information for the communities served. The NCESD is a respected resource to other ESDs throughout Washington State.

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