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University Hosts STEM Summit

JULY 21, 2014 | BY EDWIN SMITH

The second annual STEM Summit focused on the impact of forensic science on 21st century workforce.

The second annual STEM Summit focused on the impact of forensic science on 21st century workforce.

Representatives from governmental agencies, including the FBI and DEA, grades K-12 and higher education participated in a national conference at the University of Mississippi.

The second annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Summit (STEM) met July 18-19, 2014. The two-day event was sponsored by UM’s forensic chemistry program, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Department of BioMolecular Sciences, the Mississippi State Crime Laboratory and the Committee for Action Program Services-Analytical Training Laboratory.

“The focus of this summit is to continue the effort to create a consortium of colleges, universities, corporations and government agencies,” said Murell Godfrey, UM director of forensic chemistry and associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry. “Our purpose is to address how forensic science will have an impact on the U.S. and the 21st century workforce.”

Scheduled UM speakers Friday included Godfrey; Tucker Carrington, director of the Mississippi Innocence Project and professor of law; and Maurice Eftink, UM associate provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. Other presenters were Darrell Davis, former director of the DEA South Central Laboratory and CEO/president of CAPS-ATL, and Sam Howell, director of the Mississippi State Crime Laboratory.

Friday events included tours of the university’s marijuana field and medicinal plant gardens, the city of Oxford and an agency panel discussion featuring representatives from the Army Crime Laboratory, Mississippi State Crime Laboratory, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, DEA, FBI, and Aegis Analytical Laboratory.

Saturday’s session included presentations by Christopher McCurdy, UM professor of medicinal chemistry and pharmacology, and representatives from the UM STEM research panel, Bay Waveland Middle School, Oxford-Lafayette County schools and the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science.

For more information, contact Professor Godfrey at 662-915-5143.