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AC inviting public to tour new STEM Research Center with lecture to follow

Amarillo College is inviting the entire community to take part in a midday dedication of its recently completed STEM Research Center during a celebratory Open House on Sept. 27. (Courtesy: Amarillo College)

Amarillo College is inviting the community to take part in a midday dedication of its recently completed STEM Research Center during a celebratory Open House on Sept. 27.

The event will feature exploratory tours of the nearly 12,000 square-foot laboratory and greenhouse and the festivities will conclude with a special guest lecture.

The public presentation begins at 10:30 a.m. at the STEM Research Center on S. Van Buren Street, located just north of W. 24th Avenue on the Washington Street Campus.

AC President Russell Lowrey-Hart will give welcoming remarks at 10:45 a.m. and visitors may then tour the new Center, where AC experts will be standing by until 1 p.m. to expound on its many scholarly assets.

As a capstone to activities of the day, Richard Jack, operations manager at Bayer Trait Development Greenhouse of Lubbock, will be featured in a free installment of AC's STEM Research Center Lecture Series.

Jack will present his lecture at 1 p.m. in Ordway Hall, at the corner of Washington Street and W. 22nd Avenue, where he will explain technology relationships between research and wholesale greenhouse production.

AC's fully automated STEM Research Center, and the Lecture Series, are the result of a $4.9 million grant AC received from the US Department of Education.

The Hispanic-Serving Institution-STEM Grant empowered AC to constructed the facility, which was completed in August, and to expand its academic offerings. AC rolled out its new Horticulture Program this fall and in various stages of development are programs in Biotechnology, Environmental Science and Sustainable Resources.

The grant also provided an allowance for cutting-edge equipment. STEM students at AC can now conduct research utilizing everything from a fluorescence microscope for live cell imaging to a gas chromatograph for analysis of soil and plant chemicals.

Information on STEM-related program offerings at AC can be found by calling (806) 371-5000.

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