Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Hosts 14th Annual Math & Science Lecture Series
Dallas, TX – On March 24, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson hosted the 14th “Eddie Bernice Johnson Math and Science Lecture Series”, in partnership with the University of Texas at Dallas’, at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center in Dallas, Texas. The lecture series was started by the University of Texas at Dallas in an effort to expose Dallas-area high school students to career opportunities, and accomplished professionals in the disciplines of math and science. Due to the impending vote in Washington D.C. on the nation’s health care laws, Congresswoman Johnson was not in attendance. However, she sent greetings and remarks via her Director of Outreach, KL Newhouse, emphasizing the transformative nature of science and technology and how it shapes the future.
“Not long ago, Texas Instruments, right here at home, created the first micro-chip. That chip, about the size of a big moving box, was the first of its kind and it changed the world. Fast forward, and now micro-chips the size of your fingernail are hundreds and thousands of times more powerful. That micro-ship changed the way we think about and interact with the world around us. And so has been the rule of innovation. One discovery leads to another, and it changes the world around us.”
High school students at Townview were able to listen and learn from two pioneers in chemistry and physics from the University of Texas at Dallas, Dr. Walter Voit, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Material Sciences and Engineering, and Dr. Russell Stoneback, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics. Dr. Voit, spoke to students about organic electronics, and the use of thermomechanic shape memory polymers with 3D printed microchips to repair nerve damage. Dr. Stoneback, spoke to the students about his career journey from garage band member to research scientist, and the intersection of space weather in the magnetosphere and musical manipulations of soundwaves with light. Each speaker encouraged students to dream big and become the next innovators of STEM in the future.
At the conclusion of each speakers’ presentation, questions were answered from students in the audience.