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SACNAS Conference includes CRPC and Rice Representatives, Exhibit


The Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is meeting at the Adam's Mark Hotel, 2900 Briarpark, in Houston from October 9-12. The theme of the Sixth Annual SACNAS conference is "Building Alliances for Excellence in Science."

In addition to general sessions addressing issues of concern to undergraduates, graduates, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty members, conference workshops will cover the graduate school application process, exams, grant writing, financial planning, health issues, and opportunities at academic, industrial, and federal institutions.

On Saturday, October 11, at 9:15am in the hotel's Grand Ballroom, Richard Smalley, Ph.D., 1996 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, and Rice Physics professor, will give the keynote address for the conference. CRPC Director of Education and Outreach Programs Dr. Richard Tapia will introduce Professor Smalley.

Tapia will chair the K-12 Teacher Workshops sponsored by NASA on Saturday, October 11. He will also speak on "Awareness and Sensitivity Issues Affecting K-12 Education" at the workshop from 1:30-2:00pm in the Meadowglen Room of the hotel.

Other conference participants who have been active in CRPC programs include

  • Cynthia Lanius, Manager of K-12 Programs, CRPC, and mathematics teacher at Milby High School, Houston ISD, and
  • Lucille Barrera, West University Elementary School, Houston ISD.

Cynthia and Lucille will conduct content-specific workshops for teachers from 11:25am-12:15pm and 2:30-3:20pm (Cynthia only). Lucille will also make a special presentation about her award-winning "Scientist of the Month" program, 3:30-4:15pm in the Meadowglen Room.

The CRPC and Rice University will sponsor an exhibit in the Grand Pavillion. Rice University students participating include Melisa Ramos, Bill Christian, Illya Hicks, Cristina Villalobos, Pam Williams, Luis Melara, Nikki Williams and Regina Hill.

On Friday, October 10, 8:00-11:30pm, there will be a POW WOW at the hotel in conjunction with the conference. On Saturday, October 11, 7:00-10:00pm, the SACNAS Awards Banquet and Cultural Night will take place in the Grand Ballroom. The Honorable Diana Davila, Texas State Representative, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for the event.

More information about the conference can be found at

More information on SACNAS is available at