Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center

Kate Archer Kent

For a decade, Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center in Shreveport has hosted Science Academy, bussing dozens of elementary school students to the science museum for seven weeks. They get an extra boost of science and math skills, according to Sci-Port’s education coordinator Kim Solice.

“I think it’s a bonus for these students. These are students who I think have real interest in science, and they will continue that interest in their middle and high school years. Eventually, what we hope is it will become a career for them,” Solice said.

Aired Thursday, October 23 at 7 p.m. The one-hour community forum was held Saturday, Oct. 18, at Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center in Shreveport. The forum featured Dr. Martha Whyte, director of the Region 7 Office of Public Health, Dr. Gerald Capraro, director of the clinical microbiology laboratory at LSU Health Shreveport, and Dr. John Vanchiere, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at LSU Health Shreveport. The experts answered questions from the audience in Sci-Port's IMAX Dome Theatre. The free public forum is a collaboration of Sci-Port, LSU Health Shreveport and Red River Radio.

Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. With the first case on American soil emerging in Dallas, Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center is partnering with LSU Health Shreveport and Red River Radio to present a free public forum on Ebola at Sci-Port's IMAX Dome Theatre. The one-hour Ebola 101 Forum is set for Saturday, Oct. 18, at 10 a.m.

Red River Radio's Kate Archer Kent will moderate  a panel of experts featuring Dr. Martha M. Whyte, director of Region 7 Office of Public Health; Gerald A. Capraro, Ph.D., director of the clinical microbiology and diagnostic virology laboratory at LSU Health Shreveport; and Dr. John A. Vanchiere, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at LSU Health Shreveport.

Sci-Port is located at 820 Clyde Fant Parkway, Shreveport, La., 71101. More information is at 318-424-3466.

LSU

"The Bone Lady" – forensic anthropologist Mary Manhein of Baton Rouge – is one of the featured speakers in the adult science series “Looking Under the Lens” that begins Tuesday, June 11, at Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center in Shreveport.

Manhein head’s up LSU's Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services Laboratory. She also directs Louisiana’s repository for missing and unidentified people – a database of 250 unsolved cases. Manhein is called on by law enforcement agencies in Louisiana and around the country to identify remains.