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University of Maryland professor to discuss diversity in STEM education

The university’s Franklin Visiting Scholars Program will present a lecture by Michael F. Summers promoting STEM education among minority students on Jan. 30 at 2:30 p.m. in Masters Hall at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. The lecture is open free to the public.

Summers, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Distinguished Professor at the University of Maryland, will also present a seminar about his research on how retroviruses, such as HIV, recognize, package and assemble genetic material for the propagation of infection. “Insights into the Structural Basis and Mechanism of HIV-1 Genome Packaging” will be presented Jan. 31 at 3:30 p.m. in Room C127 of the Life Sciences building.

Summers’ STEM lecture is titled “The Meyerhoff Scholars: Successful Programs for Preparing a Diverse STEM Workforce.” The Meyerhoff Scholars Program, a scholarship support program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County started in 1989, provides financial assistance, mentoring, advising and research experience to African-American male undergraduate students committed to obtaining doctoral degrees in math, science and engineering.

This event is jointly sponsored by the UGA chemistry, microbiology and biochemistry and molecular biology departments as well as by the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center and the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.