The Union Recorder

July 11, 2013

Milledgeville to host STEM summit

From staff reports
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Milledgeville will host scientists from around the nation next week as the Committee for Action Program Services–Analytical Training Laboratories LLC holds its first STEM summit conference.

Committee for Action Program Services – Analytical Training Laboratories, LLC (CAPSATL) company was launched by former Laboratory Director of the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration Darrell Davis in 2012.

The STEM summit, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, will be held July 17-18. The summit will include representatives from Georgia state and local government, and spokespersons from several universities throughout the country.

Davis, along with Dr. Erick Jones, an associate professor in the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department, and director of the RFID and Auto-ID (RAID) LABS at the University of Texas Arlington, will be the keynote speakers for the summit.

Davis said the focus of the summit is “to create a consortium of colleges, universities, corporations and government agencies” that will conduct research in the field of analytical chemistry and STEM outreach education. At the summit, Davis hopes “to address forensic science and environmental science research, STEM training and the preparation of STEM students for the 21st Century workforce.”

The STEM summit is being held in Milledgeville because of CAPS-ATL’s plans of joining the Central State Hospital campus.

Davis created the CAPS-ATL program in hopes of educating students through an analytical laboratory while providing analytical training and services. The laboratory is scheduled to occupy the Wilkes Building on Central State Hospital campus within the next 12 months.

Dr. Joycelynn Nelson, vice chairman of CAPS-ATL, emphasizes the importance of having an analytical laboratory available to Milledgeville and Baldwin County children.

“The earlier every child in Milledgeville and Baldwin County, and the nation for that matter, is exposed to scientific instrumentation, the more comfortable they will become with STEM major concentrations. Eventually when they go to college, they will likely have more exposure than most of their cohort. This should give them the confidence to be able to say or think or know that they can do it. The world of science encompasses people from all over the globe, thus we must create an environment of inclusivity,” Nelson said.

Davis also encourages the CAPS-ATL concept because it “creates a pipeline of young, minority students to get interested in forensics, space, or environmental science and be better suited to go to college and pursuing degrees in analytical science.”

For more information regarding the STEM summit or for more information on CAPSATL, contact Davis at d.davis@capsatl.com, or visit the website at www.capsatl.com.

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