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Middle & high school students invited to student open house on Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

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Tue, Apr 25th 2017 04:25 pm

Powered by AT&T, event provides opportunities to tour medical campus, explore professions in science, technology & medicine, and participate in hand-on activities

The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Inc. (BNMC) and the University at Buffalo's New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences (UB CBLS), in collaboration with AT&T, will host the third annual student open house on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. This half-day event is designed to introduce future careers opportunities to area students in grades seven through 12, along with their parents or other adults.

The event, held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 6, is designed to expose area students to the many and varied career options offered locally, and to provide "hands-on" opportunities to imagine working on the medical campus or in similar settings.

The event is free, but registration at bnmc.org/May6 is required, as the event has filled to capacity in the past. The event is open to area students on a first-come, first-served basis.

The morning event will offer opportunities to tour campus facilities, including UB's CBLS, Center for Materials Informatics, and Center for Computational Research, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo Manufacturing Works, the Jacobs Institute, Gates Vascular Institute, and other facilities.

Students can participate in hands-on activities and learn more about the inner workings of laboratory, research and surgical functions on the medical campus.

Experts and professionals from the UB, Roswell Park, Kaleida Health, the Jacobs Institute, Unyts, Buffalo Manufacturing Works, 43North and the Thomas R. Beecher, Jr. Innovation Center will also be on hand throughout to answer questions and describe their professions.

Highlights of activities for students will include test driving the Robotic Surgery Simulator (RoSS) used to train surgeons, learning about a catheterization lab, watching a pre-recorded surgery, creating "microbial" art, seeing robotic demonstrations and 3-D printers in action, learning about new technology and innovations with 43North, and taking a turn as a virtual welder. A new feature this year includes a tour and discussion of construction, architecture and landscaping as the campus undergoes its transformation with the building of the John R. Oishei Children's Hospital, UB's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biosciences, and a new parking garage at the corner of Ellicott and Goodrich streets.

Powered by AT&T, the event is hosted by the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, UB's CBLS, and its partner institutions. AT&T's support of this event is part of the company's legacy of supporting educational programs focused on STEM disciplines in New York through AT&T Aspire, the company's signature, $400 million philanthropic initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue, including funding, technology, employee volunteerism and mentoring.

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