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HCC Central hosts 3rd annual STEM Symposium Oct. 23

Ron Larson, world-renowned math textbook author and math professor, is the keynote speaker at HCC Central’s STEM Symposium, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23 in the college’s Learning Hub Science Bldg.

The Science Club at Houston Community College Central, in conjunction with the college’s science division, is hosting a STEM symposium, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, October 23, in the Learning Hub Science Bldg., 1300 Holman St., in rooms 100 and 101.

The symposium’s keynote speaker is world-renowned mathematics textbook author and math professor emeritus Ron Larson, Ph.D., of Penn State University, The Behrend College in Erie, Pennsylvania.

The symposium is designed to encourage students to continue to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Selected Science Club students will present their research findings and learn about career options from leaders in the field. There will be an awards ceremony and a “science feud” game. The symposium is free and open to all.

Dr. Larson is the author of more than two-dozen mathematics textbooks from 6th grade through calculus. Four of his textbooks are widely used by students at Houston Community College. The topic of Larson’s speech is “Strategies for Overcoming Anxiety in Math and Science Courses.”

Some excellent science students find their confidence shaken and science ambitions dashed when math becomes a necessary part of science courses, says Dr. Dalton McWhinney, professor of Biology at HCC Central and coordinator of the STEM symposium. He believes that if students learn to deal with their math anxieties, they will be less discouraged in their coursework and more likely to continue to pursue STEM careers.

For more information about STEM symposium, please contact Dr. Dalton McWhinney, at 713.718.2546 or


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