Lake E-ffect Newsletter banner SUNY Oswego logoJune 2011 • Vol 7 • No 3

GENIUS Opens with Exhibition, Gala

The first-ever GENIUS Olympiad science and art competition is expected to draw more than 170 high schoolers from across the world, a world-renowned photographer and many alumni from the area, who are invited to the opening ceremonies.

GENIUS logoFrom June 26 to 30, the competition will feature exhibitions, ceremonies, field trips, judging and fun.

The public, including alumni, is welcome to an opening exhibition of the students' projects 6:30 p.m. June 27 in Hewitt Union ballroom, followed by a gala opening ceremony at 8:15 p.m. at Tyler Hall's Waterman Theatre.

National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths will be keynote speaker that evening. The opening festivities are free of charge.

The brainchild of assistant chemistry Professor Fehmi Damkaci, SUNY Oswego's inaugural GENIUS Olympiad science and art competition has invited finalists from 45 countries and 32 states to SUNY Oswego. More than 620 entries were submitted.

With sponsorship from Syracuse Research Corp., Terra Science and Education Foundation, and SUNY Oswego, each visiting entrant and his or her teacher will have only airfare to pay among major trip expenses.

Keynote speaker Griffiths adds appropriate flair to the international competition. One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, she has had assignments in more than 100 countries.

She is founder and executive director of HotPink, a collective of photojournalists documenting the programs that help poor women deal with the effects of climate change.

Jeff Rea '71

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