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Dr. Shay Harrison speaking at Dinner with a Scientist

Dr. Shay Harrison speaking at Columbia’s “Dinner with a Scientist” event in the school library.

Columbia High School’s new club Serious About Science hosted its first “Dinner with a Scientist” event in the library last week with keynote speaker Dr. Shay Harrison. About 20 students attended the event to learn more about career paths in science.

Dr. Harrison, a Columbia alumnus and the former Board of Education president, is a materials engineer at Free Form Fibers. He discussed how to become a scientist, what it means to be a leader and offered strategies for dealing with and embracing failure. For failure is an integral part of science, life and learning, he said.

“The event with Dr. Harrison was a great starting point for our ‘Dinner with a Scientist’ program,” said Columbia science teacher Tom Ross. “Students got to hear firsthand about how to become a scientist and what a career in science really looks like. We are all looking forward to our next event!”