Mickelene Hoggard, a Doctoral Candidate in Chemistry, was presented a $2,500 scholarship from the Kelly Family Scholarship Fund. As champion of the 3MT competition, Ms. Hoggard honors us here at the College of Science with her excellent presentation on "Snail Spit to Medicine". For a full list of participants, mentors, judges, and steering committee, visit this link.
Dr. Thomas G. Vinci , a founding and long-term member of the college’s advisory board, and supporter of the Science Olympiad, passed away on Thanksgiving morning at the age of 93 in Boca Raton, Florida. Tom graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York in 1942, received a B.S. from the School of Education at Fordham University in 1949, an M.A. in Educational Administration and a Ed.D. in Science Education from Columbia University Teacher's College in 1967. For all of his professional life and in retirement. he was passionate about educating students in the sciences.
Tom began his career as a 6th grade teacher in New York City and then, for 28 years, served as science coordinator. Next, Dr. Vinci taught as an assistant professor at Fordham University in the School of Education, became a full professor, and retired as the Associate Dean Emeritus in 1988.
In retirement, he served on many boards and committees and, with other local South Florida alumni from Stuyvesant HS and the Bronx High School of Science. he formed the Independent Citizens for Education group that supported science education in Palm Beach County including the Science Olympiad through generous donations as well as serving as past judges in the competition.
Tom is survived by his wife of 68 years, Elin, two sons Tom and Peter, and four grandchildren.
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