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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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Department of Education to Host Florida’s Second Virtual Career Fair on Stem

~ Middle and high school students will have the opportunity to connect with STEM professionals to learn about future careers ~

Tallahassee – Florida middle and high school students will have the opportunity to hear from leading professionals in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields during the Second Annual STEM Virtual Career Fair on Wednesday, April 27th. This exciting opportunity will be hosted by the Florida Department of Education, in partnership with Florida Virtual School and Elluminate Technology, and will connect students with professionals in various STEM fields virtually in classrooms throughout the state. Featured speakers include chemists, biologists, research scientists and digital marketers who will provide insight into their background and answer student questions in real-time.

Classrooms can participate in the STEM Virtual Career Fair by visiting on April 27th. To ensure that your school can properly connect to Elluminate Technology, please review the instructions at

A diverse group of speakers has dedicated April 27th to educating future generations about the importance of STEM careers. Below is the day’s agenda:

9:30 a.m.
Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith and Florida Virtual School President and CEO Julie Young kick off the event.

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Dr. Christopher Cubitt, Staff Scientist, Moffitt Cancer Center

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Craig Kronenberger, Vice President & Managing Director of Southeast Digital, Edelman

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Shauna Cordis, Sandia National Laboratories

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Heather Ohm Rodriguez, Principal Engineer, Cordis Corporation (A Johnson & Johnson Company)

12:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Nadine Abu-Jubara, Transportation Engineer, Wilbur Smith Associates

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Katharine Nicolaisen, Senior Manatee Research Trainer, Mote Marine Laboratory

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Chris Byrd, Senior Clinical Research Associate, Abbott Laboratories.

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Heather H. Koons, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, MetaMetrics

3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Amy Havig, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), Collier Anesthesia