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Media Opportunities: DNA Day and STEM Fest at NOVA-Manassas

On April 20, NOVA-Manassas will celebrate National DNA Day. At 11 a.m., Kirk Odom will speak in Colgan Theater. Odom was convicted of a crime he did not commit and spent decades in prison before he was exonerated by DNA evidence. Learn more about Odom athttp://www.innocenceproject.org/cases-false-imprisonment/kirk-odom. From noon to 2 p.m., students will enjoy live music, free food and hands-on DNA activities (molecular gastronomy, GMOs, DNA extractions, DNA candy, face painting, cookie decoration and more). The winners of the DNA art contest will be announced and an iPad will be given away to one participant. National DNA Day commemorates the discovery of the double helix in 1953 and the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003.

On April 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., NOVA-Manassas is hosting STEM Fest. The free event is open to people of all ages who want to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Attendees can see the only human plasticized cadaver at a Virginia college, use state-of-the-art electron microscopes and nanotechnology equipment, and explore research labs. NOVA students will demonstrate their skills with robotics, 3-D printers, drones and a flight simulator. Hands-on activities for participants include experiments with DNA, environmental science, math, chemistry, physics and molecular gastronomy. The event also features live music, free food and giveaways. 

The Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College is at 6901 Sudley Road in Manassas. For more information about either event, contact Ia Gomez at igomez@nvcc.edu or 703-530-8255.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.