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From doctors to dentists to experimental chemists, an upcoming career fair at Pittsburg State University has something for students interested in just about any science-related field.

From doctors to dentists to experimental chemists, an upcoming career fair at Pittsburg State University has something for students interested in just about any science-related field.

The career fair, titled "Career Paths in Science, Research and Health Professions," will bring in a group of experienced science professionals for presentations on Tuesday, Nov. 11, in McPherson Hall. Check-in starts at 3 p.m., and a St. John's MedFlight helicopter will be available for viewing.

Presentations will run from 4 to 7:15 p.m. The speakers include the following:

Dr. Roy Jensen, director of the University of Kansas Cancer Center, will give a presentation titled "Medical Research: From a Test Tube to a Cure." Jensen received a bachelor of science degree from PSU before attending medical school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

Dr. Michael McCunniff, associate professor of dental public health at UMKC, will tell students about dental careers with a presentation called "Open Wide to the Careers in Dental Health."

Judy Russell, RN, will speak about a particularly fast-paced medical career through her speech, titled "Critical Care at Three Miles Per Minute: Nursing Careers." Russell is an emergency and MedFlight nurse at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo.

Tamara Simon, RN, lab coordinator for the Regional Health Simulation Center, will conduct a "Mock Code Blue" exercise. Students participating will experience a Code Blue demonstration as the healthcare team utilizes the latest human simulation model, "I-Stan." Students will be able to have hands-on contact with life-size adult, child and infant simulation models.

Alisa Zlatanic, senior research associate at the Kansas Polymer Research Center at PSU, will speak on "The Magic of Chemistry." Zlatanic specializes in polymer synthesis and characterization, which she employs as a researcher at the KPRC. Zlatanic developed a biobased polyol that allows for the formation of flexible polyurethane foams. She was a co-awardee of the 2007 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.

Dr. Robert Haskins, KU School of Medicine Eastern Network Site director, will give another look at medical jobs with a presentation titled "Ya Gotta Love it - Careers in Medicine."

"Career Paths in Science, Research and Health Professions" is sponsored by the PSU Nursing Department, the Kansas Polymer Research Center, and the University of Kansas Medical Center Area Health Education Center. Further funding has been provided by the Pritchett Trust.

For more information, call KUMC AHEC at (620) 235-4040.

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