Dr. Robert Nerem, Park Springs Member, Plays Vital Role in ProjectENGAGE

Dr. Robert Nerem, Park Springs Member, Plays Vital Role in ProjectENGAGE

WABE 90.1 FM Radio Series Highlights Unique Program at Georgia Tech to Engage African-American Students in Research

In a series of five stories broadcast during the week of August 5-10, Jim Burress of WABE, 90.1FM has highlighted a new initiative designed by researchers at Georgia Tech to help minority students find paths into the so-called STEM fields: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Park Springs’ own Dr. Robert M. Nerem, Ph.D., Institute Professor Emeritus at the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience at Georgia Institute of Technology, has been closely involved with the development of this program called ProjectENGAGE, where twelve African American students from Atlanta schools are spending an entire year learning research fundamentals as well as contributing to ongoing scientific research.

From August 5 – 10 during NPR’s Morning Edition at 6:35AM and 8:35AM, WABE broadcast a series of stories about ProjectENGAGE. To read and/or listen to the broadcasts, please go to the WABE website; also, the links to all five stories are below. The final story is a conversation between Jim Burress and Drs. Manu Platt and Robert Nerem.

“[This project] showed me in ways I’ve never experienced how giving someone a chance–believing in that person’s abilities even if those abilities are not always evident, even if the person is unsure of his or her aptitude–can pay off.” – Jim Burress

ProjectENGAGE PART 1: A Year of Opportunity

ProjectENGAGE 2: Speed Dating

ProjectENGAGE 3: Students Become Researchers:

ProjectENGAGE 4: Personal Growth

ProjectENGAGE 5: Quiet Killers

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