To a packed house, Reynolds Community College recently hosted its 11th annual Science Night in the Lipman Auditorium on the Parham Road Campus.
After a welcome and introduction by Professor Karen Neal, Professor Shalini Upadhyaya entered the stage to her favorite song, “Uptown Funk.” During her presentation, “Just in case you need it: An immigrant’s humble request to stay ahead of the game,” Upadyaya gave a brief overview on how she became a professor at Reynolds and then went into detail on how society has become dependent on antibiotics and what it is doing to our health longevity. Upadyaya’s presentation included a short video on different cultures and how health is playing a major role in each of them.
The next speaker was Dr. William Mott with his presentation “Making sense of senescence: aging with dignity, style, grace and confidence.” He went into detail describing the stages of growing older and how aging accelerates after the age of 30. Mott showed pictures of the oldest living people in the world and stressed that having an active and healthy lifestyle has kept them alive for over 120 years.
Following an intermission, Dr. Jarrod Hunter continued the program with his presentation “Mouse Party: The neuroscience of drugs and abuse.” Dr. Hunter spoke about takeover drugs and how drug abuse can hold a person’s mind and the effects of abuse in general.
The over 400 students that attended enjoyed an entertaining and informative evening and also were treated to refreshments provided the college’s Culinary Arts students during the intermission.