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Rekindling the science connection: Society alumni gather at Signature Alumni Event

7:00AM, October 3, 2017
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Society alumni catch up at the networking reception.

“I think so many of us who have gotten into science – what hooked us – was a hands-on experience. Doing science. Tinkering, fooling around, doing a science project. Seeing something happen," said George Yancopoulos, Chief Scientific Officer at Regeneron, which now sponsors the Science Talent Search. George expressed the importance of getting hooked on science during a panel discussion at the Society for Science & the Public's Signature Alumni Event at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York on September 17.

We want to make sure that the next young generation get hooked on science.

Over 120 alumni and friends of the Society attended the event, which featured two alumni panels on the value of science research in solving society's most critical challenges, a flute performance by Society alumna Sara Kornfeld Simpson, and time to network.

"I think any of us who have experienced getting hooked on science recognize how powerful that is," George said. "And we want to make sure that the next young generation of people who have this power within them to change the world can maybe get hooked on science in the most powerful way, doing science itself. This is why we’re such big supporters of not only STEM education but science projects and programs like the Science Talent Search. These are the things that get kids hooked."

View photos from the event below:

5.	Society CEO and alumnus Maya Ajmera (1985 STS) kicks of the alumni panel
Society CEO and alumna Maya Ajmera (Intel STS 1985) kicked off the alumni panel. Photo courtesy of Society for Science & the Public/John DeMato.
10.	George Yancopoulos (1976 STS) and Kumar Garg discuss the value of science research as a long game when solving society’s greatest challenges
Society alum George Yancopoulos (Intel STS 1976) and Society Senior Fellow Kumar Garg discuss the value of science research in solving society’s greatest challenges. Photo courtesy of Society for Science & the Public/John DeMato.
8.	Alumnus Sara Kornfeld Simpson (2011-2012 ISEF; 2014 STS) flute performance
Society alumna Sara Kornfeld Simpson (Intel ISEF 2011-2012 and Intel STS 2014) is a talented flautist, in addition to scientist. Photo courtesy of Society for Science & the Public/John DeMato.

Society alumna Sara Kornfeld Simpson performed the flute at the event. Read more about Sara's intertwined interests in neuroscience and music.

4.	Alumnus Sylvain Cappel (1963 STS) waves at the camera
Many Society alumni attended the event, including Sylvain Cappel, from the Westinghouse STS 1963 class. Photo courtesy of Society for Science & the Public/John DeMato.
12.	George Yancopoulos connects with recent alumni at the post-event networking reception
George Yancopoulos connects with recent Society alumni at the networking reception. Photo courtesy of Society for Science & the Public/John DeMato.
13.	Alumni catch up at the networking reception
At the alumni event, many alumni had the chance to meet or see each other again. Photo courtesy of Society for Science & the Public/John DeMato.

View more photos from the event on our Flickr.

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