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Local students inspired to study sciences

Three hundred students representing local schools are joining the March of Dimes at the second annual student convocation on March 10 at Weiskotten Hall, SUNY Upstate Medical University, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The March of Dimes Dr. David R. Smith Student Convocation was designed to increase students' awareness and interest in the life sciences while encouraging students to follow similar areas of study as they relate to birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

The day-long educational opportunity will be facilitated by Mary Jensen, March of Dimes Program Services Committee Chair and Daniel Lowengard, Syracuse City School District Superintendent. The convocation will culminate with a call to action for students to continue life science studies and support of the March of Dimes fight to save babies.

"Living with Pandemics and Epidemics in the 21st Century", will be presented by keynote speaker, Dr. Sandy Lane, who discuss health inequalities and the effects on the poor and underinsured when faced with epidemics and natural disasters. The day includes a career fair and a panel of health professionals who will speak to the students about the different career paths they can choose and financial options.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com/ny or nacersano.org.

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