GA-PCOM was the presenting sponsor of the 2018 Gwinnett Science Fair.
With the theme “Believe in our Future,” the 40th annual Gwinnett Science, Engineering
+ Innovation Fair showcased the talent, creativity and capability of students in Gwinnett’s
public and private middle and high schools on Friday, February 23, 2018, at the Infinite
Energy Center in Duluth.
Ginn said, “It has been unbelievably invigorating to witness first-hand the projects
and topics you students have explored with your intellect and your energies.” He said
he saw topics of study like the “Structural Sequence Analysis of Universal Ribosomal
Proteins” and the “Expression of Arginase in Colitis during Recovery.” He mentioned
research projects like a study on the absorption of aspirin in the body, and on water
quality and the uses of natural resources in consumer goods manufacturing.
Earlier in the day, Director of Anatomical Donor Services Jeff Seiple led high school students in a discussion on the importance of the language of anatomy,
and Director of Simulation Jeff Adams gave an overview to middle school students on
the emerging field of simulation. Assistant Professor of Anatomy Dr. Abigail Hielscher
was part of a Women of STEM panel and discussed her journey of earning a PhD, conducting
research on breast cancer and teaching at a medical college.
Led by assistant professors Dr. Jayden Lee, Dr. Essie Samuel and Dr. Candis McGraw-Senat in the department of pharmacy practice, seven third-
and fourth-year pharmacy students worked with middle and high school students to count
candy M&Ms into specially developed “prescription bottles” and insert powder into
“capsules” to provide a taste of what it’s like to practice pharmacy.
Several GA-PCOM faculty members, along with other selected community members judged
more than 500 projects in the exhibit hall in categories such as life science; earth,
energy and the environment; physical science; and math, computing and engineering.
At the awards ceremony, Ginn encouraged students by saying, “Society needs you in
the sciences. Society needs you in engineering. Society needs you to become innovators
and to set the stage for all of our futures … Because of each and every one of you—I
believe in our future!”
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated
to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science,
and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM
Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service
to the wider community. For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center,
an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment.
For more information, visit pcomgeorgiahealth.org.
For more information, contact: Barbara Myers Senior Public Relations Manager Email: BarbaraMy@pcom.edu Office: 678-225-7532 | Cell: