Dr. Sears addresses the importance of science at Young Bahamians Conversation Series
By Oswald Brown
Nov 7, 2015 - 2:32:34 PM
Dr. Khandra Sears, featured speaker at the “YOUNG BAHAMIANS CONVERSATION SERIES,” uses a PowerPoint presentation during her remarks.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The various aspects of science in general and its importance as a research discipline were outlined by Dr. Khandra T. Sears, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow with the Center for Vaccine Development at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, during her presentation as the featured speaker at the Embassy of The Bahamas’ “YOUNG BAHAMIANS CONVERSATION SERIES” on Friday, November 6, 2015, at the Embassy, 2220 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Using a PowerPoint presentation to simplify her more-than-one-hour highly technical remarks, Dr. Sears also highlighted the importance of science in every-day life, as indicated in the topic of her address: “How to do Science and why Learning to do Science is Important for a Healthy, Thinking, Thriving Population.”
The “YOUNG BAHAMIANS CONVERSATION SERIES” is an initiative aimed at providing a forum for young Bahamians in the diaspora “to present and dialogue on their research or work and cultivate ideas for the betterment of The Bahamas.” It is being presented under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, who gave brief welcome remarks.
Dr. Sears was introduced by Mr. Mikhail Bullard, Third Secretary at the Embassy, who is the principal organizer of the “YOUNG BAHAMIANS CONVERSATION SERIES.”
Pictured from left to right at young “YOUNG BAHAMIANS CONVERSATION SERIES” on Friday, November 6, 2015, at the Embassy of The Bahamas are: Mr. Chet Neymour, Deputy Chief of Mission; Dr. Khandra Sears, the featured speaker; His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States; and Mr. Mikhail Bullard, Third Secretary at the Embassy and principal organizer of the “YOUNG BAHAMIANS CONVERSATION SERIES.”
In his welcoming remarks, Mr. Bullard noted that Dr. Sears graduated from St. Anne's High School in Nassau in 1998 and subsequently earned Ontario Academic Credits at a small school in Toronto before heading to the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill campus in Barbados, adding that she gives credit to her high school science teachers for helping cultivate her interest in science by letting students do small experiments outside of class time.
Beyond regular courses at Cave Hill, Dr. Sears took project options in Analytical Chemistry, Microbial Ecology and Microbiology that afforded a wide variety of research experiences. In the summer between her third and fourth year and after she graduated, she took a year off and volunteered in a research lab at the American Red Cross Holland labs in Rockville, Maryland, where she was mentored by another Bahamian, Dr. Gregory Carey.
Dr. Sears is the daughter of former Bahamas Ambassador to Washington, D.C., Joshua Sears (2000 to 2006) and Michelle Sears and, as Mr. Bullard noted, “many Bahamians in the D.C-area diaspora can very well remember her dedication and passion in promoting the Bahamian cultural expression of Junkanoo during the annual D.C. Carnival parade.”
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