SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va.—Shepherd University Professor Jason Best was the featured speaker for the Martha Wehrle Opening Lecture on Thursday, June 30, at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in downtown Charleston, W.Va., as part of the 2011 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC).
Best presented "To See Farther, To See Further," which examined issues faced by science students as they enter higher education.
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Best is a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Shepherd University and the founding director of the Shepherd University Observatory. He participated in the 3-D Hydro research group at Indiana University, developing accurate computer models of protostars and conducting research on white dwarf structure and galactic evolution at Penn State.
The NYSC encourages recent high school graduates to mature in their field of study while having fun in a unique community of like-minded students.
The nationally recognized program, which has been in existence since 1963, selects two representatives from each state and will host delegates from 11 other countries this year.