Area Briefs, Feb. 5, 2014

  • Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Updated Friday, February 7, 2014 1:17 pm

NASCAR SpeedPark Myrtle Beach to offer more than 75 seasonal jobs

Myrtle Beach, SC – The team at NASCAR SpeedPark Myrtle Beach is pleased to announce their upcoming job fair on Monday, Feb. 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at NASCAR SpeedPark Myrtle Beach (1820 21st Ave N Ext).

The team will be gearing up for the 2014 tourist season and hiring over 75 seasonal positions.

The park will offer opportunities in all departments, including admissions, retail, food and beverage, track and ride attendants, plus various supervisory and operational lead opportunities.

“We are a values-driven company seeking caring and dependable people to join our dynamic team,” says Lakeisha Dukes, General Manager at NASCAR SpeedPark Myrtle Beach.

They offer flexible schedules and truly have a heart for each of our team members, who get great perks including a Season Pass, employee discounts on food and merchandise, family perks and competitive pay increases after 90 days of exceptional work.

PARC, the operator of the property, has been in the Grand Strand area for the last seven years and is committed to supporting the workforce in the Grand Strand community.

Candidates may apply online http://nascarspeedpark.com/jobs.aspx; applications will be available during the job fair and initial interviews will be conducted onsite.

— From NASCAR SpeedPark Myrtle Beach

Stop Dating Violence Workshop set for Feb. 8 in Georgetown

In observance of February as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, Optimism Preventive Services, Inc. is sponsoring its fourth annual Stop Dating Violence Workshop.

This workshop will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, just a few days before Valentine’s Day.

The repercussions of teen dating violence are impossible to ignore- they hurt not just the young people victimized but also their families, friends, schools and communities.

Throughout February, organizations, and individuals nationwide are coming together to highlight the need to educate young people about healthy relationships, teach healthy relationships skills and prevent the devastating cycle of abuse.

Should you have teens interest in attending, call 843-485-4006.

— From Denise Chatman

Governor’s School to host 25th annual Research Colloquium

Columbia, SC — The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) will host its 25th Annual Research Colloquium in Hartsville, S.C. on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Ninety-five students will present findings from scientific research conducted during their participation in the 2013 Summer Program for Research Interns (SPRI) and Research Experience Scholars Program (RESP).

SPRI, a graduation requirement for GSSM, is a hands-on, educational initiative that matches rising seniors with mentors at corporate research and development labs, research universities and hospital cancer centers.

SPRI research partners include Clemson University, the University of South Carolina, and the Medical University of South Carolina, among others. RESP research partners include the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, Germany, and the Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology in Daejeon, South Korea.

“Our Annual Research Colloquium is a significant step in GSSM students’ research journey,” says Randy La Cross, VP for Outreach and Research at GSSM.

During the six-week SPRI program, students work under the direct supervision of established scientists conducting research on a college graduate level. Research projects that will be presented at Colloquium cover topics such as the effects of rehabilitative training on recovery post-stroke, the development of a vision-based control system for a quadrotor, the effects of radiation therapy on articular cartilage, the investigation of hyperbranched polymers as a less toxic alternative to a commonly used oil dispersants, and the characterization of toxin-antitoxin systems responsible for the regulation of free-living bacteria.

In 2009, the SPRI experience added an international component, RESP. GSSM students traveled to Germany and South Korea to conduct research in international labs.

In exchange, students came to GSSM from overseas to complete research projects at the University of South Carolina.

SPRI would not be possible without the contributions made by the mentors.

For the past 25 years, more than 750 mentors at 99 institutions have volunteered their time to guide approximately 1,900 students in serious scientific research.

SPRI would also not be possible without the generous support of Dr. Suzan Boyd and Mr. M. Edward Sellers, D.L. Scurry Foundation, Dargan Construction Company, Inc., The W.C. English Foundation, The Graham Foundation, Milliken and Company, Post and Courier Foundation, Roche Carolina, Inc., Mr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Rogan III, Mr. Kemper D. Talley, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Trowell.

Learn more by visiting www.scgssm.org.

— From GSSM

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