Forum to discuss potential for biotech jobs
Biotechnology could create about half a million jobs in the Tampa Bay area in the next decade, local experts say. The University of South Florida St. Petersburg is hosting a forum exploring the possibilities from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Room 130 Davis Hall, 140 Seventh Ave. S.
The forum features Cathy Kerzner, chief executive officer of M2Gen, a biotech company specializing in cancer research, and Christopher Paradies, a patent attorney who specializes in the biotech industry. The forum is free. Seating is limited. To reserve a spot, call (727) 873-4992 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Leepa-Rattner director is named
Starting Wednesday Victoria Cooke will be director of St. Petersburg College's Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art. Cooke served as assistant director at the Louisiana State University Museum of Art, and was Curator of Paintings at the New Orleans Museum of Art. She replaces Lynn Whitelaw, who has been named the museum's first full-time curator. Whitelaw planned the construction of the museum and led it from its opening in 2001.
Two black history speakers at Eckerd
Eckerd College is featuring two speakers this month to celebrate Black History Month. First up: social activist and author Bruce George, who co-founded Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam. He will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesdayat Fox Hall on the campus located at 4200 54th Ave. S in St. Petersburg. Then, Herman Boone, a former high school football coach whose story was captured in the film Remember the Titans, will speak on Feb. 15, also at 7 p.m. at Fox Hall. Boone became head coach of newly integrated T.C. Williams High in Alexandria, Va. Amid racial tension, Boone's team won the state championship. For details, call toll-free, 1-800-456-9009.