Posted Online: Jan. 20, 2012, 10:54 am

Bettendorf Youth Science Expo coming Saturday, Feb. 4

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Press release submitted by Bettendorf Middle School

The Bettendorf Youth Science Expo featuring local science talent and guest speakers will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bettendorf Middle School, 2030 Middle Rd, Bettendorf. The event is free and open to all children.

"This is the fifth year that this exciting program, designed to excite kids about science," said Betsy Romano, event founder. "The Science Expo is the only event of its type that brings together science-oriented professionals from the business and government sectors to give elementary and middle school students a sense of the excitement that can be generated working hands on with science."

Some of the activities involved include hands-on experiments and displays including: making cola, hanging with a bat, figuring out your DNA, guests from the zoo, cockroach races, learning how the body works, and learning what intubation is.

Exxon Mobil Researcher Susan Hippler, Ph.D. will be a guest speaker at the Science Expo. At 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Hippler will share her life experience in the world of science.

Hippler leads a group of researchers at Exxon Mobil's research lab. They perform experiments, numerical modeling and field work to develop new technology for finding and extracting oil and gas.

Hippler graduated from Bettendorf High School in 1982. She obtained a B.A. in Geology from Augustana College, Illinois in 1986, and received her Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Leeds (England) in 1989. Upon completion of her graduate degree, Hippler joined ExxonMobil's research lab in Houston, where she specialized in trap and seal analysis. In 1995, she transferred to ExxonMobil Exploration Company, where she consulted on trap and seal issues in exploration, production and development settings. During this time Hippler worked on ExxonMobil assets in Europe, Russia, West Africa, the Middle East, the Far East and the Americas, presented numerous papers at international conferences, and authored several publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Hippler is also the Bettendorf Community Schools Foundation 2012 Science Scholar.