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National Geographic Emerging Explorer Shows Students that Science Rocks!

Dr. Albert Yu-Min Lin engages with aspiring young scientists at SciFest Africa 2012 in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape.

Dr. Albert Yu-Min Lin takes time out of his busy SciFest schedule to pose with students.

March 18, 2012 (Grahamstown, Eastern Cape) - “I realized that you could be a scientist while still doing crazy, extreme things and that's what I wanted to do.”  This was the inspiration behind Dr. Albert Yu-Min Lin’s drive to become a modern day explorer, and a message that he shared with hundreds of youth during his participation at SciFest Africa 2012 in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape.  Dr. Lin, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and Research Scientist at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), shared stories of his adventurous pursuits  – and the science behind them – with throngs of high schools students and members of the public over his busy three-day SciFest program from March 16-18.     

“Science Rocks!” was the theme of SciFest Africa 2012, and Dr. Lin demonstrated just that during his keynote address at the March 16 official opening of this annual science education festival organized by the Grahamstown Foundation.  Mesmerizing the crowd of nearly 600 with tales of his quest to uncover the hidden tomb of Genghis Khan, Dr. Lin showed how he and his team have harnessed the power of the Internet and other high-tech tools to work to uncover this age-old secret.  Dr. Lin's dynamic and thought-provoking presentation struck a cord with the audience, who got to their feet to congratulate Dr. Lin with a rare SciFest standing ovation!

In addition to delivering the keynote, Dr. Lin took part in a series of other interactive and innovative activities that showed youth that science does indeed rock!  Check out more pictures of Dr. Lin at SciFest on our Facebook page.

Dr. Lin’s participation in SciFest was made possible through a grant from the U.S. Mission to South Africa.