Explorer staff report

Ventana Medical Systems, the major Oro Valley employer, is going to have a presence at this weekend's Tucson Festival of Books on the University of Arizona campus.

The Ventana/Roche Science Pavillion is presented by BIO5, with support from Research Corporation. It focuses "on showing kids how fun science can be, and how very many different things it can apply to," according to a release from the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau.

At the Ventana / Roche pavilion, young people can enter "The Science Zone," where they can identify their own DNA, test brain power, and register to win one of 10 Galileoscopes. Nearby, on "The Science Stage," a series of talks are planned, including a science writing workshop with six top writers.

"Since our inception more than two decades ago, innovation in science and medicine has been the foundation of Ventana's mission: 'To improve the lives of all patients afflicted with cancer'," said Hany Massarany, president of Ventana Medical Systems and head of Roche Tissue Diagnostics. "It is our commitment to medical research and scientific advancement that enables us to develop leading-edge cancer tests for patients around the globe. Our dedication to science must extend beyond Ventana and into our community to inspire our youth to pursue opportunities in the scientific arena."

For the full, two-day Science Stage and Science Zone schedules, go to http://bio5.org/events/1476.


'Excellence by Design'

Look for a copy of "Excellence by Design" at the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance booth at the Tucson Festival of Books. The book features detailed information about more than 70 works of art scattered throughout Oro Valley, comprising the first-ever catalogue of the town's extensive display of public art.

In an exclusive deal for the Tucson Festival of Books, SAACA is offering the 112-page volume at special prices of $20 (paperback) and $50 (autographed hardcover).

Last year's inaugural festival drew 50,000 people and hundreds of authors. The web site is www.tucsonfestivalofbooks.com.




Tucson Festival of Books


9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 13 and Sunday, March 14


University of Arizona campus; download a map at http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/images/TFOBmap.pdf


Free admission to festival


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