The activity-packed STEM showcase is free and open to the general public.

Harford Community College's Division of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) invites students and the general public to participate in the free 2020 STEM Day at Aberdeen Hall on the College’s campus on Saturday, February 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ample convenient, free parking is available in the A Lot, which is easily accessible via Entrance 3 from Thomas Run Road or Entrance 6 from Rt. 22.

STEM Day celebrates HCC's STEM students and faculty with presentations of their research in their given fields of interest. The event not only showcases student and faculty projects and research but provides updates about Harford's STEM programs and allows faculty to hear from groups of STEM students. Current students as well as prospective high school age STEM students and their parents are encouraged to attend; there will be scientific sessions, information on internship opportunities, presentations and more.

Students, faculty and the general public are welcome to attend STEM Day at no cost. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. To register or for more information, email with the name(s) of those attending. Visit for updates to the day's activities.

The keynote speaker for STEM Day 2020 is Dr. John T. Tanacredi, who will present an address entitled "Our Coastlines Under Siege." He has extensive experience in environmental, ecological, and conservation biology research and management. As Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Research and Coastal Oceans Monitoring and Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences in the Department of Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Studies at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY, he has worked on a variety of water quality and conservation issues along the Long Island coast. He has led trips involving students to study coral reef ecology in Belize and the Virgin Islands; tropical rainforest ecology in Costa Rica; evolution and island ecology in the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador; horseshoe crab conservation in China, Taiwan and Japan; earth history in Iceland; volcanoes in Italy; air pollution in Athens, Greece; Beluga whales in St. Lawrence and Canada; and migratory birds and turtles in the Caribbean.

Dr. Tanacredi is a world authority on horseshoe crab conservation and ecology. He’s served as a flight meteorologist with the U.S. Navy "Hurricane Hunters," an environmental analyst with the U.S. Coast Guard Bridge Administration, a research ecologist and park biologist with the National Park Service, and as Department Chair of Earth and Marine Sciences at Dowling College. He has obtained or been involved as principal investigator in more than $5.5 million of research-related funding.

Dr. Tanacredi believes there is very little else that can be more important to a scientist than shaping future scientists in the area of research they’ve spent their lives doing and that working with young people in the field of science is the most satisfying reward an academician can have.

He earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Polytechnic University (now NYU Polytechnic Institute), an M.S. in Environmental Health Sciences from the Institute of Health Sciences at CUNY Hunter College, and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from CUNY Richmond College.

For further information on STEM Day and its activities, contact STEM division assistant Jennifer Budelis at 443-412-2252 or email