President's Message

Scientists’ Society Members,

I hope all of you and your families are safe and sound. I am sure some of you are dealing with the destruction of the hurricane.

Our next meeting will be Thursday, December 15 at The Landings.

I am looking forward to seeing all of you and getting back to normal.


Trudy Sampson

Dinner Meeting

Thursday, December 15, 2022

The Landings Yacht, Golf and Tennis Club

4415 S. Landings Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33919

Social hour 5:15 p.m., Cash bar/Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.

Reservations are required. Pay by credit card using the link or QR code below (preferred) or send a check for $34 per person to Treasurer, Scientists’ Society of SWF, 2808 SW 45th Street, Cape Coral, FL 33914.

Reservation Deadline:

Saturday, December 10

Menu: Holiday stuffed chicken, rice, vegetables, salad, rolls and dessert. A vegetarian menu option is available if requested when reservations are made.

Directions: Enter The Landings from McGregor Blvd at the first light south of College parkway. The dinner will be at the Helm Club. The guard will direct you to parking.


Genetics and Cancer Detection, Past, Present and Future

The study of modern genetics has evolved exponentially since the publication of Mendel’s experiments in the mid-nineteenth century. The discovery of chromosomes at the turn of the 20th century and the identification of DNA and its structure a few decades later accelerated development of genetic technologies and their application to multiple subdisciplines. This presentation will review the history of genetics in the detection and subclassification of cancer. We will explore current standard modes of testing, and peek at up-and-coming technologies with their implication on targeted therapies.

Our speaker will be Renan Mota, one of the directors of our Society. Renan Mota is a certified cytogenetic scientist with 20 years of experience in the field. He is currently serving as the supervisor for quality, training, and assay development for the NeoGenomics Laboratories FISH department in Fort Myers. Renan received two bachelor’s degrees in physiology and diagnostic genetics from Northern Michigan University and completed his master’s degree in cytogenetics at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Over the years, Renan has been involved in assay development, molecular probe invention, education, and scientific research and publications.

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Dinner Meetings and Field Trips

The Society meets seven times a season from October through April to hear a technical presentation, socialize over dinner and have stimulating conversations. The technical speakers are invited from industry, universities and government agencies. Field trips are scheduled to visit businesses and facilities engaged in science and technology. Click on "Programs" above for the current schedule.

Scholarships and Grants

We provide support for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camps for Lee County students and scholarships for their participation. We grant scholarships for outstanding high school seniors who will pursue STEM majors in college, based upon recommendations by their science teachers. We currently are providing $200 grants to science teachers to help them purchase the supplies and equipment they need to effectively teach their students. We fund these programs through contributions by our members and other generous individuals and foundations. Click on "Scholarships and Grants" above for more information.

Science Fairs

Our members serve as judges for Lee County school science fairs and the annual Regional Science Fair. Participating as a judge is open to all members. Being able to interact with inquisitive young people and encourage them in their interest in science is an extremely rewarding experience for our members and the students. Click on "Science Fair Judging" above for more information and our current judging schedule.