Scientist, Teacher, and Olympian Maria Michta of Suffolk County Community College to Talk at Brookhaven Lab, December 8

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Maria Michta

UPTON, NY — Maria Michta, an adjunct instructor who teaches microbiology at Suffolk County Community College, will give a talk, "Dream, Believe, Become," at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory on Thursday, December 8, at 4:30 p.m. in the Physics Department Large Seminar Room. Sponsored by Brookhaven Science Associates, the event is free and open to the public. All visitors to the Laboratory 16 and older must bring a photo I.D.  

Michta began her science career at Brookhaven Lab in 2007 as a junior research associate at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) while she was studying at Long Island University-C.W. Post. In 2008, she was accepted into the U.S. Department of Energy's Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship program and continued to do research at the NSLS. She earned her Ph.D. in microbiology from Mt. Sinai Medical School in 2014.

Michta achieved her childhood dream to become an Olympic athlete and participated in the Olympic games in London and Rio as a racewalker, completing the events in her best personal times, placing 28th in London and 22nd in Rio.

At this talk, she will discuss her journey and how she applies the same discipline, beliefs, and motivation to her training as a scientist, teacher and athlete.

Call (631) 344-2345 for more information.

Media Contacts: Jane Koropsak,, (631) 344-4909, or Peter Genzer,, (631) 344-3174.

One of ten national laboratories overseen and primarily funded by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Brookhaven National Laboratory conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies and national security. Brookhaven Lab also builds and operates major scientific facilities available to university, industry and government researchers. Brookhaven is operated and managed for DOE's Office of Science by Brookhaven Science Associates, a limited-liability company founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, the largest academic user of Laboratory facilities, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.

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