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Sports Doping at the Planetarium

From SCONC:

On Thursday, February 7, SCONCs will migrate to the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill. MPSC will open its exhibits to SCONC members for a special viewing at 6:00 p.m. in the NASA Digital Theater, followed by Morehead’s Current Science Forum at 7:00 p.m. in the Banquet Hall. This month’s topic, “Victory At Any Cost?” covers the arresting subject of performance-enhancing drugs. Dr. Mario Ciocca, head physician for six UNC athletic teams, will talk about the effects of steroids, growth hormones and other banned substances, and the science used to detect them. Ciocca will lead the public roundtable discussion to follow.

This is an issue with local ties in the Tarheel State. Years before Marion Jones’s admitted steroid use, she was a standout freshman on the UNC women’s basketball team that won the 1994 National Championship. Prior to her current legal and financial troubles, Jones owned a large home in this area.

RSVP for the SCONC meeting to Helen Chickering by Tuesday, February 5.