Major Mark Stewart to Address GSSM Student Body

March 23, 2016

The South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) is pleased to announce that Major Mark Stewart, Nuclear Medical Science Officer of South Carolina’s 43rd Civil Support Team, will address students during a SmartChat speaking engagement. His presentation regarding safety and weapons of mass destruction will take place March 24 at 4 p.m. on the GSSM campus in Hartsville.

Stewart received his BS in biology and masters of public health with an industrial hygiene focus, from the University of South Carolina. He began his military career in the Army Reserves with the 7226th Medical Support United based at Ft. Jackson. 

Shortly after September 11, 2001, he took an Active Guard Reserve position with the Georgia Army National Guard with the 4th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team (WMD-CST) based in greater Atlanta as their Nuclear Medical Science Officer (NMSO) for six years. He transferred to South Carolina’s 43rd CST as the NMSO and Medical Section Supervisor.  The 43rd CST is a full-time, 22-person “consequence management asset” based out of West Columbia.

Stewart will arrive in a 22-foot "analytical lab bus," which students and faculty will have the opportunity to tour.

A program of the BlueCross BlueShield Economics & Finance Institute, the SmartChat Speaker Series is designed to enhance students' education while inspiring them through the stories and experiences of GSSM alumni and leading innovators in biology, chemistry, computer science, drama and film, economics, history, physics and writing.

Any media wishing to attend the SmartChat should contact Robert Fletcher, director of the BCBS Economics & Finance Institute, at or 843-383-3901 ext. 3907.

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