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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION FUNDS DNA CLONING WORKSHOPS
OXFORD, Ohio -- The National Science Foundation has awarded a
two-year $300,000 grant to Dr. Jnanendra Bhattacharjee, Miami University
professor of microbiology, to continue summer DNA cloning workshops for high
The workshops, conducted by Bhattacharjee since 1992, are designed to
improve biology teaching at the high school level. Part of the focus this
year is to attract inner-city science teachers.
"Teacher Enhancement in Molecular Biology and Recombinant DNA Technology"
is a two-week intensive workshop designed to enhance basic knowledge, technical
skills and teaching proficiencies for about 30 teachers from urban, suburban
and rural public or private high schools. A follow-up program continues during
the academic year.
The program is also intended to boost student interest and abilities to
pursue careers in research and biotechnology.
Teachers each receive graduate credit, a stipend, travel and living
expenses, textbooks and equipment and materials for their classrooms.
A large teaching staff during the workshops will provide hands-on
opportunities for the teachers.