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Intensive biotech workshops for teachers continue

Nineteen high-school biology teachers are tackling some serious biotechnology issues at Miami this month: cloning, genetically modified food, E. coli bacteria and the human genome project, among others.

The teachers from cities and rural areas in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana are learning how to approach these topics and how to teach their high-schoolers to clone E. coli DNA in a workshop concluding this week.

The annual workshop is part of a three-year $450,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

Workshop leaders are J.K. Bhattacharjee and Gary Janssen (both microbiology).

Participants are in class 8 a.m.-noon, then perform hands-on lab work from 1-5 p.m. and hold discussions, including topics on the ethical, political and social issues related to cloning, from 6-9 p.m.

The program supplies each teacher with a $600 stipend, graduate credit, travel and living expenses, textbooks and equipment and materials for their classrooms. "These teachers will teach 50 to 150 students each and directly impact more than 2,000 students each year as a result of the knowledge and technical skills gained in the workshop," said Bhattacharjee.

This is the tenth year Miami has offered the Teacher Enhancement in Recombinant DNA and Molecular Biology workshops.

Date Published: 06/28/2001
Volume: 20   Number: 39


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