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Number: 03-85
Released: November 25, 2003
Contact: Diane Greenberg, 631 344-2347 or Mona S. Rowe, 631 344-5056

Brookhaven Lab Joins Johns Hopkins University to Help Middle School Students Explore Biotechnology & Bioengineering

UPTON, NY -- About 120 gifted and talented middle school students and their parents recently attended a Saturday program called “Explorations in Biotechnology & Bioengineering” hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory and sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.

The students, who came from Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Vermont engaged in hands-on activities to explore the biological sciences with instruction from Brookhaven researchers. In addition, both parents and students learned about some of the forefront research in biology and related fields that is ongoing at Brookhaven Lab.

In the photo at right, Eileen Jen of Ridgewood, New Jersey, and Jashan Lalwani of Paramus, New Jersey, look at microorganisms under the microscope under the direction of Barbara Panessa-Warren, a microscopist at Brookhaven who led a workshop on “Careers in Biotechnology.” (Download 300-dpi, hi-res version of the photo.) Other workshops offered were: “NASA Space Radiation Laboratory Activities,” “Blood at Atomic Resolution: Hemoglobin and Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy,” “From DNA to Genetic Analysis,” “Crystallography,” “Bacteria as Protein Factories,” “Grow Your Own Protein,” and “Exploring Protein Structure in Cyberspace.”

The goal of the Johns Hopkins University Science and Technology Series is to interest academically gifted and talented youth in science and mathematics careers.