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:: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 03-20-2013
What’s an early experience that ignites a passion for science? Three scientists working to inspire the next generation remember what first excited them.
“I used to pan for gold when I was little,” said Damon Tighe, today a genomics researcher and science educator. “It was my first experience with separation techniques. It’s still what I think about when I separate proteins or DNA.”
Horacio Enriquez, now an engineer and materials manager, remembered when, as a high school student in the 1980s, he first saw a computer assisted drawing on a screen. “We didn’t have a computer. We couldn’t afford a computer. So seeing the CAD image touched on that and also made the connection for me with how products, electronics are designed.”
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:: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 02-12-2013
As part of the recently-launched Bio-Rad Science Ambassador Program, students in the sixth and seventh grade at Jefferson Middle School conducted the Genes in a Bottle™ experiment under the guidance of Science Ambassador, Dr. Lisa Eccles. An article subsequently appeared in Jefferson, Tennessee’s newspaper, The Standard Banner. The Science Ambassador concept has earned high praise from scientists and teachers alike. Even more important, the program has garnered rave reviews from students, who are able to conduct an exciting molecular biology experiment by themselves under the guidance of real scientists, who teach them the real-life laboratory procedures required to achieve success. Read the full article that appeared in The Standard Banner.