[ASC-list] Vic Seminar: 7 Aug - Expanding Opportunities in Biotech for Urban Minority Students

imthinking (Ian Muchamore) ian at imthinking.com.au
Tue Aug 4 06:44:44 UTC 2009

Genetic Health Seminar
Friday 7th Aug 2009: 8.30am – 9.30am

Title: Expanding Opportunities in Biotech for Urban Minority Students
Venue:  Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Conference Rooms, 10th
Floor Royal Children's Hospital (turn right out of the blue lifts)

SPEAKER: Dr Julie P. Edmonds, Ph.D.
Co-director, Carnegie Academy for Science Education (CASE)

Although the Washington DC area has a vast number of employers in the
Biotechnology industry, students in the city itself are poorly placed
to take advantage of these employment opportunities. Edmonds and her
colleagues at the Carnegie Academy for Science Education have been
working on an NSF-funded project to assist the Public School System to
develop a career pathway in Biotechnology in local high schools. In
this talk, Dr Edmonds will describe the work that has been done so far
to develop curriculum, equip laboratories, train teachers and provide
internship opportunities for students. She will also share a fun
activity called ‘Genome Jewels’ that is used to introduce the
principals of bioinformatics to students and the general public.


Dr. Edmonds taught university classes for seven years in Australia
before obtaining her Ph.D. in molecular marine biology. During her
postdoctoral training at NIH in the U.S. she also volunteered at First
Light. She joined CASE in 1999 after 5 years in the biotechnology
industry. She takes the lead on all programs for elementary teachers
as well as First Light and has primary responsibility for financial
and administrative management of CASE. She also plays an active role
in DC Biotech. Dr. Edmonds serves as the Education and Public Outreach
lead for two major NASA grants to CIW research laboratories: the
MESSENGER mission to the planet Mercury and Carnegie’s NASA
Astrobiology Institute team. In this connection, she has worked on
nationwide educational outreach products and programs such as the
design of instructional materials for teachers and instruction of
teacher workshops focused on planetary science, life science, and

Read more about CASE: http://www.case.ciw.edu/

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