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ASBMB wins National Science Foundation grant to enhance K-12 science education
Date:4/10/2012

The National Science Foundation has awarded the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology a grant of $70,450 for a program that seeks to enhance the caliber of science education in middle and high schools.

The program, titled Hands-on Opportunities to Promote Engagement in Science (HOPES), includes two forthcoming science-outreach workshops and annual mini-grant opportunities for teachers and college faculty members to work together to develop hands-on science curricula for students.

The workshops, titled Fostering Interactions between Educators from Local Colleges/Universities and K-12 Schools, will be held this April 21 in San Diego and April 20, 2012, in Boston, as part of the society's annual meetings and in conjunction with the Experimental Biology conference, which usually draws more than 13,000 researchers. The grant was issued to ASBMB members Regina Stevens-Truss, a professor at Kalamazoo College, and Peter J. Kennelly, a professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Dozens of junior high and highs school science teachers looking for new ways to encourage their students to pursue high-tech studies and careers will participate in the two free, four-hour events, which will pair the teachers with college and university faculty members to forge partnerships that will support their efforts over future years. In addition to hearing about ongoing outreach activities being conducted, participants also will engage in potential in-class projects.

"The truth of the matter is that if we really want to retain students in science, we need to start earlier," said Stevens-Truss of the endeavor. "The idea was to somehow try to find a way to bring teachers and college faculty together to make science more hands-on and less textbook, because, as we all know, science isn't taught from a textbook."

Workshop participants will be able to apply for small grants to be used for de
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Contact: Weiyi Zhao
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American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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