Navigation Links
'Inspiring' teens with 'research virus': Expert-mentored bioscience contest proves a powerful vector
Date:2/20/2013

edible talent in high schools and CEGEP classrooms nation-wide," says Rick Levick, Executive Director of BEC and head of the national competition since its inception,

"The mentors are the unsung heroes of the SBCC program. They often bring out a passion for science and talent for research in kids who didn't know they had any."

Dr. Gavin Clark, the respected, now-retired U of T microbiology professor, when first asked to mentor students in early competitions, recalls being a little overwhelmed by the idea of adding "free range" high school teens to his low key lab which specialized in food poisoning bacteria.

In the end, though, he found "it's rather refreshing to have them around. We don't usually do high fives in the lab."

Among many other exemplary long-term, all-star SBCC mentors:

  • Dr. Ben Alman has likewise mentored many SBCC competitors over the years, despite his many roles: head of orthopaedics and a senior scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children, the University of Toronto's chair of orthopaedics and vice-chair of its Department of Surgery, and a practicing MD specializing in child syndromes, spinal deformities, neuromuscular disorders, and tumors.

    So why spend time with high school kids? "If just 10% of them catch fire," he says, "that helps create Canada's next generation of scientists," he says.

  • For 10 years Dr. Stephen Westcott, a professor at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, has mentored local high schoolers through the SBCC and loves to see kids get hooked on science. One student's SBCC research found its way into a peer-reviewed academic journal.

    He calls the SBCC "a fantastic experience" for students and "a great way to grow new Canadian researchers."

  • In the corridors of the University of Calgary, there's a scene familiar outside hockey rinks and dance studios across Canada: P
    '/>"/>

Contact: Terry Collins
tc@tca.tc
416-538-8712
Bioscience Education Canada
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Related biology news :

1. New study reveals more inspiring reasons to serve veggies at dinner
2. Teens susceptible to hepatitis B infection despite vaccination as infants
3. For pre-teens, kindness may be key to popularity
4. Parents talking to their teens about being overweight
5. Researchers decipher modus operandi of potential Alzheimers drug
6. Research secured for the future: Pensoft Publishers takes on CLOCKSS archival technology
7. Stanford researchers develop tool for reading the minds of mice
8. Virology researcher awarded nearly $2 million to study chronic hepatitis E
9. Organic rice research moves to front burner in Texas
10. Sloan Foundation announces 2013 Sloan Research Fellows
11. Researchers in Manchester find genetic key to preventing spine tumors
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/21/2014)... the water window? It consists of radiations in the ... by the water in biological tissues. New theoretical findings ... within the water window. These could be the basis ... of the biological samples or to be used in ... physical mechanism needed to efficiently generate the harmonic radiationswhich ...
(Date:8/21/2014)... A team of researchers at Louisiana Tech ... using affordable, consumer-grade 3D printers and materials ... contain antibacterial and chemotherapeutic compounds for targeted ... doctoral students and research faculty from Louisiana ... collaborated to create filament extruders that can ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... Aug. 20, 2014 George E. Fox, a John and ... of Houston (UH), was named a fellow in the International ... , Fox is one of four members two ... chosen as fellows in 2014. Fellows are elected every ... more than 500 members from more than 20 countries, the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Water window imaging opportunity 2Louisiana Tech University researchers use 3D printers to create custom medical implants 2Louisiana Tech University researchers use 3D printers to create custom medical implants 3UH professor named fellow by International Astrobiology Society 2
... emphasizes the development of a series of nested environment ... with the individual, and also affect the development of ... is the major source influencing human development, which is ... saw the individual,s experience "as a set of nested ...
... N. Kuggie Vallee Foundation announces, today, the first recipients ... are: Dr. Kirsty L. Spalding, Senior Researcher in ... Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm, Sweden) who studies obesity by investigating ... David Tobin, Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology ...
... enhance mental energy and well-being not only for healthy ... according to a July 15 panel discussion at the ... Food Expo held at McCormick Place. Bonnie Kaplan, ... University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, said Monday vitamins and ...
Cached Biology News:
(Date:8/22/2014)... Researchers at the University of Surrey have discovered how ... the body,s clock genes. , The new study, published ... that this clock activity in turn regulates the cycle ... researchers also discovered that the local biological clock and ... importance of the clock in bladder physiology and ageing. ...
(Date:8/22/2014)... investigated for application as catalysts, sensors, drug ... in photonics and molecular electronics. Gaining knowledge ... physical and chemical properties, has been challenging. ... demonstrated that high-resolution electron microscopy can be ... which all gold atoms are observed. The ...
(Date:8/22/2014)... 2014 Research and Markets has ... Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC) Industry Report 2014" report ... China Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC) Industry Report is a ... the global gel permeation chromatography industry with a focus ... basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications ...
(Date:8/22/2014)... Nerium International, the go-to, buzzworthy ... spotlight again. Nerium will showcase its signature NeriumAD® ... Contouring Cream to Hollywood’s elite at the official ... 66th Primetime Emmy® Awards. , Developed from cutting-edge ... trials show that NeriumAD night cream dramatically reduces ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Treatment for overactive bladder and irritable bowel syndrome advanced through pioneering research 2A breakthrough in imaging gold nanoparticles to atomic resolution by electron microscopy 2Global and China Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC) Industry Report 2014 2Nerium International Joins Television’s Biggest Stars at Backstage Creations Giving Suite at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2Nerium International Joins Television’s Biggest Stars at Backstage Creations Giving Suite at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 3
... , , STOCKHOLM , January ... the formation of BioChromix Pharma AB, a,new company working to develop ... Development will initially take,28 percent ownership in the new company. , ... as they have a novel,approach that targets the cause of the ...
... , FORT WORTH, Texas , ... Board: WNDM), announced today that it is nearing the completion of its ... first distributor in that country.  Numerous physicians in the nation have ... with its speed and efficacy in the management of diabetic ulcers ...
... , WILMINGTON, Del. , and ... DD ) and BASF Plant Science announced they have reached an ... DuPont and BASF filed suit against each other in U.S. Federal Court ... property rights relating to biotechnology traits, including traits that provide tolerance to ...
Cached Biology Technology:Karolinska Development Expands its Life Science Portfolio With BioChromix Pharma 2Karolinska Development Expands its Life Science Portfolio With BioChromix Pharma 3Wound Management Technologies, Inc. Rapidly Expands Its International Presence 2Wound Management Technologies, Inc. Rapidly Expands Its International Presence 3Wound Management Technologies, Inc. Rapidly Expands Its International Presence 4DuPont and BASF Announce Settlement 2DuPont and BASF Announce Settlement 3
... to reward the animal for foraging behavior.The Spatial ... built around a video camera, frame grabber, and ... fields at once and up to 6 moving ... records them, but also allows video replay of ...
tracking dye in electrophoresis; free acid, C 19 H 10 BrO 5 S; MW: 669.96...
... The Rice Oligo Microarray, 22K ... of rice genes associated with biological ... abiotic stress response. Each microarray contains ... of the rice (japonica) genome focuses ...
... Last innovation from Magnetofection technology, SilenceMag ... system available. Simple, rapid and easy ... and non toxic. Specifically designed for ... silencing at very low doses of ...
Biology Products: