Registration underway for USU Biotechnology Teacher Symposium

Utah State University’s Center for Integrated BioSystems, in collaboration with the State of Utah’s Office of Education, offers teachers across Utah an opportunity to expand their knowledge of biotechnology. The ninth annual Biotechnology Teacher Symposium takes place Monday, Nov. 9, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Center for Integrated BioSystems located USU’s Logan campus. Registration is free and a continental breakfast and lunch will be served to attendees. This year’s symposium will explore animal cell culture techniques and animal cloning. It will be an intensive, one-day program open to all science, health-science and agriculture science teachers and pre-service teachers. Both new and past-attendees are welcome Participants will hear from fellow science teachers about incorporating biotechnology into existing science courses. The laboratory exercises include visualization of animal cells in culture and cell growth, comparison of normal cells to cancer cells in culture, preparation of chromosome spreads from human cells, nuclear transfer techniques and animal cloning. The program is free for all public school teachers, and those attending will receive a manual containing presentations, laboratory exercises and other reference materials. Utah State Office of Education offers 0.5 in-service credits to teachers participating in the program. Afifa Sabir, the education coordinator for the CIB and a lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Systems Technology and Education, has designed and coordinated this educational outreach program. Questions on this year’s program may be directed to her by calling (435)-760-3767 or by email: afifa.sabir@usu.edu. The deadline for registration is Oct. 23. Participants may either register online at the USU Center for Integrated Systems Web site (http://www.biosystems.usu.edu/education/high_school/symposium/) or by contacting Ken Olsen at ken.olsen@usu.edu or 435-797-3504.

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