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Friday, November 12, 2010

High School Biological: In the field with virus hunters

Laura, a high school student from Austin, hunts for nematode viruses in one of the micro-environments at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Laura, a high school student from Austin, hunts for nematode viruses in one of the micro-environments at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Daniel Oppenheimer from the College of Natural Sciences has a story about a UTexas researcher who fielded a team of high school biologists to help him find a nematode virus.

Read the first two graphs here:

In his race to be the first scientist in the world to find a nematode virus, Chris Sullivan had an unusual team of field biologists aiding him this summer—eight high school students from in and around Austin. They were there as part of a National Science Foundation-funded grant to Dr. Sullivan that enabled him to collaborate with University Outreach, a UT-sponsored, state-wide effort to help underrepresented students prepare themselves for college.

Every morning for two and a half weeks, Sullivan and undergraduate members of his lab took the kids through a kind of blast course in research biology. It consisted of short lessons in the science basics, instruction in lab techniques, a few field trips, and one very ambitious research project.

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