BUFFALO, N.Y. –The University at Buffalo is sponsoring a
genetics workshop for 31 high school teachers from area school
districts this week to provide them with the new classroom tools
needed to teach their students the rich history, complexity and
excitement of the world of genetics and genomics.
Participants are training with scientists from the UB School of
Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The program, part of a three-year
effort funded by the National Science Foundation, runs from 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m. daily through July 11 in 231 and 244 Cary Hall on the UB
Led by Stephen Koury, PhD, research assistant professor in
biotechnical and clinical laboratory sciences at UB, participating
teachers are from school districts in Buffalo (public and charter
schools), Cleveland Hill, Letchworth, Albion, Attica, Warsaw,
Pioneer and Newark, N.Y.
The current generation of high school students will come of age
in an era in which personal genetic information is increasingly
used in health care. So it is of vital importance that they
understand the genetic concepts necessary to make informed medical
decisions. They also need this information to confront personal,
social and ethical challenges that lie ahead in this area, and
consider further education in the field.
“The teachers are working with computer modules and there
is a lot of teacher-faculty interaction,” Koury says.
“They are learning about gene annotation, lesson plan
development and how to work with the NCBI – the National
Center for Biotechnology Information – to use a range of new
algorithmic programs to sequence genes, a process that was once
very time consuming, and much more.”
Press arrangements onsite: Stephen Koury, UB research assistant
professor in biotechnical and clinical laboratory sciences, at