Published January 10, 2013
Members of the Pharmacology
and Toxicology Graduate Student Association recently visited a
Buffalo public school to conduct experiments with students and
spark their interest in science.
During the Nov. 28 Science Day at Frank A. Sedita Academy, club
members, as well as several undergraduates, showed three classes of
eighth graders how to extract DNA from strawberries, separate
chemical components using chromatography and use surface tension to
tie-dye milk with food coloring and liquid soap.
“It is our hope that by participating in Science Day we
will encourage the curiosity of future scientists,” said club
president Bethany Asare, a PhD candidate in pharmacology and
“Our club is culturally and academically diverse, and our
interactions with the students provide opportunities to let them
know that science is not restricted to the stereotypical Einstein
“We are young, vibrant and passionate, and science is both engaging and fun."
This is the club’s third annual visit to the school, said Alex Morrison-Nozik, a PhD candidate in pharmacology and toxicology.
“The students get really into the projects we give them and have a lot of fun with them. From talking to both teachers and students, they can't wait for us to come back again.”
During the club’s question and answer session about
scientific careers, many students expressed an interest in
attending UB, he added.