Release Date: March 25, 2019
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Hundreds of 8th-graders from Buffalo Public Schools will don laboratory gloves, spit in a cup and extract their very own DNA from the saliva during UB’s annual Genome Day on March 26.
At the end of the workshop, students will bring their genetic material home in a clear vial attached to a necklace. The activity is a fun, hands-on way to introduce middle schoolers to concepts surrounding genomics and genetics.
“Genome Day is a really exciting experience for the students,” says Sandra K. Small, PhD, science education manager at UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences (CBLS) and lead event organizer. “They are able to extract and visualize their own DNA and take it home in a necklace. By engaging students in hands-on science in middle school, in a state-of-the-art health sciences building, we’re helping them to visualize themselves working in health sciences careers.”
What: Genome Day 2019.
Where: The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building at the corner of Main and High streets in Buffalo.
When: Tuesday, March 26.
Who: About 400 8th-graders from Buffalo Public Schools are expected to attend.
Visuals: The process of isolating DNA includes a number of highly visual steps, and the DNA itself is visible as a web-like cluster of white organic material. See photos of last year’s event.
Media arrangements: Contact Julianna Fortain, marketing and special events coordinator with UB’s Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships team, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 716-881-7586. Fortain will be in the medical school lobby at Main and High streets starting at 9:30 a.m.
Sponsors: CBLS; the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo; UB’s Genome, Environment and Microbiome (GEM) Community of Excellence; Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center; and Buffalo Public Schools.