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Media Advisory

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Oct. 12, 2004 -- No. 493

UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor, science bus to visit
Fayetteville high school as part of ‘Carolina Connects’

Wednesday (Oct. 13), 10 a.m.
E.E. Smith High School
1800 Seabrook Road, Fayetteville

Media representatives are invited to cover a visit Wednesday (Oct. 13) by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor James Moeser to E.E. Smith High School. Moeser will meet with school officials, teachers and students, who will perform an experiment aboard Destiny, UNC-Chapel Hill’s traveling science learning bus.

Moeser’s trip to Fayetteville is part of his "Carolina Connects" initiative, launched in the spring. Through the initiative, Moeser is visiting each region of the state to highlight the many ways in which UNC-Chapel Hill serves North Carolina’s people and their communities.

Joining Moeser at E.E. Smith High School will be Dr. Walter "Skip" Bollenbacher, Destiny director and UNC biology professor.

At the visit, Letitia Myles’ biotechnology students will perform a lab exercise, part of Destiny’s curriculum, called "The Case of the Crown Jewels." Students assume the role of forensic scientists and use DNA restriction analysis, also known as DNA fingerprinting, to analyze a drop of "blood" found at the scene of a robbery. They will determine which of a number of suspects committed the "crime."

Destiny, a custom-built 40-foot, 26,000-pound bus, is full of state-of-the-art science and technology equipment for wet-lab experiments, Internet exploration and classroom materials. The bus brings the latest science and technology to students who otherwise would not see a high-technology laboratory or what a science career can offer. Since hitting the road in 2000, Destiny has visited 95 counties, 104 school systems and 250 schools. The bus has reached more than 850 educators, hosted more than 8,500 students for lab experiences on board and provided more than 24,000 students with classroom curriculum materials. For information, go to http://destiny.unc.edu.

Carolina Connects background: http://www.unc.edu/news/newsserv/archives/may04/carolinaconnects052704.html

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UNC-Chapel Hill contacts: Nancy Davis, 201-5621 (cell, on day of event); or Deb Saine, (919) 962-8415 or deborah_saine@unc.edu