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Media Advisory

For immediate use

Oct. 2, 2006 -- No. 459

UNC's Destiny science learning program
takes the bus to Murphy, Bryson City and Sylva

Media representatives are invited to climb aboard Destiny, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's traveling science laboratory, this week as it travels to high schools in Murphy, Bryson City and Sylva.

Tuesday (Oct. 3), 8:13 a.m. to 9:43 a.m.;
12:00 p.m. to 1:25 p.m.
Murphy High School
254 High School Circle, Murphy

Two of Lynn Deweese's biology classes will perform a lab exercise called "Mystery of the Crooked Cell." Students will discover the molecular basis of sickle cell disease by using gel electrophoresis as a diagnostic tool to differentiate normal hemoglobin from hemoglobin found in individuals with sickle cell disease.

Wednesday (Oct. 4), 9:40 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.;
11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Swain County High School
1415 Fontana Road, Bryson City

At the visit, two of Norma Pattillo's biology classes will perform a lab exercise called "Mystery of the Crooked Cell." Students will discover the molecular basis of sickle cell disease by using gel electrophoresis as a diagnostic tool to differentiate normal hemoglobin from hemoglobin found in individuals with sickle cell disease.

Thursday (Oct. 5), 9:37 a.m. to 11:01 a.m.;
11:54 a.m. to 1:25 p.m.
Smoky Mountain High School
100 Smoky Mountain Drive, Sylva

Two biology classes taught by Kim Corzine will perform a lab exercise called "Case of the Crown Jewels." Students will assume the role of forensic scientists and perform DNA restriction analysis (popularly known as DNA fingerprinting) to analyze drops of "blood" and other kinds of evidence found at crime scenes as they determine which suspects are guilty or innocent.

The Destiny traveling science learning program is the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center's formal science education initiative serving pre-college teachers and students across North Carolina. Destiny develops and delivers a standards-based, hands-on curriculum and teacher professional development with a team of educators and a fleet of vehicles that travel throughout the state.

Destiny and Discovery, two custom-built, 40-foot, 33,000-pound buses, bring the latest science and technology equipment to students who otherwise would not see a high-tech laboratory or what a career in science can offer. The modules described above are among 13 offered as part of Destiny's curriculum. All of Destiny's modules are aligned with the N.C. Standard Course of Study.

The science bus is a powerful visual image that heightens public awareness of the importance of and funding necessary for quality science education. Destiny first hit the road in 2000.
For more information, go to http://www.destiny.unc.edu.

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Destiny science learning contact: Claire Bury, (919) 843-5915 or bury@unc.edu
News Services contact: Kyle York, (919) 962-8415 or kyle_york@unc.edu