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Media Advisory

For immediate use

Oct. 27, 2006 -- No. 516

Bladen County students tour UNC labs,
explore science opportunities Monday

Monday (Oct. 30)
10:15 a.m. to 1:35 p.m.
UNC campus sites
Chapel Hill

The Destiny traveling science learning program invites media representatives to cover an interactive science visit to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus by biology, chemistry and physics students from East Bladen High School.

While on campus, 30 students from one of Cheryl West's biology classes and 22 students from Betty Conner's chemistry and physics classes will visit campus laboratories to observe experiments in progress and learn about different types of research. The students will also view the film "DNA: The Secret of Life" at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

Sue Klapper, senior assistant director of undergraduate admissions

10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
NASA Digital Theater, North Gallery

Viewing of "DNA: The Secret of Life"
10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
NASA Digital Theater, North Gallery

Students will be welcomed by Sue Klapper and then view a showing of "DNA: The Secret of Life," an original Morehead and Planetarium and Science Center film that retraces the discovery of the DNA double helix structure and peers into the future of genomics research. The film runs approximately 35 minutes.

Break and lunch
11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Outside, in front of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

Observe laboratory operations
12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.;
1:05 p.m. to 1:35 p.m.

Two groups of chemistry and physics students visit Kenan Labs room A-405 (A Tower, 4th floor) and Mary Ellen Jones Building room 514.

12:20 p.m. to 12:40 p.m.;
12:45 p.m. to 1:10 p.m.;
1:15 p.m. - 1:35 p.m.

Three groups of biology students visit Fordham Hall rooms 216, 220 and 303.

Immediately after lunch, students will break into five groups. Two of these groups will consist of Conner's chemistry and physics students, who will rotate through campus labs to observe research experiments conducted by two graduate student researchers.

Research on the tour includes bioinorganic chemistry, specifically the electrocatalytic oxidation of amino acids, and the study of DNA replication at a cancer research lab.

Three groups of West's biology students will rotate through campus labs to observe experiments conducted by two postdoctoral fellows and one graduate student researcher.

Research on the tour includes heart development, using frogs as the model organism; the influence of genes on cells through working with the microscopic worm C. elegans; and the maintenance of the genome, using fruit flies as the model.

The Destiny program's activities for Bladen County schools are federally funded by the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program. SEPA's goals are to engage the public in medical research, stimulate interest in science, and encourage the next generation of health professionals.

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.

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NOTE: Media may cycle with a group of East Bladen High School students through the labs, if they wish, or stay in one lab as student groups cycle through.

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Destiny science learning contact: Claire Bury, (919) 923-1815 or
News Services contact: Kyle York, (919) 962-8415 or