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Media Advisory

For immediate use

April 2, 2007

UNC’s Destiny program visits Elizabeth City, Gatesville and Edenton

CHAPEL HILL – Media representatives are invited to experience hands-on science aboard Destiny, one of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s traveling science laboratories, when it visits Pasquotank High School, Gates High School and John A. Holmes High School this week.

Tuesday (April 3)
8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
9:45 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
Pasquotank High School
1064 Northside Road, Elizabeth City
Students from two of Sharon Meads’ honors biology classes 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.

Tuesday (April 3)
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Pasquotank High School
1064 Northside Road, Elizabeth City
Students from one of Cathy Bright’s anatomy 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 (April 4)
9:50 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
11:25 a.m. to 12:55 p.m.
Gates County High School
088 Highway 158 West, Gatesville
Students from two of Teri Campbell’s biology classes will perform a lab exercise called “From Finches to Fishes.” Protein gel electrophoresis will be used to acquire molecular data with which students will construct an evolutionary tree for five fish species. Students will examine proteomics as the new frontier of molecular biology and its importance to understanding the structure and function of the human genome and the genomes of other organisms.

Thursday (April 5)
8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
9:50 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
John A. Holmes High School
600 Woodard Street, Edenton
Students from two of Sherlton’s Broadnax’s biology classes will also perform “Case of the Crown Jewels,” described above.

The Destiny traveling science learning program is 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. “Case of the Crown Jewels” and “Mystery of the Crooked Cell” are developed from Boston University School of Medicine CityLab modules. All of Destiny’s modules are aligned with the N.C. Standard Course of Study.

The science buses are powerful visual images that heighten public awareness of the importance of and funding necessary for quality science education. The Destiny program first hit the road in 2000.

For more information, go to http://www.destiny.unc.edu

Destiny contact: Claire Bury, (919) 843-5915 or bury@unc.edu

News Services contact: Becky Oskin, (919) 962-8596 or becky_oskin@unc.edu