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Media Advisory

For immediate use

April 20, 2007

UNC’s Destiny traveling science learning program to visit Asheville and Black Mountain students next week

Media representatives are invited to experience hands-on science aboard Discovery, one of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s two traveling science laboratories, when it visits A.C. Reynolds High School, the School of Inquiry and Life Sciences at Asheville and Charles D. Owen High School next week.

Tuesday (April 24)
8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
11:20 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
A.C. Reynolds High School
1 Rocket Drive, Asheville
Students from two of Josh Ray’s biology classes and two of Martha Cowan’s honors 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 (April 25)
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
2 p.m. to 3: 30 p.m.
School of Inquiry and Life Sciences at Asheville
419 McDowell Street, Asheville
Students from one of Bill Sanderson’s classes and one of Cindy Byron’s 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.

Thursday (April 26)
9:40 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.
Charles D. Owen High School
99 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain
Students from one of Anna P. Blackwell’s honors anatomy and physiology 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.

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. “Mystery of the Crooked Cell” and “Case of the Crown Jewels” 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 Destiny program’s activities for the School of Inquiry and Life Sciences at Asheville 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 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.

Destiny Web site: 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