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Media Advisory

For immediate use

May 18, 2007

Media invited to Destiny bus stops in Randolph County

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 high schools in Randleman, Asheboro and Trinity next week.

Tuesday (May 22)
9:37 a.m. to 11:07 a.m.
11:47 a.m. to 1:23 p.m. 
Randleman High School
4396 Tigers Den Road, Randleman
Students from two of Cindy Davidson’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.

Wednesday (May 23)
11:37 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
1:21 p.m. to 2:51 p.m.
Southwestern Randolph High School
1641 Hopewell Friends Road, Asheboro
Students from two of Anita Helms’ 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.

Thursday (May 24)
11:35 a.m. to 1:05 p.m.
1:10 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.
5746 Trinity High Drive, Trinity
Students from two of Dianna Cecil’s biology classes will perform a lab exercise called “Biological Bodyguards.” Students will examine the vital role that the body’s immune system takes to fight illness and prevent disease. Assuming the role of medical lab technicians, students will use a simulated viral extract and perform an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to screen hypothetical patients for the presence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

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” is 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.

Destiny Web site: http://www.destiny.unc.edu

Destiny contact: Karen Kornegay (919) 843-7952 or kck@unc.edu
News Services contact: Susan Houston, (919) 962-8415 or susan­_houston@unc.edu