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Media Advisory

For immediate use

April 27, 2007

Media invited to Destiny bus stops in Lenoir, Morganton

CHAPEL HILL – Media representatives are invited to experience hands-on science aboard Destiny, one of the University of North Carolina’s two traveling science laboratories. The Destiny bus will visit Freedom High School in Morganton and Hibriten High School in Lenoir next week.

Tuesday (May 1)
7:55 a.m. to 9:25 a.m.
9:35 a.m. to 11:05 a.m.
11:35 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.
1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Freedom High School
511 Independence Boulevard, Morganton
Students from one of Christy Arrowood’s college placement biology classes and three of Kathy McCormick’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 2)
9:35 a.m. to 11:18 a.m.
11:50 a.m. to 1:20 p.m.
Hibriten High School
550 East Boulevard, Lenoir
Students from one of Amy Bradley’s general biology classes and one of her honors biology classes will perform “Mystery of the Crooked Cell.” They 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 (Delivering Edge-Cutting Science Technology and Internet Across North Carolina for Years to Come) 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. 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: Claire Bury, (919) 843-5915 or bury@unc.edu
News Services contact: Susan Houston, (919) 962-8415 or susan­_houston@unc.edu