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Media Advisory

For immediate use

April 27, 2007

Media invited to Chancellor’s Carolina Connects visit with Destiny in Hickory

CHAPEL HILL – As part of his Carolina Connects initiative, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor James Moeser will visit with students and teachers at Challenger Early College High School in conjunction with a stop there by the Destiny traveling science learning program. Media representatives are invited to experience hands-on science aboard Destiny, one of Carolina’s two traveling science laboratories.

Thursday (May 3)
11 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.
12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Challenger Early College High School
2550 Highway 70 SE, Hickory
Students from two of Molly Barlow’s biology classes will perform “Mystery of the Crooked Cell,” in which 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. Moeser will be part of the 11 a.m. class.
Carolina Connects is an initiative by Chancellor Moeser that takes university officials around North Carolina to highlight the ways in which the Carolina faculty, staff and students serve the state’s communities and people. Each stop across the state spotlights the university’s work in areas such as economic development, health care and public education.

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 module described above is 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:

Destiny contact: Claire Bury, (919) 843-5915 or
News Services contact: Susan Houston, (919) 962-8415 or susan­