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Media Advisory

For immediate use

April 27, 2007

Media invited to Destiny bus stops in Newland, Boone

CHAPEL HILL – 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 Avery County High School and Watauga High School next week.

Tuesday (May 1)
8:10 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.
9:55 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Avery County High School
401 High School Road, Newland
Students from two of Kay Campany’s advanced placement biology classes will perform a lab exercise called “Weigh to Go!”  Students will explore connections between obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Using hydrophobic interactive chromatography, a key process in biotechnology research, students will purify a genetically engineered designer protein (simulated modified leptin) from transformed bacterial cells.

Wednesday (May 2)
10:08 a.m. to 11:48 a.m.
2 p.m. to 3: 30 p.m.
Watauga High School
400 High School Drive, Boone
Students from two of Regina Alford’s biomedical technology classes will also perform “Weigh to Go!” as described above.

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: 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