The event is organized by the university's Fralin Biotechnology Center and Division of Continuing Education, in collaboration with the National Association of Biology Teachers to help science educators keep abreast of scientific discoveries and related developments in biotechnology. High school and community college faculty members as well as other interested persons are encouraged to attend.
Saturday, June 27 features 20 workshops with an array of innovative activities for the high school and community college classroom or laboratory.
Friday's program also offers several other outstanding scientists.
Carole Cramer, Virginia Tech professor of plant pathology, physiology and weed science and vice president of research with Croptech Development Corporation of Blacksburg, will talk about "Transgenic Plants for Human Pharmaceutical and Vaccine Production."
"Gene Therapy and Gene Repair" is the topic of a talk by Ken Culver, director of gene therapy research at Codon Pharmaceuticals of Gaithersburg, Md.
Terry Sharrer, curator of health sciences at the Smithsonian, will talk about "Cancer History and Gene Therapy Trials."
David Magnus of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania will address "Bioethical Implications of Mammalian Cloning."
And Paula Gregory-Division of Human Cancer Genetics, Ohio State University, will talk about "The Human Genome Project and Its Impact on Medicine."
Workshops, which are available to high school teachers, community college, and college faculty only, include programs by scientists from school and public and private laboratories around the country.