Bethesda, MD (July 13, 2006) As part of its effort to promote excellence in K-12 science education, The American Physiological Society (APS) awarded its 2006 Frontiers in Physiology Professional Development Fellowships to 20 middle and high school teachers in 12 states and the District of Columbia.
The Frontiers in Physiology program pairs each teacher/fellow with a researcher who is a member of APS. This year, 19 researchers will host and mentor the winning teachers for a summer of in-depth scientific research, giving them laboratory research experience and the chance to become part of a laboratory team.
The teachers learn research techniques and follow the scientific process from start to finish. As a result, they gain a greater understanding of science, something they can pass along to their own students. The teachers also will engage in a full year of professional development activities and will learn effective education strategies to help them translate their research experience into classroom lessons.
Listed by the teacher's school, the 2006 Frontiers in Physiology research teachers and their host institutions and mentors are as follows:
Academies @ Englewood, Dwight Morrow Campus, Englewood, NJ - Claire Kennedy
Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research Keith J. DiPetrillo
Arsenal Technical High School, Indianapolis, IN - Elmer Sanders
Indiana University School of Medicine C. Subah Packer
Blythewood High School, Blythewood, SC Stephen M. Biscotte
University of South Carolina School of Medicine - Gregory L. Brower
Camino Real Middle School, Las Cruces, NM - Sandra Cross
New Mexico State University Marvin Bernstein
Campagna Academy Charter School, Schererville, IN - Kathryn Hedges
Indiana University School of Medicine-Northwest Stephen F. Echtenkamp