HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS DEVELOP IMMUNOLOGY MATERIALS
December 16th, 2004
High school teachers applaud Dr. Starnbach's lecture,
"T-cell responses to Microbial Pathogens."
Dr. Michael Carroll, Harvard Medical School Professor of Pediatrics and Pathology, gave the first lecture of the series, entitled, "The Role of Innate and Adaptive Immunity in the Response to Pathogens." Following his talk, 75 participating high school biology teachers toured the lab of Professor Jack Strominger, the Center for Genomics Research (CGR), or attended a workshop on bioinformatics. Subsequent talks were given by Harvard Medical School professors Dr. Michael Starnbach, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, and Dr. Judy Lieberman, Senior Investigator and Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, entitled "T-cell Responses to Microbial Pathogens," and "Harnessing RNA Interference for Therapy," respectively. The next lecture, "Innate Immunity in Tropical Disease on November 17, was given by Dr. Donald Harn, a professor in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Due to extensive progress in immunology over the last decade, and because its concepts are tightly interwoven with public health, participating high school teachers chose it as the focus of this year’s Fall Outreach Program. But immunology can be difficult to integrate into high school classrooms due to its complexity, the expensive equipment required, and because it is largely ignored by state and national curriculum standards. During the activity sessions, eight teachers from the summer outreach program presented resources they developed in the summer to the fall participants. These resources, which include lesson plans, web quests, and animations on immunology, give fall participants the ability to incorporate immunology into their curriculums.
Shahira Badran, a participating teacher from Somerville High School in Somerville, MA, commented, "I absolutely love the program…I enjoy it immensely and look forward to it very much. It is mentally and intellectually stimulating, and it provides me with very useful materials." Badran continued, "Due to my very hectic life as a teacher, this has become the only opportunity for me to stay in touch with current research and to update my knowledge. I am also originally a molecular biologist, and this program allows me to pursue my interests in that field, and familiarize myself with the advanced technologies and lab procedures in research, despite the never-ending teaching responsibilities."
Dr. Judy Lieberman
The final session of the fall program takes place on December 1, when Dr. Robert Lue, Senior Lecturer on Molecular and Cellular Biology, Dean of the Harvard Summer School, and Director of HHMI Undergraduate and Outreach Programs, presents, "Co-option and Destruction of the Immune System by HIV."
If you are interested in learning more about MCB/HHMI Outreach programs, please visit the MCB Outreach website, http://outreach.mcb.harvard.edu, or email Tara Bennett, Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Susan Johnson, Curriculum Consultant, at email@example.com.