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Dr. Jill Biden Kicks-Off Community College to Career Bus Tour

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Dr. Jill Biden and U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis will embark on a five-state “Community College to Career” bus tour to highlight innovative industry partnerships this week. The tour will begin on February 22 with a visit at Columbus State Community College before continuing to DG Medical. At DG Medical, Dr. Biden and Secretary Solis will join BioOhio and Sinclair Community College officials to see first-hand the impact of a U.S. Department of Labor grant-funded Read More >

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Why Are Women Underrepresented in Scientific Fields?

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Last week, I wrote about the systemic failure of public schools to prepare kids for science and math focused jobs. These aren’t just theoretical jobs of tomorrow, they are well-paid positions that American employers literally can’t fill fast enough. Despite this nation’s poor international ranking in both math and science educational achievement, tech focused jobs in the U.S. have grown at three times the normal pace through this past decade. This trend is expected to Read More >

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Science Education in Deep Trouble; Report Shows Sad State of Affairs

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American business leaders rue the lack of home-grown skilled workers. This is a problem governors and legislators have been acknowledging for years. However, a recent report from The Thomas B. Fordham Institute indicates that many states continue to ignore the need for strong science curriculums as a means of producing workers for an increasingly high-tech economy. This quote says it all: “American science performance is lagging as the economy becomes increasingly high tech, but our Read More >

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The BioGENEius Challenge: Prarthana Dalal

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By Prarthana Dalal, 2011 International BioGENEius Challenge 1st Place Winner Project Title: Modeling of human non-deletional hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin (HPFH) conditions in β-globin locus transgenic mouse models: The -175 (T to C) and -195 (C to G) A-gamma globin gene point mutations Project Description: My project was focused on hemoglobingenetics and how sequence changes can effect fetal hemoglobin production in mouse models, which can be used to understand treatment mechanisms for sickle cell Read More >

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The BioGENEius Challenge: Priyen Patel

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By Priyen Patel, 2011 U.S. National BioGENEius Media Award Winner Project Title: Over-the-Counter and In Your Water? The Most Effective Filtration of Pharmaceuticals Project Description: Research shows minute concentrations of drugs in 51 million Americans’ water, leading to tumors and reproductive problems in fish and slowing the growth of kidney cells in humans. I focused on filtering ibuprofen and acetaminophen and my results are: the water distiller (100% effective), the activated carbon filter and ion Read More >

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