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Genetic Science Learning Center

Mel Limson, a postdoctoral fellow in Science Education, completed his Ph.D. in Biochemistry in June 2002 from Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. His dissertation work examined cellular pathways that influence DNA repair after UV-induced damage in the baker's yeast.

 

The Genetic Science Learning Center is an established education and outreach program located in the midst of genome, medical genetics, and classical genetics research at the Eccles Institute of Human Genetics at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The Learning Center’s mission is to help people understand how genetics affects their lives and society.  To this end we (1) partner with precollege science teachers to develop and produce innovative Internet-based curriculum supplement materials focused on genetics, biotechnology and bioethics; (2) update and expand teachers’ knowledge in these areas through professional development programs; and (3) engage precollege students in science enrichment experiences.

Funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Precollege Science Education Program Initiative for Biomedical Research Institutions and the Science Education Partnership Award program of the National Center for Research Resources at the National Institutes of Health enable the Learning Center to provide postdoctoral training for research scientists transitioning into science education careers.  My two-year (2002-2004) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Science Education provides me the opportunity to gain experience with all aspects of the Learning Center’s programs, introducing me to the culture and challenges of public education, both in Utah and across the nation.  The fellowship also familiarizes me with university partnerships with the community and with informal science education institutions.  Finally, this experience will help me achieve my goal of being involved with state or national science education policies or organizations.

Contact Mel at mlimson@genetics.utah.edu if you would like further information.